Intel Core i9-10980XE Review 18 Cores of Pure Intel

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Intel Core i9-10980XE SPECworkstation 3.0.2

SPECworkstation 3 has been updated to 3.0.2 which measures the 3D graphics performance of systems running under the OpenGL and Direct X application programming interfaces. As a result of the new update, we cannot compare between past version 3 results so we will show the screenshot of the results here and graph them in later reviews.

EVGA X299 Dark SPECworkstation 1
EVGA X299 Dark SPECworkstation 1
EVGA X299 Dark SPECworkstation 2
EVGA X299 Dark SPECworkstation 2

Here are the results compared to a few of the competitive solutions:

Intel Core I9 10980XE SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Part 1
Intel Core I9 10980XE SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Part 1
Intel Core I9 10980XE SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Part 2
Intel Core I9 10980XE SPECworkstation 3.0.2 Part 2

In SPECworkstation 3.0.2 the EVGA X299 Dark and Intel Core i9-10980XE generates great results. Some tests in the suite clearly favor the higher core count AMD architectures. Still, if you look at the detail, the Intel Core i9-10980XE is very competitive. One should keep in context here that the Intel Core i9-10980XE is $400 or 29% less expensive than the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X and motherboards can be less expensive as well.

Intel Core i9-10980XE PassMark 9

PassMark Performance Test allows you to benchmark a PC using a variety of different speed tests; it tests the entire PC and all its components.

Intel Core I9 10980XE PassMark 9.0
Intel Core I9 10980XE PassMark 9.0

Passmark 9 was a benchmark that prefers Intel-based processors, even higher core count AMD processors do not generate good results. You can also see that the Intel Xeon W-3275 does not score as well as the Core i9-10980XE which makes us think it is more of a benchmark constraint.

Intel Core i9-10980XE PCMark 10

PCMark 10 is another system benchmark that we have not run to date but will start doing so in future reviews.

Intel Core I9 10980XE PCMark 10
Intel Core I9 10980XE PCMark 10

With PCMark 10 the EVGA X299 Dark and Intel Core i9-10980XE fall behind higher core count CPUs, but also remember this is a sub-$1000 part. It is actually extremely competitive with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX here, even though that CPU has 32 cores.

Intel Core i9-10980XE Blender Benchmark

The benchmark consists of two parts: a downloadable package which runs Blender and renders on several production files, and the Open Data portal on blender.org, where the results will be (optionally) uploaded. This benchmark can be downloaded here.

Intel Core I9 10980XE Blender Benchmark
Intel Core I9 10980XE Blender Benchmark

Keeping in context the Intel Xeon W-3275 is a $4449 part. If you can handle the lower memory footprint and lack of ECC, there are huge cost savings with the Core i9-10980XE.

Next, we are going to look at AIDA64 CPU Benchmarks.

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