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Intel Core i9-7960X

Introduction, Chip Background CPU Tests

We’ve seen and tested so many new high-end desktop CPUs from Intel and AMD over a final several months that it’s apropos tough to fit all a applicable models into any singular benchmark chart. Plus, these new processors camber so many opposite platforms, a exam dais is removing strong swarming with all a compulsory exam machines. Some days, it looks like we’re convention a possess internal bend of Best Buy or Micro Center, given all a tools compulsory to exam them all.

Of course, while these are teenager problems for us reviewers, it’s all good news for consumers. Whether you’re in a marketplace for a budget-minded, around-$100 chip like a AMD Ryzen 3 1200Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition, or something in a immeasurable cove between those two, there’s approaching an appealing new CPU choice to fit your bill and/or workload.

Intel Core i9-7960X (In Box 2)

To put it another way, a 16-core Intel Core i9-7960X that we’re looking during here, one step down from a Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition chip mentioned above, is a 18th processor we’ve reviewed this year. It’s also a sixth chip we’ve looked during on Intel’s fan Core X-Series height alone—out of 9 sum Core X-Series chips that now camber both a “Skylake” and “Kaby” Lake architectures. And afterwards there’s AMD’s competing Ryzen Threadripper height that, while it doesn’t offer utterly as many chip options (just three, during this writing), is rarely opposition on price. The top-end AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950XIntel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition (a chip really identical to this one, usually with dual additional cores), we’ll approach we there to a finer sum of that discussion. Once you’re all held up, we’ll join we subsequent for a benchmark, overclocking, and gaming tests to find out usually where this chip lands in this unexpected swarming marketplace of extremely high-end CPUs.



CPU-Specific Performance Testing

For a exam setup, we forsaken a Core i9-7960X into the Asus Prime X299-Deluxe motherboard of a Core X-Series testbed PC, along with 32GB of Corsair memory regulating in a quad-channel setup. An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders EditionKingston HyperX Savage was a SATA-interface foot drive.

Intel Core-i9-7980XE Testbed

We stranded all those components into the Deepcool GamerStorm Genome ROG Certified case, which includes a self-contained glass cooler with a vast three-fan radiator. 

The Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition sits during a tip of today’s consumer CPU heap, with a Core i9-7960X we’re looking during here one step down a Core X-Series ladder. Both of those chips lay far, distant above mainstream offerings such as a four-core Intel Core i7-7700KRyzen 7 1800XIntel Core i7-7820XAMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920XIntel Core i9-7900X

As remarkable earlier, a 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950XIntel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition. That final chip sole during launch for about a same cost as a 16-core CPU we’re looking during here, so it should show how distant we’ve come, from a price-to-performance standpoint, in a final year or so—at slightest when it comes to tasks that like lots of cores and threads.

Cinebench R15

First adult in a contrast regimen: Maxon’s CPU-crunching Cinebench R15 test, that is entirely threaded to make use of all accessible processor cores and threads, regulating a CPU rather than a GPU to describe a formidable image. The outcome is a exclusive measure indicating a PC’s bearing for processor-intensive workloads.

Along with a common exam that creates use of all accessible cores, we’ve combined a single-core formula here to get a clarity of how Intel’s 16-core chip fares in easily threaded workloads.

Intel Core i9-7960X (Cinebench)

As we expected, a Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition landed on tip on a multi-core exam here, with a 18 cores besting a 16-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X by about 12 percent. The Core i9-7960X was usually about 6 percent behind a pricier Extreme Edition kin chip, yet it was also about a same volume ahead of a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X here, notwithstanding costing $700 some-more than that chip. On a single-core test, all of Intel’s new high-end chips were effectively tied, with AMD’s Threadripper tools alighting about 15 percent behind.

In one way, a Core i9-7960X is positively impressive: On a multi-core test, it’s almost 80 percent faster than 2016’s 10-core Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition. But even if you’re an Intel die-hard, we have to appreciate AMD for pulling a CPU opposition to recover a consumer chip this many some-more absolute from one era to a next. 

iTunes 10.6 Conversion Test

We afterwards switched over to a princely iTunes Encoding Test, regulating chronicle 10.6 of iTunes. This exam taxes usually a singular CPU core, as many bequest module still does.

Intel Core i9-7960X (iTunes)

Music encoding doesn’t pull a complicated CPU anything tighten to a limits—and positively not these chips. But this is precisely a kind of exam that shows Intel’s chips to their best advantage. Intel’s new Skylake and Kaby Lake architectures do improved than AMD’s Zen on single-threaded or easily threaded tasks. That said, unless you’re unresolved on to some really aged programs, many module that can take good advantage of mixed cores and threads has been updated to do so, during this point. 

Interestingly, a eight-core Core i7-7820X was a fastest chip here, with a Core i9 CPUs tighten behind. The new AMD tools lagged a bit serve back, yet they weren’t left in a silicon dust, by any means. All that said, if we caring many of all about easily threaded or single-threaded performance, get thee out of Intel Core X and AMD Threadripper altogether: The Core i7-7700K is a many improved value on that front, during underneath $350.

Handbrake 0.9.9

This is a time-consuming exam of video-crunching capabilities. Handbrake, a apparatus ordinarily used for converting videos from one format to another, advantages from carrying lots of cores and threads during your disposal. In this test, we use a nice, large hunk of 4K video to see how a chips perform with a postulated charge of this kind. We tasked a CPUs to modify a 12-minute-and-14-second 4K .MOV record (the 4K showcase brief film Tears of Steel) into a 1080p MPEG-4 video.

Intel Core i9-7960X (Handbrake)

This is a initial real-world test, so far, that takes advantage of lots of cores and threads. We again saw a Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition finish first. But a disproportion here between it and a 16-core Core i9-7960X was minimal. And a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X was usually 6 seconds behind, while costing a whole lot less.

We have taken a outrageous jump in core depends over a final year or so. Perhaps module will need to be rewritten to clear a full intensity of these high-core-count beasts. Given a gait of hardware advancements, that would be understandable, yet frequency a satisfaction for consumers investing in a $1,000-plus chip today.

POV-Ray 3.7

Next up, regulating a “All CPUs” setting, we ran a POV-Ray benchmark, that hurdles all accessible cores to describe a formidable photo-realistic picture regulating ray tracing. After that, again to get a clarity of how a Core i9 handles single-core performance, we ran a same benchmark regulating a “One CPU” setting.

Intel Core i9-7960X (POVRay)

Once again here, a Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition landed on tip on a “All CPUs” test, yet it was usually 2 seconds forward of a 16-core Core i9 counterpart, and 6 seconds forward of a Threadripper 1950X. On a single-core test, some of a obtuse Core X chips pulled ahead, yet a Core i9-7960X did conduct to trump a tip Threadripper chip—by about 9 percent.

Blender 2.77a

Blender is an open-source 3D content-creation module that can be used to pattern and emanate visible effects, animation, and 3D models for use in video games or 3D printing. We open a customary exam record (it’s of a drifting squirrel) and time how prolonged a exam processor takes to finish a render.

Intel Core i9-7960X (Blender)

The formula here were all sincerely close, with a Ryzen 7 1800X a usually genuine outlier (by distant a least-expensive AMD chip on a charts). Interestingly, though, it was a Core i9-7960X that landed in a lead here by a integrate of seconds. But given a $700 cost disproportion between it and a Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, it’s tough to see a five-second feat meriting $700 on this front.

7-Zip File Compression

Last, we dismissed adult a renouned 7-Zip file-compression module and ran a built-in compression/decompression benchmark, that is another useful exam of a CPU’s tender multi-core abilities.

Intel Core i9-7960X (7-Zip)

This final exam showed Intel’s 18-core chip once again besting a AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X by about 15 percent. The 16-core Core i9-7960X was, surprisingly, usually about 5 percent behind a 18-core sibling, and roughly 10 percent forward of a tip Threadripper chip. But again, that cost disproportion between Intel and AMD’s competing processors is tough to ignore

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