Intel Core i9-7980XE vs i9-7960X

7980 Advantages

  • More CPU cores on the Intel Core i9-7980XE help to process multiple simultaneous applications or threads.

7960 Advantages

  • Base frequency of the Intel Core i9-7960X is higher than the frequency of the Intel Core i9-7980XE, as a result the Intel i9-7960X has better performance in multi-threaded programs.
  • This processor is priced about 15% cheaper.

Specifications Comparison

The charts below demonstrate the difference between Intel Core i9-7960X and i9-7980XE most important characteristics. These features, together with an IPC (instructions per cycle) number, determine how well a microprocessor performs. The "Number of cores / threads" graph shows the number of cores (darker area). Lighter area on the graph corresponds to the number of additional threads, provided by Hyper-Threading technology. The "Operating frequency" chart uses dark color for base frequency, whereas lighter area is for extra frequency, provided by Turbo feature. Darker area on the "On-chip cache" graph is for the On-chip L2 cache. Lighter area is for the L3 cache cache. While the L3 cache cache is usually larger than the On-chip L2 cache, it is always slower.

The number of cores / threads Operating frequency
Higher is better Higher is better
 
  - Intel Core i9-7980XE       - Intel Core i9-7960X
 
On-chip L2 + L3 cache Thermal Design Power
Higher is better Lower is better
 
Current official price  
 
Lower is better  
 
PROS & CONS
Core i9-7980XE Core i9-7960X
General recommendations:
Comes with more CPU cores
Can execute more threads at once
General recommendations:
Features higher base frequency
Less expensive
Drawbacks:
Base frequency is lower
Priced higher
Drawbacks:
Has fewer CPU cores
Cannot execute as many threads at once

Specifications

  Intel Core i9-7980XE Intel Core i9-7960X
Market segment Desktop
Manufacturer Intel
Family Core i9 Extreme Edition Core i9
 
BASIC DETAILS
 
Model number i9-7980XE i9-7960X
CPU part number CD8067303734902 CD8067303734802
Box part number BX80673I97980X
BXC80673I97980X
BX80673I97960X
BXC80673I97960X
Introduction date September 25, 2017
Current official price $1979 (as of Feb 2018) $1684 (as of Feb 2018)
 
CPU FEATURES
 
Core name Skylake-X
Microarchitecture Skylake
Technology (micron) 0.014
Data width (bits) 64
Socket Socket 2066
Frequency (MHz) 2600 2800
Turbo Frequency (MHz) 4400
Clock Multiplier 26 28
L1 cache 576 KB (code) / 576 KB (data) 512 KB (code) / 512 KB (data)
L2 cache (KB) 18432 16384
L3 cache (KB) 25344 22528
Max temperature (°C) 94 98
TDP (Watt) 165
Cores 18 16
Threads 36 32
Multiprocessing 1
 
INSTRUCTION SET EXTENSIONS
 
Advanced Encryption Standard Yes
EM64T 64-bit technology Yes
Advanced Vector Extensions Yes
Advanced Vector Extensions 2 Yes
16-bit Floating-Point conversion Yes
3-operand Fused Multiply-Add Yes
MMX Yes
SSE Yes
SSE2 Yes
SSE3 Yes
SSE4.1 Yes
SSE4.2 Yes
Supplemental SSE3 Yes
 
SUPPORTED TECHNOLOGIES
 
Hyper-Threading Yes
PowerNow!
Enhanced SpeedStep
Yes
Turbo Core
Turbo Boost
Yes
Unlocked multiplier Yes
Virtualization Yes
Virus Protection
Execute Disable bit
Yes
 
INTEGRATED MEMORY CONTROLLERS
 
The # of controllers 1
Memory channels 4
Supported memory DDR4-2666
Maximum memory
bandwidth (GB/s)
85.3