Intel Core i9 7980XE / 7960X review: Intel back in the lead with 18 cores

New Skylake-X processors go up against AMD Threadripper


Benchmarks: web-browsing and Microsoft Office (Word and Excel 2016) 

In Chrome version 58 we run the Jetstream benchmark in order to determine how fast the processor can perform Javascript-calculations. We also run two tests using Microsoft Office 2016: in Word we convert a document of 1000 pages to a PDF-file. In Excel we run calculations in a complex sheet that predicts the future value of a stock portfolio based on the Monte Carlo algorithm.

Chrome and Word are not or barely multi-threaded. Because of the higher IPC, Intel has better results when compared with AMD. Of course the 7980XE and 7960X do not outperform the cheaper Skylake-X chips. The Monte Carlo test is fully multi-threaded; AMD was ahead in this one, but Intel regains the lead again. 

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