Intel Core i9-9980XE Review & Specs

Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition 18 Cores 4.4GHz Turbo Unlocked LGA2066 X299 165W (999AD1)

Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition 18 Cores 4.4GHz Turbo Unlocked LGA2066 X299 165W (999AD1)

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18 Cores/36 Threads
3.00 GHz up to 4.40 GHz Max Turbo Frequency/24.75 MB Cache
Quad DDR4-2666 Memory channels
Compatible only with Motherboards based on Intel x299 chipsets
Intel Optane Memory supported

Specs Overview

Model BX80673I99980X
Release Date December 2018

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Series Core i9 X-Series Extreme Edition
Core Name Skylake X
Socket LGA2066
Integrated Graphics None
CPU Cores 18
CPU Threads 36
CPU Clock Rate 3000MHz
CPU Turbo Clock Rate 4400MHz
TDP 165W
CPU Cooler included
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
Maximum Supported Memory 128GB
Cache L3 24.75MB

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Critic Reviews


With its new STIM, the 9980XE's extra thermal headroom allows it to reach frequencies its predecessor couldn't by a decent margin.


At the end of the day, the Core i9-9980XE is the undisputed champion of the HEDT processor world that puts Intel on top again. However, you should take a long, hard look at whether the best performance is worth paying $1,979 (about £1,520, AU$2,800)...


Intel Core i9-9980XE Extreme Edition claims to be a 9th Generation CPU, however it is clearly a repackaged Core i9-7980XE with different voltage and speed curves that has been topped off with a soldered heat spreader. When we compare the two CPUs on...

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