Test Bed and Setup

As per our processor testing policy, we take a premium category motherboard suitable for the socket, and equip the system with a suitable amount of memory running at the manufacturer's maximum supported frequency. This is also typically run at JEDEC subtimings where possible. It is noted that some users are not keen on this policy, stating that sometimes the maximum supported frequency is quite low, or faster memory is available at a similar price, or that the JEDEC speeds can be prohibitive for performance. While these comments make sense, ultimately very few users apply memory profiles (either XMP or other) as they require interaction with the BIOS, and most users will fall back on JEDEC supported speeds - this includes home users as well as industry who might want to shave off a cent or two from the cost or stay within the margins set by the manufacturer. Where possible, we will extend out testing to include faster memory modules either at the same time as the review or a later date.

Test Setup
Intel HEDT i9-9980XE
ASRock X299
OC Formula
P1.40 TRUE
Crucial Ballistix
AMD TR4 TR2 2970WX
TR2 2920X
X399 Zenith
1501 Enermax
Liqtech TR4
Corsair Vengeance
RGB Pro 4x8GB
TR2 2990WX
TR2 2950X
X399 Zenith
0508 Enermax
Liqtech TR4
G.Skill FlareX
GPU Sapphire RX 460 2GB (CPU Tests)
MSI GTX 1080 Gaming 8G (Gaming Tests)
PSU Corsair AX860i
Corsair AX1200i
SSD Crucial MX200 1TB
OS Windows 10 x64 RS3 1709
Spectre and Meltdown Patched
VRM Supplimented with SST-FHP141-VF 173 CFM fans

Unfortunately due to travel back and forth to the US for AMD’s Horizon Event and Supercomputing 2018, I was unable to look into overclocking performance for this review. We will hopefully cover it in another article.

Many thanks to...

We must thank the following companies for kindly providing hardware for our multiple test beds. Some of this hardware is not in this test bed specifically, but is used in other testing.

Hardware Providers
Sapphire RX 460 Nitro MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X OC Crucial MX200 +
MX500 SSDs
Corsair AX860i +
AX1200i PSUs
G.Skill RipjawsV,
SniperX, FlareX
Crucial Ballistix
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  • jospoortvliet - Friday, November 16, 2018 - link

    But then make sure it is realistic, not running in cache or such... A real db suitable for these chips is terabytes, merely keeping the index in ram... rule of thumb: if your index fits in cache your database doesn't need this CPU ;-) Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    I guess I can run my weather simulation in Excel on my personal machine now. neato. Reply
  • at8750 - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Hi, Ian.
    Did Intel officially announce Skylake-X Refresh be manufactured on 14++ node?
    But 9980XE Stepping is the same as 7980XE.
    Stepping is 4, there is no change.
  • SanX - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Sometimes the advantage of these processors with AVX512 versus usual desktop processors with AVX2 is crazy. The 3D particle tests fly like 500 mph cars. Which other tasks besides 3D particle movement also benefit from AVX512?

    How about linear algebra? Does Intel MKL which seems now support these extensions demonstrate similar speedups with AVX512 on solutions Ax=B, say, with the usual dense matrices?
  • TitovVN1974 - Friday, November 16, 2018 - link

    Pray look up linpack results. Reply
  • SonicAndSmoke - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    @Ian: What's with that paragraph about the Mesh clocks on page 1? Mesh clock is 2.4 GHz stock on SKX, and there is no mesh turbo at all. You can check for yourself with AIDA64 or HwInfo. So does SKX-R have the same 2.4 GHz clock, or higher? Reply
  • Tamerlin - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Thorough review as always.

    I'd like to request that you consider adding some DaVinci Resolve tests to your suite, as it would be helpful for professional film post production professionals. There is a free license which has enough capability for professional work, and there is free raw footage available from Black Magic's web site and 8K raw footage available from Red's.
    Thanks :)
  • askmedov - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Intel is playing with fire by doing incremental upgrades over and over again. Look no further than Apple's new iPads - their chips are better than what Intel has to offer in terms of price-power-efficiency. Apple is going to ditch Intel's processors very soon for most of its Mac lineup. Reply
  • bji - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Microsoft Windows is known to suck hard when it comes to performance on NUMA architectures and particularly the TR2 processors. See Phoronix for analysis.

    Why does Anandtech continue to post Windows-only benchmarks? They are fairly useless; they tell more about the limitations of Microsoft Windows than they do the processors themselves.

    Of course, if you're a poor sap stuck running Windows for any task that requires these processors, I guess you care, but you really should be pushing your operating system vendor to use some of their billions of dollars to hire OS developers who know what they are doing.

    I just bought a TR2 1950X for my software development workstation (Linux based) and I am fairly confident that for my work loads, it will kick the crap out of these Intel processors. I wouldn't know for sure though because I tend to read Anandtech fairly exclusively for hardware reports, dipping into sites like Phoronix only when necessary to get accurate details for edge cases like the TR2.

    It sure would be nice if my site of choice (Anandtech) would start posting relevant results from operating systems designed to take advantage of these high power processors instead of more Windows garbage ... especially Windows gaming benchmarks, as if those are even remotely relevant to this CPU segment!
  • bji - Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - link

    Erp I meant 2950X, sorry typo there. Reply

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