Intel Core i9 benchmarks: 12 & 10-core Skylake X performance overview

Intel Core i9 benchmarks - 12-Core Skylake-X

The first Intel Core i9 benchmarks have surfaced on the web. According to the leaker, the benchmarks are for two high-end CPUs in the lineup giving us a glimpse of their performance.

The alleged specifications of Intel’s upcoming HEDT (high-end desktop) line of processors leaked out last week. Featuring a Core i9 branding, the chips are part of Skylake X and Kaby Lake X family and will target the multi-tasking geared desktop PCs.

Core i9 benchmarks Leaked – i9-7920X is a Massive Multi-Tasking Processor was the first to spot two entries of alleged Core i9 Skylake X CPUs over at UserBenchmark. The CPUs feature 12 and 10 cores, hinting they could be alleged engineering samples of Core i9 7920X and i9 7900X respectively.

According to the previous leak, the Core i9 7920X is a 12-core, 24-thread chip that will run at a boost clock speed of over 4GHz. It features 16.5 MB of L3 cache with support for 44 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes. The chip will ship with a TDP rating of 160W.

The Intel Core i9-7900X has 10 cores and 20 thread. It operates at 3.3GHz base and 4.3GHz boost which can further be boosted up to 4.5GHz with Intel Turbo 3.0. The total cache on the chip is 13.75 MB (L3) with same PCIe lanes and TDP as the i9 7920X.

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Looking at the leaked Core i9 benchmarks, you can see that the i9 7920X is a real monster, with a multi-core score of 1760. It outperforms the current Intel HEDT flagship Core i7 6950X in all single, quad and multi-core benchmarks, while simply crushes AMD’s Ryzen 7 1800X.

Intel Core i9 benchmarks: 12-core Skylake- X

The deca-core i9 7900X performs less than the Core i7 6950X @ 3.5GHz. The Ryzen 1800X also manages to beat the 7900X, but only in single core performance.

Intel Core i9 benchmarks: 10-core Skylake- X

The lower scores could be explained from the benchmark data which shows that both Skylake X chips are not yet operating at their finals specs and often lower clocks.

The Core i9 7900X runs at a base clock of 3.1GHz, 0.2GHz short of what’s the official specs. The Core i9 7920X can also be seen operating at only 2.9GHz base and 3.25GHz boost clock speeds.

So you can imagine how scary good these Core i9 beasts would be when they will be featuring the full 4.5GHz clocks.

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Intel Skylake-X CPUs will compete directly with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 9 Threadripper lineup build on their brand new X399 platform. More specifically, Intel’s 12-core parts will take on AMD’s Ryzen Whitehaven platform which comprises of CPUs with up to 16 cores.

Based on AMD’s modified Naples-based server SP3 socket, the Whitehaven platform not only offers more cores and threads compared to its Intel’s counterpart, but also more I/O, storage and L3 cache. Intel will need to launch their HEDT Core i9 chips with a price cut for maximum effect.

What do you think if Intel Core i9 benchmarks? Let us know in the comments below.

  • EastLondoner99

    I’m sure the single core performance will be a little better than Threadripper. But the main question is how much do they intend to charge for those i9? I’m sure AMD will charge less than $1,000 for their flagship CPU and can Intel follow that? Not to mention the TDP at an eye watering 160W from Intel. My next purchase will be AMD, I’m just fed up with Intel milking us for the last 5+ years.

    • othertomperson

      There’s nothing “eye-watering” about the TDP. If Intel and AMD measured TDP the same way the numbers would be very similar.

      • EastLondoner99

        I was thinking about the higher results if you were to overclock it. I always overclock my CPU so I was thinking how much higher it could go.

        • othertomperson

          AMD only has the advantage there because they barely overclock at all. If you decided to push Intel as far as you could push AMD you’d also not increase TDP by much

  • CPUsAreHistory

    For business, if AMDs ThreadRipper outperforms the I9 in multithreaded performance and has a lower price, the AMD is the winner and a no brainer..

    Intel as a processor company is in big trouble, in its future as a company, by not having high-end GPU technology..

    AMD will be stupid to license its high-end GPU technology but still Intel should bargain with AMD since NVIDIA dissed Intel by going with IBM and Intel without high-end GPU technology is dead..

    AMDs new GPU architectures are design for AMDs x86-64 instruction set which AMD licences to Intel, because the original x86 instruction set is useless..