Media Rendering and Encoding

Blender 2.79b

Blender is another application that scales well to high CPU core counts, with the Intel i9-9980XE rendering the BMW workload 35% slower than the Threadripper 2990WX. 

In the more complex Gooseberry workload, the Intel i9-9980XE managed to shrink the performance gap with the Threadripper 2990WX to around 10%.

POV-Ray 3.7.0

Despite being 10% faster than the previous generation i9-7980XE, Intel's i9-9980XE comes in 27% slower than AMD's highest-end processors, the Threadripper 2990WX.


Handbrake encoding is tested with a 4K 100mbps source file and is transcoded to 1080p with a constant quality of 10mbps in a single pass encode. The encoders used are the X264 and X265 encoders bundled with Handbrake.

Despite the Threadripper processors' core count advantage, the i9-9980XE was faster in both H264 and H265 encoding. H264 encoding was 17% faster on the i9-9980XE, and H265 encoding was 28% faster.

X264 Benchmark 5.0.1

We see split results between pass 1 and pass 2 with the Threadripper 2990WX and Core i9-9980XE in X264 benchmark.

While the 2990WX has a 13% lead in pass 1, the i9-9980XE takes a 20% lead in the less threaded second pass.

V-Ray Benchmark

A new test for us at PC Perspective, the V-Ray Benchmark evaluates rendering capability for a given CPU with the V-Ray engine, which is a popular add-on renderer available for many 3D design programs like 3DS Max, Maya, and Revit.

Once again, in the V-Ray rendering benchmark, the i9-9980XE is 30% slower than the AMD Threadripper 2990WX.

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