Gaming Performance

Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation (DX12)

Testing Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation at 1080p with the "Crazy" preset showed a 5% advantage in average FPS for the i9-9980XE over the Threadripper 2990WX.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX12)

While the Intel i9-9980XE and the 24-core Threadripper 2970WX achieve the same average frame rate in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, both processors are 13% faster than the 32-core Threadripepr 2990WX.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

Despite not providing a performance advantage over the previous generation 18-core processor, the Intel i9-9980XE maintains a 16% lead over the Threadrippre 2990WX in Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

Civilization: VI 

In Civilization: VI's graphics benchmark. The 18-core Intel i9-9980XE scored 20% higher than the 32-core AMD Threadripper 2990WX.

Additionally, the Intel HEDT CPUs is 7% faster in the AI benchmark compared to the AMD Threadripper WX-series processors.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V has always been a very CPU dependent title, and it continues to show differences in this scenario.

In our testing, the i9-9980XE's average frame rate was 42% faster than the Threadripper 2990WX but still fell 24% short of the i9-9900K.

Assassin's Creed: Origins

While we actually see the previous generation i9-7980XE score a few frames higher than the i9-9980XE in Assassin's Creed: Origins, the new 18-core processor came out 8% ahead of the Threadripper 2990WX.

Total War: Warhammer II


Total War: Warhammer II is a title in which AMD's Threadripper WX-series processors have had particular difficulties. These difficulties don't seem to be nearly as evident with the Intel i9-9980XE, 

Generationally, the i9-9980XE saw a healthy bump in average frame rate of almost 10% over the i9-7980XE.

F1 2018

Across the board, performance is similar for all CPUs in F1 2018, with tie i9-9980XE edging out a 4% lead over the Threadripper 2990WX.

For Honor

Similarly, For Honor shows little CPU scaling, with the i9-9980XE and Threadripper 2990WX coming in neck-and-neck.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War shows a 6% increase in average FPS for the Intel i9-9980XE over the Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.

Strange Brigade (DX12 and Vulkan)

While Strange Brigade in DX12 mode shows a 5% advantage in frame rate for the i9-9980XE compared to the Threadripper 2990WX, this gap disappears when the game is set to the Vulkan renderer. 

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is another title in which the AMD Threadripper processors struggle. Comparing AMD and Intel's highest core count offerings to each other, we find the Intel Core i9-9980XE is over twice as fast as the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX.

Still, the 8-core Intel i9-9900K far and away has the performance lead here at almost 20% faster than the i9-9980XE.


In general, there aren't any surprises in the gaming performance of the new Intel Core i9-9980XE, and it's placed compared to the rest of the lineup. The stock frequency gains with the i9-9980XE in general, provide health gains over the previous generation i9-7980XE.

With the i9-9980XE, you don't have to make much of a compromise between a very high core count processor, and gaming performance, unlike what is often the case with AMD's Threadripper lineup. For the absolute highest gaming performance, the Intel Core i9-9900K still comes out on top due to its core frequency advantage.

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