The Intel Core i9 7980XE is the fastest CPU you can buy; if you have $1999, that is
Intel may have very well been insane for announcing the Intel Core i9 7980XE back at Computex 2017 without any specifications revealed aside from the fact that it will feature 18 cores and 36 threads and a $1999 (~RM8383) price tag. It has just been benchmarked, and while it’s still very expensive, and it’s still very overkill, but if you want the fastest consumer CPU in the world, that’s the Intel Core i9 7980XE for you.
Benchmarker 7uly1 on coolenjoy.net, pitted it against the Ryzen Threadripper duo, at stock clocks. The Core i9 7980XE runs up at up to 3.4 GHz with all cores active, with a 4.2 GHz maximum boost when loaded on only two cores. For Intel to ask for more than double the price AMD is charging for their top of the line Threadripper 1950X, they have to at least beat the Threadrippers in terms of performance, and luckily the Intel CPU delivers here.
The Core i9 7980XE is downright faster than the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X in all the tested benchmarks. It beats the TOTL Threadripper in the multi-threaded Cinebench R15 benchmark by 37%, 10% in the single-threaded Cinebench R15 run, 24% in the multi-threaded CPU-Z benchmark, 12% in the single-core CPU-Z benchmark, and 23% in wPrime 2.1.0 1024M benchmark. There just isn’t a benchmark that the Ryzen Threadripper 1950X can best the Core i9 7980XE. But, the million dollar (or thousand dollar?) question remains. Is this worth double the price to you? Let us know in the comments section!
Pokdepinion: I will answer my own question. Nope, 37% faster in Cinebench is not enough to warrant double the price.