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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i9-9960X 16-Core 3.1GHz Xeon E7-8895 v2
New World 69% 66%
Resident Evil 8 41% 34%
Far Cry 6 52% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 50% 44%
Battlefield 2042 57% 52%
FIFA 22 71% 68%
Dying Light 2 58% 53%
Forza Horizon 5 69% 66%
Battlefield 6 57% 52%
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin 69% 66%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i9-9960X 16-Core 3.1GHz is massively better than the Intel Xeon E7-8895 v2 when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i9-9960X 16-Core was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E7-8895 v2, and so the Core i9-9960X 16-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon E7-8895 v2 when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i9-9960X 16-Core has 1 more core than the Xeon E7-8895 v2. 16 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Xeon E7-8895 v2 is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Core i9-9960X 16-Core, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Core i9-9960X 16-Core has 2 more threads than the Xeon E7-8895 v2. Both the Core i9-9960X 16-Core and the Xeon E7-8895 v2 use hyperthreading. The Core i9-9960X 16-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Xeon E7-8895 v2 has 2.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i9-9960X 16-Core and Xeon E7-8895 v2 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i9-9960X 16-Core has a 0.3 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Core i9-9960X 16-Core.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Core i9-9960X 16-Core has a 12544 KB bigger L2 cache than the Xeon E7-8895 v2, but on the other hand, it is the Xeon E7-8895 v2 that has a 15.5 MB bigger L3 cache than the Core i9-9960X 16-Core. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Core i9-9960X 16-Core is likely superior in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Xeon E7-8895 v2 has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i9-9960X 16-Core. However, the Core i9-9960X 16-Core was created with a 8 nm smaller manufacturing technology. Overall, by taking both into account, the Core i9-9960X 16-Core is likely the CPU with the lower heat production and power requirements, but there really isn't much in it.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSkylake XIvy Bridge
MoBo SocketSocket 2066LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date15 Nov 201818 Feb 2014
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores16vs15
CPU Threads32vs30
Clock Speed3.1 GHzvs2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.5 GHzvs3.6 GHz
Max TDP165 Wvs155 W
Lithography14 nmvs22 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature85°Cvs67°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size1024 KBvs960 KB
L2 Cache Size16384 KBvs3840 KB
L3 Cache Size22 MBvs37.5 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs4
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size52.5 mm 45 mmvs-
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i9-9960X 16-Core 3.1GHz is a high-end desktop (HEDT) CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Skylake X microarchitecture. It is competing against AMD's 2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper processors. It offers 16 physical cores (32 logical), initially clocked at 3.1GHz, which may go up to 4.5GHz using 1 cores with Turbo Boost 3.0, or 4.4 GHz accross 2 cores. All core boost clock speeds of 4.1 GHz are possible across all 16 Cores simultaneously. The i9-9960X has 22MB of L3 Cache. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 3.0, and Virtualization are activated. As an 'Extreme' variant, this processor has its multiplier unlocked and overclocking is possible. This Intel Core i9-9960X 16-Core 3.1GHz CPU offers fast gaming performance and will not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC. It will be able to play all modern games comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU.The Xeon is a brand of x86 microprocessors designed and manufactured by Intel Corporation, targeted at the non-consumer workstation, server, and embedded system markets. Primary advantages of the Xeon CPUs, when compared to the majority of Intel's desktop-grade consumer CPUs, are their multi-socket capabilities, higher core counts, and support for ECC memory.