Intel Extreme Edition Core i9 7980XE Processor

Product Highlights

  • 18 Cores & 36 Threads
  • 2.6 GHz Clock Speed
  • 4.2 GHz Maximum Turbo Frequency
  • 4.4 GHz Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0
  • LGA 2066 Socket
  • 24.75MB L3 Cache
  • DDR4-2666 Quad-Channel Memory
  • 44 PCI Express Lanes
  • Unlocked Multiplier, 165W TDP
  • Skylake-X
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The Intel Core i9-7980XE Extreme Edition LGA 2066 Processor provides computing performance for a desktop system by offering eighteen cores, which operate at a stock speed of 2.6 GHz, for editing videos, composing soundtracks, and other demanding workloads. Its eighteen cores can achieve a maximum turbo frequency of up to 4.2 GHz while running intensive tasks, and the best performing cores can run at speeds of up to 4.4 GHz utilizing Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0. The Core i9-7980XE is equipped with Intel Hyper-Threading technology that enables each core to handle two instruction threads, providing the ability to handle up to thirty-six threads. If you need even more performance, this Skylake-X processor is unlocked, which lets you overclock the processor over its maximum speed. This Core X-series processor does not include a heatsink or fan and requires a sold-separately CPU cooling solution to function at these levels of performance.

Aside from processing power, the Core i9-7980XE provides 44 PCI Express 3.0 lanes to multiple graphics cards and PCIe-based M.2 SSDs. The processor is compatible with motherboards offering an LGA 2066 socket and has an average power requirement of 165W. When installed in a motherboard, the processor supports DDR4 2666 MHz memory modules, running in a quad-, dual-, or single-channel configuration. In addition, a total amount of 24.75MB of L3 cache memory is available for its eighteen cores. This product comes in retail packaging and includes a 3-year warranty.




  • # of Cores18
  • # of Threads36
  • Processor Base Frequency60 GHz
  • Max Turbo Frequency20 GHz
  • Cache75 MB
  • Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
  • # of QPI Links0
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency 40 GHz
  • TDP165 W

Supplemental Information

  • Embedded Options AvailableNo
  • Conflict FreeYes
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Memory Specifications

  • Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)128 GB
  • Memory TypesDDR4-2666
  • Max # of Memory Channels4
  • ECC Memory Supported No

Expansion Options

  • Scalability1S Only
  • PCI Express Revision0
  • Max # of PCI Express Lanes44

Package Specifications

  • Sockets SupportedFCLGA2066
  • Max CPU Configuration1
  • Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2017X
  • Low Halogen Options AvailableSee MDDS

Advanced Technologies

  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Supported Yes
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Yes
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 0
  • Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology Yes
  • Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
  • Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
  • Intel® 64 Yes
  • Instruction Set Extensions1/4.2, AVX2, AVX-512
  • Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechnologyYes

Security & Reliability

  • Intel® AES New InstructionsYes
  • Execute Disable Bit Yes


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