Cascade Lake Effect: A Performance Look At Intel’s Core i9-10980XE

Intel introduces the Intel Core X-series processors in October 2
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by Rob Williams on November 25, 2019 in Processors

We’ve reached the third generation of eighteen core desktop processors from Intel, with the launch of the new Core X-series, and its flagship Core i9-10980XE. Even with a bump to the max Turbo clock, and an increase of officially supported memory speed and total density, the most notable thing about Intel’s latest flagship is actually something else: its sub-$1,000 price tag.

Page 3 – Encoding: Premiere Pro, Vegas Pro & Agisoft Metashape

We’re going to kick off this performance look with a handful of encode tests. Encoding is one of those scenarios that can be extremely hit-or-miss when it comes to taking good advantage of big CPUs. Sometimes, applications will give the impression that they’re making proper use of the CPU, but we’ve found more than once that some applications actually just use the entire CPU very poorly.

Fortunately, the situation is getting a lot better over time. As an example, for most of its life, Adobe’s Lightroom didn’t use more than a few cores and threads. Today, the application can use most of whatever CPU you can hand it.

The performance look on this page is going to tackle Adobe’s ever-popular Premiere Pro, as well as MAGIX’s Vegas Pro. That duo takes care of video encoding for this page, while Agisoft’s Metashape will help with a photogrammetry scenario.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC – CPU

Adobe Premiere Pro 2020
Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 1080p YouTube CPU Encode (AVC) Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 4K YouTube CPU Encode (AVC) Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)

Adobe Premiere Pro CC – CPU + GPU

Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 1080p YouTube CPU Encode (CUDA, AVC) Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 4K YouTube CPU Encode (CUDA, AVC) Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)

Adobe Premiere Pro CC – Codec Comparisons

Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 4K60 AVC to 1080p HEVC Encode Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 8K24 RED to 1080p HEVC Encode Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Adobe Premiere Pro 2020 - 8K24 ProRes 422 to 1080p HEVC Encode Performance (Intel Core i9-10980XE)

MAGIX Vegas

MAGIX Vegas Pro 17 - Median FX Test
MAGIX Vegas Pro 17 - Median FX CPU Encode Performance - (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
MAGIX Vegas Pro 17 - Median FX NVENC Encode Performance - (Intel Core i9-10980XE)

Agisoft Metashape

Agisoft Metashape
Agisoft Metashape Photogrammetry Performance - Build Dense Cloud (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Agisoft Metashape Photogrammetry Performance - Build Depth Maps (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Agisoft Metashape Photogrammetry Performance - Build Mesh (Intel Core i9-10980XE)
Agisoft Metashape Photogrammetry Performance - Build Texture (Intel Core i9-10980XE)

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Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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