Editors Liked

  • Massive price reduction from 9000-series makes pricing more reasonable
  • Frequency improvement versus last gen for lightly threaded tasks
  • Memory support to 256GB with supporting motherboards
  • Somewhat lower power than Core i9-9980XE
  • Predictable performance

Editors Didn't Like

  • Inferior performance to AMD's Threadripper 3000 HEDT processors and less-expensive AMD Ryzen competitor on many performance benchmarks
  • The X299 platform is starting to show its age against AMD's better X570 and TRX40 options
  • Still 14nm
  • Power-hungry compared to 3950X