Intel Core i9-9880H vs Intel Core i9-8950HK

Intel Core i9-9880H

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The Intel Core i9-9880H is a high-end processor for laptops with eight cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture (2019 refresh, CFL-HR). The processor clocks at between 2.3 - 4.8 GHz (4.1 GHz with 8 cores) and can execute up to sixteen threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 4.8 GHz can only be reached using the "Thermal Velocity Boost" which allows one core to boost to 4.8 GHz (+200 MHz) as long as the CPU temperature is below 50°C. Multiple cores can be boosted +100 MHz below 50°C (not verified). Compared to the predecessor, the Core i9-8950HK, the 9980H is based on the same architecture but offers 2 more cores.

According to Intel, the CPU is manufactured in an improved 14nm (14nm++) process. The i9-8950HK is the fastest model of the Coffee-Lake-H series at the time of announcement and offers an unlocked multiplier for overclocking of the CPU.

The Coffee Lake architecture is similar to Kaby Lake and differs only in the amount of cores (now six cores for the high end versions) and the improved 14nm process (14nm++ according to Intel).

Performance

Due to the two additional cores, performance has increased by almost 33% compared to a similar clocked predecessor and even up to 100% compared to older Kaby-Lake quad-cores. Single thread performance however only improved slightly and the multi-core performance is heavily depending on the cooling.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a slightly higher performance as its clock rate has been increased by 50 MHz. The architecture is identical to that of the Intel HD Graphics 630. We do expect a performance improvement, but as a low-end solution it will probably only display current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 45 watts and therefore the i9 is only suited for big laptops with good cooling solutions.

Intel Core i9-8950HK

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The Intel Core i9-8950HK is a high-end processor for laptops with six cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture and was announced early 2018. The processor clocks at between 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) and can execute up to twelve threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 4.8 GHz can only be reached using the "Thermal Velocity Boost" which allows one core to boost to 4.8 GHz (+200 MHz) as long as the CPU temperature is below 50°C. Multiple cores can be boosted +100 MHz below 50°C.

According to Intel, the CPU is manufactured in an improved 14nm (14nm++) process. The i9-8950HK is the fastest model of the Coffee-Lake-H series at the time of announcement and offers an unlocked multiplier for overclocking of the CPU.

The Coffee Lake architecture is similar to Kaby Lake and differs only in the amount of cores (now six cores for the high end versions) and the improved 14nm process (14nm++ according to Intel).

Performance

Due to the two additional cores, performance has increased by almost 50% compared to a similar clocked Kaby Lake processor.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a slightly higher performance as its clock rate has been increased by 50 MHz. The architecture is identical to that of the Intel HD Graphics 630. We do expect a performance improvement, but as a low-end solution it will probably only display current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 45 watts and therefore the i9 is only suited for big laptops with good cooling solutions.

Intel Core i9-9880HIntel Core i9-8950HK
Intel Core i9Intel Core i9
Coffee LakeCoffee Lake
: Core i9 Coffee Lake
Intel Core i9-9980HK (compare)2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-9880H2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i9-9980HK (compare)2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-8950HK2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
2300 - 4800 MHz2900 - 4800 MHz
512 KB384 KB
2 MB1.5 MB
16 MB12 MB
8 / 166 / 12
45 45
14 14
100 °C100 °C
FCBGA1440FCBGA1440
Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
$583 U.S.
Intel Core i9 8950HK

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1401     avg: 1555.7     median: 1545 (35%)     max: 1721 Points
min: 1051     avg: 1209.9     median: 1166 (27%)     max: 1391 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 183     avg: 189.3     median: 189 (87%)     max: 196 Points
min: 185     avg: 195.4     median: 193 (89%)     max: 206 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
18.9 Points (70%)
min: 11.95     avg: 13.6     median: 13.2 (49%)     max: 15.14 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
2.1 Points (86%)
min: 2.1     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (92%)     max: 2.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
6967 Points (76%)
min: 6978     avg: 7169     median: 7119 (78%)     max: 7460 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
42456 Points (85%)
min: 32438     avg: 36253     median: 36597 (74%)     max: 39380 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
41678 Points (55%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
9576 Points (93%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
118.7 seconds (1%)
245.4 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
5.4 seconds (1%)
8.1 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
6683 KB/s (78%)
min: 6401     avg: 6420.5     median: 6420.5 (75%)     max: 6440 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
46591 MIPS (100%)
3034 MIPS (7%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
4924 MIPS (71%)
5080 MIPS (73%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
102.4 fps (3%)
min: 69.13     avg: 77.9     median: 77.9 (2%)     max: 86.7 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
217 fps (80%)
min: 216.025     avg: 224.9     median: 224.9 (83%)     max: 233.8 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
11.9 fps (66%)
8.8 fps (49%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (36%)
min: 0.688     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (39%)     max: 0.79 GB/s
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
1 GB/s (33%)
min: 1.1     avg: 1.2     median: 1.2 (40%)     max: 1.3 GB/s
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
7.5 GB/s (38%)
min: 6.6     avg: 7.2     median: 7.2 (37%)     max: 7.8 GB/s
Blender 2.79 *
293 Seconds (3%)
410.8 Seconds (4%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
12663 Points (88%)
min: 9478     avg: 10973     median: 11055 (77%)     max: 11682 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.5 Seconds (2%)
min: 8.217     avg: 8.4     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 8.6 Seconds
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
18.9 Seconds (1%)
min: 18.112     avg: 18.7     median: 18.7 (1%)     max: 19.2 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
476.5 Seconds (2%)
min: 451.786     avg: 466.4     median: 466.4 (2%)     max: 481.1 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 37453     avg: 41216     median: 41216 (69%)     max: 44979 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 13522     avg: 15635.3     median: 16338 (88%)     max: 17046 points
min: 9974     avg: 12990.5     median: 13167 (71%)     max: 14879 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 57291     avg: 62427.5     median: 61566 (40%)     max: 72135 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
57931 Points (69%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 24411     avg: 42733     median: 42733 (49%)     max: 61055 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 11220     avg: 12536     median: 12214 (31%)     max: 14174 Points
min: 6733     avg: 10510.7     median: 10681 (27%)     max: 12404 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 16628     avg: 18076.3     median: 17729 (65%)     max: 19872 Points
min: 10277     avg: 15795     median: 16492 (61%)     max: 18605 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 21023     avg: 22452     median: 22452 (72%)     max: 23881 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 4511     avg: 4604.5     median: 4604.5 (95%)     max: 4698 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
22018 Points (59%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4888 Points (99%)
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
5457 Points (86%)
min: 5464     avg: 5598.3     median: 5649 (89%)     max: 5682 Points
Geekbench 4.3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
29798 Points (82%)
min: 21980     avg: 23908.3     median: 24847 (69%)     max: 24898 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 963.1     avg: 1003.3     median: 1003.3 (2%)     max: 1043.5 ms
min: 598.4     avg: 931.9     median: 991.9 (2%)     max: 1023.6 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 72.1     avg: 173.9     median: 173.9 (2%)     max: 275.6 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 38079     avg: 39261     median: 39261 (75%)     max: 40443 Points
min: 37397     avg: 41992.4     median: 41025 (78%)     max: 52403 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 9880H +
163.2 Watt (43%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-9880H → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-8950HK → 94%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)