Intel Core i9-9880H vs Intel Core i9-9980HK

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 i9-9980HK

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The Intel Core i9-9980HK 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 2.4 - 5 GHz and can execute up to sixteen threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 5 GHz can only be reached using the "Thermal Velocity Boost" which allows one core to boost to 5 GHz (+100 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 and higher clock speeds (boost).

According to Intel, the CPU is manufactured in an improved 14nm (14nm++) process. The i9-9980HK is the fastest model of the Coffee-Lake-H (refresh) 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 max. eight 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 6-core processor. According to first benchmarks, the mobile variant can reach the performance of the Core i9-9900K if the cooling is sufficient.

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 i9-9980HK
Intel Core i9Intel Core i9
Coffee LakeCoffee Lake
: Core i9 Coffee Lake
Intel Core i9-9980HK2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-9880H2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK (compare)2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i9-9980HK2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK (compare)2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
2300 - 4800 MHz2400 - 5000 MHz
512 KB512 KB
2 MB2 MB
16 MB16 MB
8 / 168 / 16
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 - 1250 MHz)

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1401     avg: 1552.8     median: 1569 (36%)     max: 1721 Points
min: 1305     avg: 1645.7     median: 1641 (38%)     max: 1930 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 183     avg: 192     median: 193 (89%)     max: 197 Points
min: 190     avg: 199.8     median: 201 (92%)     max: 205 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
18.9 Points (43%)
17.2 Points (39%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
2.1 Points (106%)
2.3 Points (114%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
6967 Points (76%)
7877 Points (86%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
42456 Points (65%)
45527 Points (70%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
118.7 seconds (1%)
110.4 seconds (1%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
5.4 seconds (1%)
4.9 seconds (1%)
WinRAR - Result
6683 KB/s (78%)
7436 KB/s (87%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
46591 MIPS (45%)
43805 MIPS (42%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
4924 MIPS (71%)
5367 MIPS (78%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
102.4 fps (3%)
94.8 fps (2%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
217 fps (80%)
238.7 fps (88%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
11.9 fps (40%)
12.4 fps (41%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (34%)
1 GB/s (50%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
1 GB/s (33%)
1.7 GB/s (57%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
7.5 GB/s (38%)
10.3 GB/s (52%)
Blender 2.79 *
293 Seconds (3%)
527 Seconds (6%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
12663 Points (85%)
13290 Points (89%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.5 Seconds (2%)
7.6 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
18.9 Seconds (1%)
16.8 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
476.5 Seconds (2%)
424.4 Seconds (2%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 13522     avg: 15538.5     median: 15556 (80%)     max: 17046 points
min: 14836     avg: 16614.6     median: 16425 (84%)     max: 18260 points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 11220     avg: 12700.8     median: 12704 (32%)     max: 14174 Points
min: 14320     avg: 15389.5     median: 15363 (39%)     max: 16511 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 16628     avg: 18415     median: 18580 (57%)     max: 19872 Points
min: 19111     avg: 20390.2     median: 20101 (62%)     max: 22247 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
7968 Points (100%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
30099 Points (100%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
6002 Points (100%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
5457 Points (86%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
29798 Points (52%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 963     avg: 1003.3     median: 1003 (2%)     max: 1043 ms
min: 914     avg: 945.1     median: 940 (2%)     max: 979 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 38079     avg: 39261     median: 39261 (75%)     max: 40443 Points
min: 40981     avg: 42181     median: 42464 (81%)     max: 43098 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 9880H +
163.2 Watt (29%)
106%
1 9980HK +
138.2 Watt (24%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-9880H → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-9980HK → 105%

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