Intel Core i9-9980HK vs Intel Core i9-8950HK

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 i9-8950HK

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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 i9-9980HKIntel Core i9-8950HK
Intel Core i9Intel Core i9
Coffee LakeCoffee Lake
: Core i9 Coffee Lake
» Intel Core i9-9980HK2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H (compare)2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i9-9980HK2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H (compare)2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-8950HK2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
2400 - 5000 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 - 1250 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
$583 U.S.
Intel Core i9 8950HK

Cinebench R20 - CPU (Single Core)
min: 446     avg: 470     median: 479 (93%)     max: 487 Points
min: 387     avg: 442.5     median: 442 (86%)     max: 498 Points
Cinebench R20 - CPU (Multi Core)
min: 3104     avg: 3418.8     median: 3293 (48%)     max: 3795 Points
min: 2379     avg: 2651.5     median: 2651 (38%)     max: 2924 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1305     avg: 1613.4     median: 1620 (37%)     max: 1930 Points
min: 1051     avg: 1210.4     median: 1191 (27%)     max: 1391 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 181     avg: 198.4     median: 201 (92%)     max: 213 Points
min: 185     avg: 195.9     median: 195 (89%)     max: 206 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 4     avg: 11     median: 11 (25%)     max: 17 Points
min: 11     avg: 13.6     median: 13 (30%)     max: 15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
2.3 Points (114%)
2.2 Points (112%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 7877     avg: 8805.5     median: 8805 (90%)     max: 9734 Points
min: 6978     avg: 7282.2     median: 7149 (73%)     max: 7735 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 45527     avg: 47983     median: 47983 (73%)     max: 50439 Points
min: 32438     avg: 36320.6     median: 36591 (56%)     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 *
110.4 seconds (1%)
245.4 seconds (3%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
4.9 seconds (1%)
8.1 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
7436 KB/s (87%)
min: 6401     avg: 6420.5     median: 6420 (75%)     max: 6440 KB/s
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4
min: 39566     avg: 41685.5     median: 41685 (40%)     max: 43805 MIPS
3034 MIPS (3%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
min: 5283     avg: 5325     median: 5325 (77%)     max: 5367 MIPS
5080 MIPS (73%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
94.8 fps (53%)
min: 69     avg: 77.9     median: 77 (43%)     max: 86 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
238.7 fps (88%)
min: 216     avg: 224.9     median: 224 (83%)     max: 233 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
min: 10     avg: 11.6     median: 11 (37%)     max: 12 fps
8.8 fps (29%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
1 GB/s (50%)
0.7 GB/s (37%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
1.7 GB/s (57%)
1.2 GB/s (40%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
10.3 GB/s (52%)
min: 6     avg: 7.2     median: 7 (35%)     max: 7 GB/s
Blender 2.79 *
min: 348     avg: 437.7     median: 437 (5%)     max: 527 Seconds
410.8 Seconds (4%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 11256     avg: 12273     median: 12273 (82%)     max: 13290 Points
min: 9478     avg: 11036.9     median: 11055 (74%)     max: 11682 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.6 Seconds (2%)
8.4 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
16.8 Seconds (1%)
min: 18     avg: 18.7     median: 18 (1%)     max: 19 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
424.4 Seconds (2%)
min: 451     avg: 466.4     median: 466 (2%)     max: 481 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
49107 Points (69%)
min: 37453     avg: 41216     median: 41216 (58%)     max: 44979 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 14701     avg: 16354.2     median: 16081 (83%)     max: 18260 points
min: 9974     avg: 12989.9     median: 13112 (67%)     max: 14879 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 57291     avg: 62439.1     median: 62509 (40%)     max: 72135 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 57931     avg: 59810.5     median: 59810 (71%)     max: 61690 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
60812 Points (70%)
min: 24411     avg: 49357     median: 61055 (71%)     max: 62605 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 13173     avg: 14973     median: 14871 (38%)     max: 16511 Points
min: 6733     avg: 10551.2     median: 10817 (27%)     max: 12404 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 11758     avg: 19260.4     median: 19854 (61%)     max: 23600 Points
min: 10277     avg: 15846.9     median: 16455 (51%)     max: 18605 Points
3DMark - Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics 2560x1440
7968 Points (100%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 21023     avg: 23100.3     median: 23881 (29%)     max: 24397 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 4511     avg: 4592     median: 4567 (94%)     max: 4698 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
22018 Points (59%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4888 Points (99%)
Geekbench 4.0 - 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
5617 Points (89%)
min: 5464     avg: 5645     median: 5665 (89%)     max: 5785 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
28625 Points (50%)
min: 21980     avg: 23919.2     median: 24399 (42%)     max: 24898 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 1171     avg: 1207     median: 1207 (90%)     max: 1243 Points
Geekbench 5 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 7072     avg: 7169.5     median: 7169 (42%)     max: 7267 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 705     avg: 897.5     median: 940 (2%)     max: 979 ms
min: 598     avg: 935.1     median: 988 (2%)     max: 1023 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 72     avg: 173.9     median: 173 (2%)     max: 275 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 40981     avg: 42462.8     median: 42464 (81%)     max: 44780 Points
min: 37397     avg: 41731.5     median: 40726 (78%)     max: 52403 Points
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra *
100%
1 9980HK +
138.2 Watt (24%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-9980HK → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-8950HK → 89%

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