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Core i9-9880H vs. Core i7-8750H: A 56 percent performance boost from just two more cores

Core i9-9880H vs. Core i7-8750H: A 56 percent performance boost from just two more cores
Core i9-9880H vs. Core i7-8750H: A 56 percent performance boost from just two more cores
According to our first benchmarks on the Core i9-9880H, there are now good reasons to own a mobile Core i9 especially for 3D rendering, video editing, and running other software optimized for octa-core CPUs. For gamers, however, the original hexa-core Core i7-8750H can still provide very nearly the same gaming experience for hundreds of dollars less.

When Intel announced the 8th gen Core i9-8950HK last year, we were disappointed to find that its performance would be almost identical or even worse than the less expensive Core i7-8750H in some cases. Fortunately, the chipmaker has rectified this for the 9th gen Core i9-9880H by adding two more physical cores to better separate it from the Core i7-8750H and new Core i7-9750H.

Our first Core i9-9880H sample to land in our labs was the 2019 MSI GE75 9SG to replace the 2018 GE75 8SG. Since the only major difference between the two SKUs are the hexa-core i7-8750H and octa-core i9-9880H CPUs, this gives us an excellent opportunity to directly compare the two processors and see what kind of a performance gain the 9th gen Core i9-9880H can bring over the more common i7-8750H.

Our comparison chart below reveals that the i9-9880H is almost 60 percent faster than the average i7-8750H in our database taken from a sample size of 87 other laptops. This is faster than even the desktop Core i7-8700K by 25 to 30 percent. Single-thread performance according to Super Pi and CineBench, however, remains almost the same and so users will need to exploit all threads to get the most out of the i9-9880H.

Turbo Boost performance over time is also good albeit not perfect. Our CineBench R15 Multi-Thread loop test below shows a drop of almost 7 percent over time from 3.9 GHz to ~3.6 GHz. The GE75 9SG demands more power than the GE75 8SG as well by about 24 W when running Witcher 3.

Of course, the 56 percent boost in CPU performance translates to only marginal boosts when gaming. Running the Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmark (1080p Ultra) on the GE75 8SG returns an average frame rate of 99 FPS versus 109 FPS on the GE75 9SG to represent a 10 percent gain. From a gamer's perspective, don't expect any massive benefits over the i7-8750H since most modern titles are GPU bound.

See our dedicated page on the Core i9-9880H here for more technical details and benchmark comparisons and expect our GE75 9SG review to come in the next few days.

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; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1619 (1602.44-1728.31)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼97%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
205 Points ∼94%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
192 Points ∼88%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
190 Points ∼87%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼87%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
176.28 Points ∼81%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
176 Points ∼81%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
175 Points ∼80%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=82)
172 Points ∼79%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
142 Points ∼65%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
1968 Points ∼45%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1378 Points ∼31%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1359 Points ∼31%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
1115 Points ∼25%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=89)
1108 Points ∼25%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
1068.63 (min: 913.12, max: 1068.63) Points ∼24%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
897 Points ∼20%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
757 Points ∼17%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
742 Points ∼17%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
176.329 s * ∼2%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (125 - 181, n=6)
158 s * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
120.923 s * ∼1%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
118.733 s * ∼1%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance Physics
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
17820 Points ∼96%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
17046 Points ∼92%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
14834 Points ∼80%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
14780 Points ∼80%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
12150 Points ∼65%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
11510 Points ∼62%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
11462 Points ∼62%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (7869 - 13112, n=84)
11084 Points ∼60%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
9102 Points ∼49%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
6843 Points ∼37%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
10566 Points ∼94%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
7221 Points ∼64%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
6239 Points ∼55%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
6175 Points ∼55%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (2859 - 7037, n=40)
5735 Points ∼51%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
3086 Points ∼27%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
24436 Points ∼90%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
19202 Points ∼71%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
18605 Points ∼69%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
16628 Points ∼61%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
16077 Points ∼59%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
15668 Points ∼58%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (8551 - 17219, n=81)
15179 Points ∼56%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
13738 Points ∼51%
Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515-54-53Z2
Intel Core i5-9300H
11647 Points ∼43%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
10554 Points ∼39%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Physics
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
18316 Points ∼46%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
12544 Points ∼32%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Intel Core i9-8950HK
12404 Points ∼31%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
12214 Points ∼31%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
10609 Points ∼27%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
9974 Points ∼25%
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
Intel Core i7-8750H
9936 Points ∼25%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (4876 - 11320, n=70)
9915 Points ∼25%
Asus TUF FX705DY-AU072
AMD Ryzen 5 3550H
2848 Points ∼7%

* ... smaller is better

MSI GE75 9SG
9880H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR, AHVA, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GE75 8SG Raider
8750H, GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), Kingston RBUSNS8154P3512GJ, AHVA, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
13.9
7
Idle Average *
18.8
15
Idle Maximum *
23.1
22
Load Average *
112.3
92
Load Maximum *
291.5
254
Witcher 3 ultra *
231
207

* ... smaller is better

MSI GE75 8SG with Core i7-8750H running Witcher 3
MSI GE75 8SG with Core i7-8750H running Witcher 3
MSI GE75 9SG with Core i9-9880H running Witcher 3
MSI GE75 9SG with Core i9-9880H running Witcher 3
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Allen Ngo, 2019-05-16 (Update: 2019-05-17)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.