Intel Coffee Lake: The first benchmark-scores of the mobile Hexa Core CPUs have been leaked
While most mainstream laptops have already gotten their refresh for this year, some parts of the market are still depending on last years chips. This mostly affects gaming laptops and mobile workstations, machines that use the powerful Intel Core i H-CPUs like the Core i7-7700HQ. So far, Intel has not yet updated its 45-W-TDP CPU-class.
Its no big secret that Intel is planning to update this product line soon. Coffee Lake H is expected to be released until the summer. Its also known that Intel is increasing the number of cores on these chips: Quad Core CPUs will become Hexa Core CPUs with six cores. A significant step, as four cores were pretty much the maximum for most laptops.
The model names of these new CPUs have been leaked a few weeks ago already. Now, actual benchmark-numbers to some of the new processors have been leaked by a Chinese website. This means we now have the first Cinebench-scores for CPUs like the Core i7-8750H, the Core i7-8850H and the Core i9-8950HK, all of which have six cores. These Cinebench scores are nothing short of impressive:
|Cinebench R15 Single-Core||Cinebench R15 Multi-Core|
|Core i7-8750H||178 Points||1270 Points|
|Core i7-8850H||181 Points||1288 Points|
|Core i9-8950HK||204 Points||1083 Points|
With a multi-core score of 1270 points, the Core i7-8750H is significantly faster than its direct predecessor, the Core i7-7700HQ, which typically scores at around 725 points in the same test. This certainly could make rumored next-generation laptops like the Dell XPS 15 9570, the Lenovo ThinkPad P52 or a refreshed Apple MacBook Pro 15 very interesting for enthusiasts. For years, the performance in this CPU-class has almost stagnated with only small gains.
Of course, these benchmark-scores should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially the score of the Core i9-8950HK seems strange: Its very fast in the single-core test, but falls behind its sister-models in the multi-core-benchmark – this CPU should be the fastest.
Most likely, the cooling system is the limiting factor. The screenshots from the Chinese website also show the TDP limits for the tested Core i9-8950HK and the Core i7-8850H. While the Core i9 only can consume 45 W, the i7 was unlocked to consume up to 200 W, which is something no laptop would allow. It seems probable that the tested CPUs were engineering samples.