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Intel Core i9-10885H is almost 20 percent slower than the Core i7-10875H

Intel Core i9-10885H is almost 20 percent slower than the Core i7-10875H (Image source: Intel)
Intel Core i9-10885H is almost 20 percent slower than the Core i7-10875H (Image source: Intel)
You're probably going to need a beefy laptop and cooling solution if you want to maximize the performance potential of the vPro Core i9-10885H. The budget Dell Precision 3551, for example, is only able to sustain a clock rate of just 2.7 GHz when the CPU is capable of running much faster.

Intel vPro-enabled processors are typically slower than their non-vPro counterparts due to the overhead necessary for the integrated security features. The vPro-enabled Core i7-10810U, for example, is about 10 to 15 percent slower than the consumer-oriented Core i7-10710U even though the higher-digit naming convention might suggest otherwise.

The latest vPro CPU we tested was the 10th gen Comet lake-H Core i9-10885H as found on the Dell Precision 3551. When compared to its consumer-oriented counterpart the Core i7-10875H, the Core i9 CPU is slower in multi-threaded applications by about 20 percent according to CineBench benchmarks. Other benchmarks like Blender, 7-Zip, LibreOffice, and HWBOT show a smaller gap of about 10 percent between the two processors.

The 20 percent performance deficit against the Core i7-10875H is wider than anticipated, but we do believe the i9-10885H is able to narrow the gap if configured on laptops with better cooling. The CPU in our Precision 3551 test unit, for example, would stabilize at just 2.7 GHz when at 100 percent utilization which is only 300 MHz above the base clock rate. Intel rates the processor for much higher Turbo Boost clock rates of up to 5.3 GHz meaning there is plenty of untouched performance headroom if laptops are able to support it. The Precision 3551, being a budget mobile workstation, likely wasn't designed to run a Core i9 CPU anywhere near its maximum potential.

It's unlikely that we'll get to test many more Core i9-10885H laptops as this particular processor is quite uncommon, but it's something to keep in mind for those who want to squeeze as much performance as possible out of their vPro-enabled business laptops or mobile workstations.

(October 16, 2020 update: Dell has confirmed that the Precision 3551 uses a 35 W CPU design while the Latitude 7550 is a 45 W design which explains why our Core i9 Precision can perform slower in multi-threaded workloads than a Core i7 Latitude.)

Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (2800 - 4133, n=21)
3469 Points ∼100% +24%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
2798 Points ∼81%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (456 - 511, n=21)
486 Points ∼100% +6%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
460 Points ∼95%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1111 - 1833, n=26)
1580 Points ∼100% +25%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
1264 (1113.77min - 1263.86max) Points ∼80%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (190 - 214, n=26)
203 Points ∼100% +3%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
197 Points ∼97%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
348 Seconds * ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (261 - 386, n=19)
323 Seconds * ∼93% +7%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
5397 MIPS ∼100%
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (5114 - 5605, n=20)
5332 MIPS ∼99% -1%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (33674 - 48397, n=20)
42504 MIPS ∼100% +16%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
36740 MIPS ∼86%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (1233 - 1371, n=18)
1298 Points ∼100% +7%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
1216 Points ∼94%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (6988 - 8620, n=18)
7751 Points ∼100% +12%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
6914 Points ∼89%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (10.1 - 13.5, n=16)
11.6 fps ∼100% +9%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
10.6 fps ∼91%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (30.2 - 84.3, n=19)
50.8 s ∼100% +11%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
45.9 s ∼90%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
Average Intel Core i7-10875H
  (0.547 - 0.662, n=18)
0.584 sec * ∼100% -2%
Dell Precision 3000 3551
Intel Core i9-10885H
0.572 sec * ∼98%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-10-12 (Update: 2020-10-17)
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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.