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Intel Core i9-10980HK practically ties with AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in Geekbench 5 comparison but there is a huge power difference

The Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB can be configured with an i9-10980HK CPU and RTX 2080 Super GPU. (Image source: Gigabyte)
The Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB can be configured with an i9-10980HK CPU and RTX 2080 Super GPU. (Image source: Gigabyte)
A new Intel Core i9-10980HK processor has been spotted in a Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB laptop on Geekbench 5. The chip managed a single-core score of 1,352 points and a multi-core score of 8,386 points. The results are very similar to those of an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H in an Asus TUF Gaming laptop, but the Comet Lake processor can rely on a much higher power draw than the Renoir APU.
Daniel R Deakin,

A comparison on Geekbench 5 between a Comet Lake i9-10980HK in a Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB and a Renoir Ryzen 7 4800H in an Asus TUF Gaming laptop has been shared online by Tum Apisak. It seems the two rival processors managed very similar results, with the Intel mobile processor scoring 1,352 points in the single-core benchmark while the Ryzen 4000 chip managed 1,196 points.

Results should be quite similar, considering that both the Intel Core i9-10980HK and AMD Ryzen 7 4800H are 8-core processors that can utilize 16 threads. The Comet Lake processor has a default TDP of 45 W and the Renoir APU has the same default figure. Unsurprisingly, the multi-core benchmark results are also close, with the AMD chip just ahead on 8,390 points.

However, it’s important to point out a couple of things here. The AMD Ryzen 7 4800H was tested on Geekbench 5.1, which offers higher scores than Geekbench 5.0 where the Intel Core i9-10980HK was benchmarked. More crucially, the Comet Lake processor can actually use up to 135 W of power (PL2 max), which is necessary if it wants to hit that famed clock rate of 5.3 GHz. The Ryzen 4000 chip can utilize up to 65 W in contrast. So regardless of the Geekbench version discrepancy, the AMD processor still has a significant edge over the Intel chip when it comes to price and performing at the same level but with much lower power consumption.

Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB Asus TUF Gaming FA706IU
Processor Intel Core i9-10980HK AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
Cores/threads/TDP 8/16/45 W 8/16/45 W
Geekbench single 1,352 points 1,196 points
Geekbench multi 8,386 points 8,390 points
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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-04-10 (Update: 2020-04-10)
Daniel R Deakin
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.