Intel Core i9-8950HK

The Intel Core i9-8950HK is a high-end processor for laptops with six cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture and will be 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. 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).


Due to the two additional cores, performance has increased by almost 50% compared to a similar clocked Kaby Lake processor.


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 (rumored). 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.

SeriesIntel Core i9
CodenameCoffee Lake
Clock Rate2900 - 4800 MHz
Level 1 Cache384 KB
Level 2 Cache1.5 MB
Level 3 Cache12 MB
Number of Cores / Threads6 / 12
Max. Power Consumption (TDP = Thermal Design Power)45 Watt
Manufacturing Technology14 nm
Max. Temperature100 °C
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Announcement Date03/01/2018


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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i9

» Intel Core i9 7900X
   3.3 GHz / 10 MB + 13.8 MB
» Intel Core i9 8950HK
   2.9 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB

Surrounding CPUs

- Intel Core i9 7900X
   3.3 GHz / 10 MB + 13.8 MB
- Intel Xeon W-2145
   3.7 GHz / 8 MB + 11 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 6950X
   3 GHz / 2.5 MB + 25 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 8700K
   3.7 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
» Intel Core i9 8950HK
   2.9 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
+ Intel Xeon E-2186M
   2.9 GHz / 1536 KB + 12288 KB
+ Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2680 v4
   2.4 GHz / 3584 KB + 35840 KB
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
   3.6 GHz / 4096 KB + 16384 KB
+ AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
   3.4 GHz / 4096 KB + 16384 KB
+ Intel Xeon (Desktop) E5-2697 v2
   2.7 GHz / 3072 KB + 30720 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2018-01-19)