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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 was 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. The 4.8 GHz can only be reached using the "Thermal Velocity Boost" which allows one core to boost to 4.8 GHz (+200 MHz) as long as the CPU temperature is below 50°C. Multiple cores can be boosted +100 MHz below 50°C.

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).

Performance

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

Graphics

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. 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
Series: Core i9 Coffee Lake
Intel Core i9-9980HK (compare)2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H (compare)2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-8950HK2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
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
SocketFCBGA1440
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
GPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
64 Bit64 Bit support
Starting Price$583 U.S.
Announcement Date03/03/2018
Product Link (external)Intel Core i9 8950HK

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 1051     avg: 1210.4     median: 1191 (27%)     max: 1391 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 185     avg: 195.9     median: 195 (89%)     max: 206 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 11     avg: 13.6     median: 13 (30%)     max: 15 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
2.2 Points (112%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
min: 6978     avg: 7282.2     median: 7149 (78%)     max: 7735 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
min: 32438     avg: 36320.6     median: 36591 (56%)     max: 39380 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
9576 Points (93%)
WinRAR - Result
min: 6401     avg: 6420.5     median: 6420 (75%)     max: 6440 KB/s
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
min: 69     avg: 77.9     median: 77 (2%)     max: 86 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
min: 216     avg: 224.9     median: 224 (83%)     max: 233 fps
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.7 GB/s (37%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
1.2 GB/s (40%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
min: 6     avg: 7.2     median: 7 (35%)     max: 7 GB/s
3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 9478     avg: 11036.9     median: 11055 (74%)     max: 11682 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.4 Seconds (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 18     avg: 18.7     median: 18 (1%)     max: 19 Seconds
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 451     avg: 466.4     median: 466 (2%)     max: 481 Seconds
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
min: 37453     avg: 41216     median: 41216 (58%)     max: 44979 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 9974     avg: 12989.9     median: 13112 (68%)     max: 14879 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 57291     avg: 62439.1     median: 62509 (40%)     max: 72135 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Physics 1920x1080
min: 57931     avg: 59810.5     median: 59810 (71%)     max: 61690 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Physics 1280x720 offscreen
min: 24411     avg: 49357     median: 61055 (71%)     max: 62605 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 6733     avg: 10551.2     median: 10817 (27%)     max: 12404 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 10277     avg: 15846.9     median: 16455 (51%)     max: 18605 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 21023     avg: 23100.3     median: 23881 (29%)     max: 24397 Points
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 4511     avg: 4592     median: 4567 (94%)     max: 4698 Points
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
4888 Points (99%)
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 5464     avg: 5645     median: 5665 (89%)     max: 5785 Points
Geekbench 4.4 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 21980     avg: 23919.2     median: 24399 (42%)     max: 24898 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 598     avg: 935.1     median: 988 (2%)     max: 1023 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 72     avg: 173.9     median: 173 (2%)     max: 275 ms
Octane V2 - Total Score
min: 37397     avg: 41731.5     median: 40726 (78%)     max: 52403 Points
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