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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
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: 1312     avg: 1367.3     median: 1383 (47%)     max: 1391 Points
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 185     avg: 199.8     median: 204 (99%)     max: 206 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 15.05     avg: 15.1     median: 15.1 (63%)     max: 15.14 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 2.1     avg: 2.3     median: 2.3 (100%)     max: 2.34 Points
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
6978 Points (84%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
39380 Points (79%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
86.7 fps (65%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
233.8 fps (99%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.8 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
1.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
7.8 GB/s (41%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
11682 Points (92%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
8.6 Seconds (2%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
min: 9974     avg: 13695     median: 14658 (82%)     max: 14879 points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 64603     avg: 67113.7     median: 64603 (42%)     max: 72135 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
min: 9431     avg: 11293.2     median: 11669 (30%)     max: 12404 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
min: 12062     avg: 16944     median: 18554.5 (72%)     max: 18605 Points
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
5464 Points (92%)
Geekbench 4.1/4.2 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
24898 Points (86%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
min: 995.2     avg: 1009.4     median: 1009.4 (2%)     max: 1023.6 ms
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
min: 72.1     avg: 173.9     median: 173.9 (4%)     max: 275.6 ms
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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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Reviews for the Intel Core i9 8950HK processor

Alienware 15 R4 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 15.6")
» Alienware 15 R4 - External Review

Aorus X9 DT (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 17.3")
» Aorus X9 DT (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, FHD) Laptop Review - Review
» Aorus X9 DT - External Review

Asus Chimera G703GI (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 17.3")
» Asus ROG Chimera G703GI (i9 8950HK, GTX 1080, Full HD) Laptop Review - Review
» Asus Chimera G703GI - External Review

Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 15.6")
» Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE (i9-8950HK, GTX 1050 Ti, 4K UHD) Laptop Review - Review
» Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580GE - External Review

Dell Precision 5530 ( unknown, 15.6")
» Dell Precision 5530 - External Review

Eurocom Q8 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 17.3")
» Eurocom Q8 (i9-8950HK, GTX 1070, QHD) Laptop Review - Review

MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 17.3")
» MSI GT75 8RG Titan (i9-8950HK, GTX 1080, Full-HD) Laptop Review - Review
» MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan - External Review

MSI GT75 Titan 8RG-089 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 17.3")
» MSI GT75 Titan 8RG-089 - External Review

MSI GT75 Titan 8RG-201UK (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 17.3")
» MSI GT75 Titan 8RG-201UK - External Review

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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 i7 (Desktop) 6950X
   3 GHz / 2.5 MB + 25 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 8700K
   3.7 GHz / 1.5 MB + 12 MB
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
   3.7 GHz / 4 MB + 16 MB
- AMD Ryzen 7 2700
   3.2 GHz / 4 MB + 16 MB
- Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 8700
   3.2 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)