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Intel Core i9-9880H

The Intel Core i9-9880H is a high-end processor for laptops with eight cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture (2019 refresh, CFL-HR). The processor clocks at between 2.3 - 4.8 GHz (4.1 GHz with 8 cores) and can execute up to twelve threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 4.8 GHz can probably 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 (not verified). Compared to the predecessor, the Core i9-8950HK, the 9980H is based on the same architecture but offers 2 more cores.

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 33% compared to a similar clocked predecessor and even up to 100% compared to older Kaby-Lake quad-cores. Single thread performance however only improved slightly and the multi-core performance is heavily depending on the cooling.

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.

Beware, the CPU was not yet released at the time of writing and the information is based on leaks and early price list information (e.g. by Intel or on Baidu). 

SeriesIntel Core i9
CodenameCoffee Lake
Series: Core i9 Coffee Lake
Intel Core i9-9980HK (compare)2400 - 5000 MHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-9880H2300 - 4800 MHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK (compare)2900 - 4800 MHz6 / 1212 MB
Clock Rate2300 - 4800 MHz
Level 1 Cache512 KB
Level 2 Cache2 MB
Level 3 Cache16 MB
Number of Cores / Threads8 / 16
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
Announcement Date04/30/2019

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Other CPUs of the series Intel Core i9

» Intel Core i9 9980HK
   2.4 GHz / 2 MB L2 + 16 MB L3
» Intel Core i9 7900X
   3.3 GHz / 10 MB L2 + 13.8 MB L3
» Intel Core i9 9880H
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB L2 + 16 MB L3
» Intel Core i9 8950HK
   2.9 GHz / 1.5 MB L2 + 12 MB L3

Surrounding CPUs

- AMD Threadripper 2920X
   3.5 GHz / 6 MB + 32 MB
- Intel Core i9 (Desktop) 9900K
   3.6 GHz / 2 MB + 16 MB
- Intel Core i9 9980HK
   2.4 GHz / 2 MB + 16 MB
- 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 i9 9880H
   2.3 GHz / 2 MB L2 + 16 MB L3
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 6950X
   3 GHz / 2560 KB + 25600 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 9700K
   3.6 GHz / 2048 KB + 16384 KB
+ Intel Core i7 9850H
   2.3 GHz / 1536 KB + 9216 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 8086K
   3.7 GHz / 1536 KB + 12288 KB
+ Intel Core i7 (Desktop) 8700K
   3.7 GHz / 1536 KB + 12288 KB
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Klaus Hinum (Update: 2019-04-12)