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Intel Core i9-9900KS for laptops runs slower than the Core i9-9900K

Core i9-9900KS for laptops runs slower than the Core i9-9900K
Core i9-9900KS for laptops runs slower than the Core i9-9900K
CineBench R20 results are about 10 percent slower than the Core i9-9900K despite costing $100 more. While our Eurocom Clevo sample shows good performance, the processor is ultimately held back by its high running temperatures of ~90 C even when at stock Turbo Boost speeds.

Intel launched the flagship Core i9-9900KS just a few weeks ago for desktops. Naturally, the first thing we did was put it in a laptop to see how it would perform on a mobile form factor. The result? Not bad, but it could definitely be better.

Eurocom is one of the first resellers to offer the Core i9-9900KS on its lineup of high-performance Clevo laptops. During our testing of the 15.6-inch Eurocom Sky X4C with the i9-9900KS, we found that the processor would boost up to 4.7 GHz for the first 30 seconds and at a core temperature of 95 C when at 100 percent utilization. Afterwards, this drops to 4.4 GHz and 88 C. Needless to say, there is not much overclocking headroom beyond the base 4.0 GHz clock rate of the processor.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop shows a 7 to 8 percent drop in performance over time since the initial high Turbo Boost clock rate of 4.7 GHz is generally unsustainable unless if you are comfortable with a 95 C processor. As a result, other gaming laptops with the "slower" Core i9-9900K are able to outperform the i9-9900KS in our Sky X4C including the MSI GT76 Titan, Dell Alienware Area-51m, and Eurocom's own Sky X7C. Keep in mind that these three examples are all very large 17.3-inch systems with more powerful cooling solutions compared to our 15.6-inch Sky X4C.

If you're in the market for a high-performance laptop with an unlocked Core i9 CPU, then you may want to skip the Core i9-9900KS and just go with the Core i9-9900K instead.

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Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), , Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1835 (1810.86-1981.87)
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080 GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1875 (1847.15-1952.27)
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1998 (1943.92-2022.14)
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0); CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1887 (1855.46-1948.65)
Cinebench R20
CPU (Single Core)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
514 Points ∼100%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
509 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (495 - 509, n=2)
502 Points ∼98%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
498 Points ∼97%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
481 Points ∼94%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
460 Points ∼89%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
441 Points ∼86%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
416 Points ∼81%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
416 Points ∼81%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
403 Points ∼78%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
388 Points ∼75%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
358 Points ∼70%
CPU (Multi Core)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
6910 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (4816 - 4926, n=2)
4871 Points ∼70%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
4463 Points ∼65%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
3712 Points ∼54%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
3677 Points ∼53%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
3197 Points ∼46%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2924 Points ∼42%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
2622 Points ∼38%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
2598 Points ∼38%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
2333 Points ∼34%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1783 Points ∼26%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1411 Points ∼20%
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
215 Points ∼99%
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
212 Points ∼97%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (203 - 218, n=9)
211 Points ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
209 Points ∼96%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
208 Points ∼95%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
207 Points ∼95%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Intel Core i9-9900K
207 Points ∼95%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
203 Points ∼93%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
192 Points ∼88%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
191 Points ∼88%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
189 Points ∼87%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
181 Points ∼83%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
171 Points ∼78%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
171 Points ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
157 (min: 155, max: 159) Points ∼72%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
149 Points ∼68%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
146 Points ∼67%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼66%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
3049 Points ∼70%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Intel Core i9-9900K
1979 Points ∼45%
Eurocom Sky X7C i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900K
1968 Points ∼45%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
1962 Points ∼45%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (1623 - 2040, n=9)
1939 Points ∼44%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
1721 Points ∼39%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
1617 (min: 1603, max: 1630) Points ∼37%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
1433 Points ∼33%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼32%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
1408 Points ∼32%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1359 Points ∼31%
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2019 i9 Vega 20
Intel Core i9-9980HK
1327 Points ∼30%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1288 Points ∼29%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1217 Points ∼28%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
1116 Points ∼26%
MSI Prestige 15 A10SC
Intel Core i7-10710U
1103 Points ∼25%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
730 Points ∼17%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
676 Points ∼15%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
2.43 Points ∼100%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (2.33 - 2.44, n=5)
2.39 Points ∼98%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
2.37 Points ∼97%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
2.36 Points ∼97%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
2.2 Points ∼90%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.16 Points ∼89%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
2.11 Points ∼86%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
1.96 Points ∼80%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
1.79 Points ∼73%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.65 Points ∼68%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼67%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
33.44 Points ∼76%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
22.31 Points ∼51%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (17.4 - 21.8, n=5)
20.7 Points ∼47%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
18.94 Points ∼43%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
18 (min: 17.98, max: 18.08) Points ∼41%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
15.83 Points ∼36%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼36%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
15.41 Points ∼35%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
14.98 Points ∼34%
Eurocom Nightsky Ti15
Intel Core i7-9750H
14.11 Points ∼32%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.16 Points ∼18%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
8143 Points ∼75%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (7786 - 8042, n=4)
7924 Points ∼73%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
7735 Points ∼71%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
7624 Points ∼70%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7243 Points ∼67%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
6967 Points ∼64%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
6579 Points ∼61%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
6541 Points ∼60%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
5992 Points ∼55%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5568 Points ∼51%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
5062 Points ∼47%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
50462 Points ∼77%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (36683 - 49142, n=4)
45846 Points ∼70%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
45047 Points ∼69%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
42878 Points ∼66%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
42456 Points ∼65%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
38810 Points ∼59%
Medion Erazer X15805
Intel Core i9-8950HK
36591 Points ∼56%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
33064 Points ∼51%
Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
32846 Points ∼50%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
32833 Points ∼50%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼45%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21976 Points ∼34%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
120.923 s * ∼1%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
120.467 s * ∼1%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
119.722 s * ∼1%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
118.733 s * ∼1%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
104 s * ∼1%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
93.79 s * ∼1%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (85.6 - 98.7, n=3)
91.9 s * ∼1%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
57.495 s * ∼1%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (1.2 - 14409, n=24)
3407 Seconds * ∼15%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
677.2 Seconds * ∼3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
511.147 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
503.822 Seconds * ∼2%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
476.493 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
465.128 Seconds * ∼2%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
421.132 Seconds * ∼2%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
416.054 Seconds * ∼2%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
147 (min: 147, max: 148) fps ∼83%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
116 fps ∼65%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (90.9 - 121, n=4)
110 fps ∼62%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
102.39 fps ∼58%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
94.85 (min: 94.7, max: 95) fps ∼53%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
85.8 fps ∼48%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
81.8 fps ∼46%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
73 fps ∼41%
Pass 1
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
276.16 fps ∼100%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
270 (min: 270, max: 271) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
267.5 (min: 266, max: 268) fps ∼97%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (253 - 270, n=4)
261 fps ∼95%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
233.55 fps ∼85%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
217 fps ∼79%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
163 fps ∼59%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
160.7 fps ∼58%
WinRAR - Result
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
8156 KB/s ∼96%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (7315 - 8518, n=4)
7775 KB/s ∼91%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
7529 KB/s ∼88%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
7396 KB/s ∼87%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
6866 KB/s ∼81%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
6683 KB/s ∼78%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
3814 KB/s ∼45%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
3364 KB/s ∼39%
TrueCrypt
Serpent Mean 100MB
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
1.7 GB/s ∼77%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
1.2 GB/s ∼55%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (0.8 - 1.2, n=4)
1.075 GB/s ∼49%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
0.83 GB/s ∼38%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
0.792 GB/s ∼36%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
0.774 GB/s ∼35%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
0.757 GB/s ∼34%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
0.682 GB/s ∼31%
Twofish Mean 100MB
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
2.9 GB/s ∼78%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
2.1 GB/s ∼57%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (1.3 - 2, n=4)
1.775 GB/s ∼48%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
1.5 GB/s ∼41%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
1.4 GB/s ∼38%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.3 GB/s ∼35%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1.3 GB/s ∼35%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
1.3 GB/s ∼35%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
0.999 GB/s ∼27%
AES Mean 100MB
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
12.1 GB/s ∼58%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
10.9 GB/s ∼53%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (7.8 - 11.5, n=4)
10.4 GB/s ∼50%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
9.8 GB/s ∼47%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
8.1 GB/s ∼39%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
7.9 GB/s ∼38%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
7.5 GB/s ∼36%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7.4 GB/s ∼36%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
6 GB/s ∼29%
Geekbench 4.0
Compute OpenCL Score
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
288102 Points ∼99%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
73460 Points ∼25%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
35932 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
21180 Points ∼59%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
12448 Points ∼35%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
6313 Points ∼100%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
4481 Points ∼71%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
4119 Points ∼65%
Blender 2.79 - ---
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
520 Seconds * ∼6%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
307 Seconds * ∼3%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
293 Seconds * ∼3%
AMD Ryzen 1800X - Asus Crosshair VI Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
290 Seconds * ∼3%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
244 Seconds * ∼3%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (219 - 276, n=3)
240 Seconds * ∼3%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
162.3 Seconds * ∼2%
7-Zip 18.03
7z b 4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
82119 MIPS ∼79%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
55064 MIPS ∼53%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (43248 - 53166, n=2)
48207 MIPS ∼46%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
46591 MIPS ∼45%
7z b 4 -mmt1
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
5674 MIPS ∼82%
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
5533 MIPS ∼80%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (5311 - 5510, n=2)
5411 MIPS ∼78%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
4924 MIPS ∼71%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - 4k Preset
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Ryzen 9 3900X
20.9 fps ∼69%
Eurocom Sky X4C i9-9900KS
 
15.315 fps ∼50%
Average Intel Core i9-9900K
  (12.4 - 16.3, n=3)
14.8 fps ∼49%
Intel Core i7-9700K, AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
Intel Core i7-9700K
13 fps ∼43%
MSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
11.865 fps ∼39%
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
6.39 fps ∼21%

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Allen Ngo, 2019-11-29 (Update: 2019-11-29)
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