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Intel Xeon W-10855M vs Intel Core i7-10750H vs Intel Core i9-10980HK

Intel Xeon W-10855M

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The Intel Xeon W-10855M is a high-end processor for laptops with six cores based on the Comet Lake architecture (CML-H, 4th generation of Skylake). The processor clocks at between 2.8 and 4.8 GHz (probably 4.4 GHz with 6 cores) and can execute up to twelve threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The processor is still manufactured in the old 14nm (14nm++) process. 

The Comet Lake architecture is similar to Coffee Lake and offers the same features and is produced in the same 14nm process. Other than the improved clock rates, the memory controller now also supports faster DDR4-2933 RAM. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.

The Intel Xeon W-10855M supports the management features vPro, TXT and SIPP and is the professional version of the Core i7-10850H with slightly higher clock speeds (+100 MHz base speed). 

Performance

The performance of the Xeon W-10855M should be similar to the old top model Core i7-8950H (6 cores, 2.9 - 4.8 GHz). Thanks to the 6 cores and high Turbo speeds, even demanding applications should run fine on the CPU. However, long term performance is always depending on the laptop cooling system and system configuration.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics P630 iGPU is supposed to offer a similar performance as the UHD630 in the Core i7-9750H. As a  low-end solution it will only run current games smoothly at reduced details - if at all.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 45 watts and therefore the i7 is only suited for big laptops with good cooling solutions. Using cTDP-down, the CPU can also be configured to 35 Watt resulting in a reduced performance.

Intel Core i7-10750H

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The Intel Core i7-10750H is a fast 45 W processor designed for use in larger, beefier laptops. The Comet Lake-H family CPU was launched in mid-2020. It features six cores (twelve threads) running at 2.6 GHz Boosting up to 5 GHz (single-core Boost). The likely all-core Boost frequency is 4.3 GHz. Most of the specs are the same as the 10750H’s direct predecessor, the i7-9750H. The newer model has two advantages over its predecessor in that its Boost frequency is higher and the memory controller can now officially host memory clocked at 2,933 MHz, an upgrade over the 2,666 MHz limitation of the outgoing model.

Architecture

Comet Lake is a yet another revision of the dated Skylake architecture (not unlike the previous Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Kaby Lake families) for similar feature set and performance-per-MHz figures. Core i7-10750H is manufactured on the third-gen 14 nm Intel process that is undeniably inferior to TSMC's 7 nm process, the one AMD’s Ryzen 4000 series laptop-grade processors are manufactured on.

The hexa-core CPU is compatible with up to 128 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2933 RAM and has support for PCI-Express 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 but not the professional features (vPro, TXT, SIPP) as found in the case of Core i7-10850H.

Both the CPU cores and the iGPU have access to 12 MB of L3 cache. Four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes allow for read/write rates of up to 3.9 GB/s provided a suitably fast NVMe SSD is used.

Intel 10750H gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (BGA1440 socket interface) and is thus pretty much impossible to replace.

Performance

The average 10750H in our database is as fast as the Core i7-8559U and Ryzen 7 3700X in single-core benchmarks while multi-core testing reveals the CPU to be similar to the Ryzen 5 5500U and Ryzen 5 5600H. As of mid-2021, the i7 is fast enough for any task, gaming included. Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how competent the cooling solution of a laptop is.

Graphics

We've known the Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU for a while. This is the same iGPU the Core i7-9750H and Core i7-8750H processors had. In this i7, the 24 EU iGPU is clocked at 350 MHz to 1,150 MHz.

Intel UHD Graphics 630 supports up to 3 monitors with resolutions of up to [email protected] and the built-in video decoder can handle AVC, HEVC, VP9 and other popular video codecs (AV1 is not supported here). This is not a gaming GPU as it is not fast enough to handle most AAA titles released in 2020. At 720p resolution, Escape from Tarkov runs at just 17 fps (low quality preset), to give you an example. As the iGPU has no VRAM of its own, it is paramount that fast system RAM is used.

Power Consumption

Energy efficiency is not great here as the 14 nm manufacturing process is very old by now. While the default TDP value (also known as the long-term Power Limit) of the i7 sits at 45 W, the actual consumption when under heavy load will be significantly higher than this.

Core i7-10750H is designed for use in chunky, hard to carry around laptops, and a high-performance cooling system is a must. OEMs are free to set the TDP to 35 watts instead of 45 watts for leaner designs but the base as well as the Boost clock speeds would take a hit as a result.

Intel Core i9-10980HK

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The Intel Core i9-10980HK is a high-end processor for laptops with eight cores based on the Comet Lake architecture (CML-H, 4th generation of Skylake). The processor clocks at between 2.4 and 5.3 GHz (all 8 cores up to 4.4 GHz) and can execute up to sixteen threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. The 5.3 GHz can be only achieved below 65°C core temperature (Thermal Velocity Boost), between 65 and 85°C, 5.2 GHz are the maximum and above that 5.1 with restrictions (Turbo Boost 3.0).

The processor is still manufactured in the old 14nm (14nm++) process. Compared to the predecessor, the Core i9-9980HK, the 10980HK probably offers only increased base clock rates (and maybe multi core turbo clocks). Thanks to the free multiplicator, the CPU can also be easily overclocked (but may not have much headroom).

The Comet Lake architecture is similar to Coffee Lake and offers the same features and is produced in the same 14nm process. Other than the improved clock rates, the memory controller now also supports faster DDR4-2933 RAM. More information on Comet Lake and all the models and articles on it can be found here.

The Core i7-10750H supports no vPro, TXT or SIPP. These business features are available in the similar (and later released) Core i9-10885H (2.4 - 5.3 GHz).

Performance

The performance of the Core i9-10980HK should be higher than the old Core i9-9980HK (2.4 - 5 GHz) thanks to the increased turbo clock speeds. Thanks to the 8 cores and high Turbo speeds, even demanding applications should run very good on the CPU. However, long term performance is always depending on the laptop cooling system and system configuration. At the time of announcement, the i9-10980HK is the fastest Comet Lake-H CPU and fastest laptop CPU on the market. 

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a similar performance as the UHD630 in the Core i7-9980HK. As a  low-end solution it will only run 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. Using cTDP-down, the CPU can also be configured to 35 Watt resulting in a reduced performance.

Beware, the CPU was not yet released at the time of writing and the information is based on leaks and early information.

ModelIntel Xeon W-10855MIntel Core i7-10750HIntel Core i9-10980HK
SeriesIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-HComet Lake-HComet Lake-H
Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-H
Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10885M2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10885H2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10880H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Xeon W-10855M2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10850H2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10750H2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10500H2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400H2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10300H2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10200H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10885M2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10885H2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10880H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10855M2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10850H2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i7-10750H2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10500H2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400H2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10300H2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10200H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
» Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10885M2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10885H2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10880H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10855M2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10850H2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10750H2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10500H2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400H2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10300H2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10200H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Clock2800 - 5100 MHz2600 - 5000 MHz2400 - 5300 MHz
L1 Cache384 KB384 KB512 KB
L2 Cache1.5 MB1.5 MB2 MB
L3 Cache12 MB12 MB16 MB
Cores / Threads6 / 126 / 128 / 16
TDP45 Watt45 Watt45 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
SocketFCBGA1440BGA1440FCBGA1440
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4-2933 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics P630 (350 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1150 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1250 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
$395 U.S.$583 U.S.
ManufacturerIntel Comet Lake i7-10750HIntel Comet Lake i9-10980HK

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-10750H
46.9 pt (55%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i9-10980HK
51.9 pt (61%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 4807     avg: 7129     median: 7463.5 (12%)     max: 8585 Points
min: 9597     avg: 10605     median: 10590.5 (17%)     max: 11641 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1136     avg: 1218     median: 1217 (61%)     max: 1271 Points
min: 1228     avg: 1277     median: 1287 (64%)     max: 1305 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 431     avg: 472.7     median: 472 (61%)     max: 504 Points
min: 465     avg: 488.2     median: 489 (63%)     max: 507 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 1749     avg: 2848     median: 2941 (12%)     max: 3325 Points
min: 3526     avg: 3933     median: 3883 (16%)     max: 4487 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 804     avg: 1263     median: 1303.5 (13%)     max: 1418 Points
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min: 1606     avg: 1739     median: 1737 (18%)     max: 1862 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 184     avg: 196.7     median: 197 (67%)     max: 213 Points
min: 198     avg: 206.7     median: 206 (71%)     max: 219 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 13.71     avg: 13.9     median: 13.9 (26%)     max: 14.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 2.17     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (7%)     max: 2.22 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 7275     avg: 7377     median: 7376.5 (66%)     max: 7478 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 37009     avg: 37154     median: 37154 (51%)     max: 37299 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
142.7 s (2%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
5.6 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 6265     avg: 6287     median: 6287 (36%)     max: 6309 Points
6869 Points (40%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 26040     avg: 33946     median: 35346 (25%)     max: 37345 MIPS
min: 43786     avg: 47126     median: 47455 (34%)     max: 49275 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 4504     avg: 5114     median: 5120 (73%)     max: 5470 MIPS
min: 5081     avg: 5386     median: 5437 (78%)     max: 5542 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 77.4     avg: 78.3     median: 78.3 (35%)     max: 79.2 fps
98.2 fps (44%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 220.9     avg: 221.2     median: 221.2 (60%)     max: 221.5 fps
238.5 fps (65%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 5.54     avg: 9.6     median: 9.9 (21%)     max: 11.6 fps