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Intel Core i5-9400H vs Intel Core i7-9750H vs Intel Core i9-9880H

Intel Core i5-9400H

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The Intel Core i5-9400H is a high-end processor for laptops with four cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture (2019 refresh, CFL-HR). The processor clocks at between 2.5 and 4.3 GHz (4.1 with 4 cores) and can execute up to eight threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. According to Intel, the CPU is manufactured in an improved 14nm (14nm++) process. Compared to the predecessor, the Core i5-8400H from 2018, the 9300H is only clocked slightly higher (+100 MHz CPU Turbo, +50 MHz GPU).

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

The Intel Core i5-9400H should perform similar as the older Core i7-7920HQ (3.1 - 4.1 GHz). The faster Coffee Lake CPUs, like the Core i7-9750H offers two additional cores and is therefore up to 50% faster in multithreaded benchmarks. Still, the performance of the i5-9400H should be sufficient for even demanding applications and games.

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 i5 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 price list information (e.g. by Intel or on Baidu).

Intel Core i7-9750H

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The Intel Core i7-9750H is a high-end processor for laptops with six cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture (2019 refresh, CFL-HR). The processor clocks at between 2.6 and 4.5 GHz (4 GHz with 6 cores) and can execute up to twelve threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. According to Intel, the CPU is manufactured in an improved 14nm (14nm++) process. Compared to the predecessor, the Core i7-8750H, the 9750H offers improved clock rates and a larger L3 cache.

The Coffee Lake architecture is similar to Kaby Lake and differs only in the amount of cores (now max. eight 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 like the Core i7-7820HQ (2.9 - 3.9 GHz). Single-core performance has not improved over the Kaby Lake predecessor. As a high-end model, the i7-9750H is suitable for the most demanding applications and games.

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 compared to the UHD 630 of the 8750H CPU. 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 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 i9-9880H

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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 sixteen 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 (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.

ModelIntel Core i5-9400HIntel Core i7-9750HIntel Core i9-9880H
SeriesIntel Coffee LakeIntel Coffee LakeIntel Coffee Lake
CodenameCoffee Lake-HCoffee Lake-HCoffee Lake-H
Series: Coffee Lake Coffee Lake-H
Intel Core i9-9980HK2.4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H2.3 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2186M2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2276M2.8 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9850H2.6 - 4.6 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9750H2.6 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2176M2.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-8850H2.6 - 4.3 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i7-8750H2.2 - 4.1 GHz6 / 129 MB
» Intel Core i5-9400H2.5 - 4.3 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300HF2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8400H2.5 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8300H2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-8100H3 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Core i9-9980HK2.4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H2.3 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2186M2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2276M2.8 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9850H2.6 - 4.6 GHz6 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i7-9750H2.6 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2176M2.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-8850H2.6 - 4.3 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i7-8750H2.2 - 4.1 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i5-9400H2.5 - 4.3 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300HF2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8400H2.5 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8300H2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-8100H3 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Core i9-9980HK2.4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-9880H2.3 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2186M2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2276M2.8 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9850H2.6 - 4.6 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9750H2.6 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2176M2.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-8850H2.6 - 4.3 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i7-8750H2.2 - 4.1 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i5-9400H2.5 - 4.3 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300HF2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8400H2.5 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8300H2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-8100H3 GHz4 / 48 MB
Clock2500 - 4300 MHz2600 - 4500 MHz2300 - 4800 MHz
L1 Cache256 KB512 KB
L2 Cache1 MB2 MB
L3 Cache8 MB12 MB16 MB
Cores / Threads4 / 86 / 128 / 16
TDP45 Watt45 Watt45 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
SocketFCBGA1440FCBGA1440FCBGA1440
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDual-Channel DDR4 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 630 (350 - 1100 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1150 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
Announced
max. Temp.100 °C

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-9750H
44.6 pt (52%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i9-9880H
48.3 pt (57%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 8504     avg: 8670     median: 8747 (14%)     max: 8758 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1140     avg: 1174     median: 1174 (58%)     max: 1208 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 416     avg: 442.5     median: 442 (57%)     max: 486 Points
min: 441     avg: 459     median: 465 (60%)     max: 474 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 2017     avg: 2564     median: 2599 (11%)     max: 3133 Points
min: 2953     avg: 3271     median: 3235 (14%)     max: 3712 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
823 Points (8%)
min: 952     avg: 1182     median: 1188 (12%)     max: 1306 Points
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min: 1317     avg: 1506     median: 1508 (16%)     max: 1721 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 170     avg: 183.7     median: 185.5 (64%)     max: 194 Points
min: 181     avg: 190.1     median: 190 (65%)     max: 198 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
9.4 Points (17%)
min: 11.26     avg: 13     median: 13.1 (24%)     max: 14.11 Points
18.9 Points (35%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 1.96     avg: 2.1     median: 2.1 (60%)     max: 2.19 Points
2.1 Points (60%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 6659     avg: 6923     median: 6970 (62%)     max: 7214 Points
6967 Points (62%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 28251     avg: 33539     median: 34445 (47%)     max: 36304 Points
42456 Points (58%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
min: 37188     avg: 40129     median: 38960 (35%)     max: 44238 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
min: 9069     avg: 9165     median: 9081 (55%)     max: 9346 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
154.4 s (2%)
118.7 s (1%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
4.9 s (1%)
5.4 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 6160     avg: 6396     median: 6395.5 (37%)     max: 6631 Points
6683 Points (39%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 28512     avg: 32357     median: 33303 (24%)     max: 35174 MIPS
min: 39455     avg: 42728     median: 42138 (30%)     max: 46591 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 4580     avg: 4846     median: 4865 (70%)     max: 5090 MIPS
min: 4837     avg: 4943     median: 4924 (71%)     max: 5068 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 69.6     avg: 70.3     median: 70.3 (32%)     max: 70.9 fps
102.4 fps (46%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 211     avg: 214.8     median: 214.8 (58%)     max: 218.6 fps
217 fps (59%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 7.1     avg: 8.7     median: 8.8 (19%)     max: 10.7 fps