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Intel Core i9-10980HK vs Intel Core i5-10400H vs Intel Core i7-10750H

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.

Intel Core i5-10400H

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The Intel Core i5-10400H is a fast processor for laptops with four cores based on the Comet Lake-H series (4th generation of Skylake architecture). The processor clocks at between 2.6 and 4.6 GHz (up to 4.4 with 4 cores) and can execute up to eight threads simultaneously thanks to Hyper-Threading. According to Intel, the CPU is manufactured in 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 Core i5-10400H supports the management features vPro, TXT and SIPP. 

Performance

The performance should be slightly better than the old Core i7-8809G (Quad-Core 3.1 - 4.2) which was the fastest mobile quad core by Intel.

Graphics

The integrated Intel UHD Graphics 630 iGPU is supposed to offer a similar performance as the UHD630 in the Core i5-9300H. As a  low-end solution it will probably only run 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.

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

Multi-thread performance is most similar to Intel Core i5-10500H, Core i5-11400H and AMD Ryzen 7 4700U. While perhaps not the best bang for the buck, the i7 is fast enough for any task, gaming included, as of 2021. Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how competent the cooling solution of your 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, powerful 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.

ModelIntel Core i9-10980HKIntel Core i5-10400HIntel Core i7-10750H
SeriesIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-HComet Lake-HComet Lake-H
Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-H
Intel Core i9-10980HK « 2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Xeon W-10885M2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10885H2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10880H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Xeon W-10855M2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10850H2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10750H2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10500H2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10400H2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10300H2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10200H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Xeon W-10885M2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10885H2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10880H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Xeon W-10855M2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10850H2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10750H2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10500H2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10400H « 2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10300H2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10200H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Xeon W-10885M2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10885H2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i9-10880H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10875H2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 16 cores16 MB L3
Intel Xeon W-10855M2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10850H2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i7-10750H « 2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10500H2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 12 cores12 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10400H2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10300H2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Intel Core i5-10200H2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 8 cores8 MB L3
Clock2400 - 5300 MHz2600 - 4600 MHz2600 - 5000 MHz
L1 Cache512 KB256 KB384 KB
L2 Cache2 MB1 MB1.5 MB
L3 Cache16 MB8 MB12 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 164 / 86 / 12
TDP45 Watt45 Watt45 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C100 °C
SocketFCBGA1440FCBGA1440BGA1440
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 DDR4-2933 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1250 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1100 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1150 MHz)
Architecturex86x86x86
$583 U.S.$395 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Comet Lake i9-10980HKIntel Comet Lake i5-10400HIntel Comet Lake i7-10750H

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i9-10980HK
46.8 pt (52%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i5-10400H
37.1 pt (42%)
Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU - i7-10750H
42.4 pt (48%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 9597     avg: 10605     median: 10590.5 (17%)     max: 11641 Points
min: 4807     avg: 7129     median: 7463.5 (12%)     max: 8585 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1228     avg: 1277     median: 1287 (57%)     max: 1305 Points
min: 1136     avg: 1218     median: 1217 (54%)     max: 1271 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 465     avg: 488.2     median: 489 (56%)     max: 507 Points
471 Points (54%)
min: 431     avg: 472.7     median: 472 (54%)     max: 504 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 3526     avg: 3933     median: 3883 (16%)     max: 4487 Points
1924 Points (8%)
min: 1749     avg: 2848     median: 2941 (12%)     max: 3325 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1606     avg: 1739     median: 1737 (18%)     max: 1862 Points
796 Points (8%)
min: 804     avg: 1263     median: 1303.5 (13%)     max: 1418 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 198     avg: 206.7     median: 206 (63%)     max: 219 Points
192 Points (59%)
min: 184     avg: 196.7     median: 197 (60%)     max: 213 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
9.6 Points (14%)
min: 13.71     avg: 13.9     median: 13.9 (20%)     max: 14.13 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
2.2 Points (7%)
min: 2.17     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (7%)     max: 2.22 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
7403 Points (60%)
min: 7275     avg: 7377     median: 7376.5 (60%)     max: 7478 Points
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
25731 Points (29%)
min: 37009     avg: 37154     median: 37154 (42%)     max: 37299 Points
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
801 s (9%)
142.7 s (2%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
24.9 s (5%)
5.6 s (1%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
6869 Points (40%)
4115 Points (24%)
min: 6265     avg: 6287     median: 6287 (36%)     max: 6309 Points
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 43786     avg: 47126     median: 47455 (29%)     max: 49275 MIPS
23136 MIPS (14%)
min: 26040     avg: 33946     median: 35346 (22%)     max: 37345 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 5081     avg: 5386     median: 5437 (65%)     max: 5542 MIPS
4766 MIPS (57%)
min: 4504     avg: 5114     median: 5120 (61%)     max: 5470 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
98.2 fps (36%)
49.1 fps (18%)
min: 77.4     avg: 78.3     median: 78.3 (29%)     max: 79.2 fps
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
238.5 fps (56%)
191.4 fps (45%)
min: 220.9     avg: 221.2     median: 221.2 (52%)     max: 221.5 fps
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 12     avg: 13     median: 13 (28%)     max: 14.6 fps
6.1 fps (13%)
min: 5.54     avg: 9.6     median: 9.9 (21%)     max: 11.6 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
1.1 GB/s (0%)
0.6 GB/s (0%)
min: 0.767     avg: 0.8     median: 0.8 (0%)     max: 0.78 GB/s
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
1.8 GB/s (0%)
0.9 GB/s (0%)
1.3 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
10.1 GB/s (0%)
5.3 GB/s (0%)
7.6 GB/s (0%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 239     avg: 277.4     median: 279 (2%)     max: 299 Seconds
565 Seconds (4%)
min: 322     avg: 389.1     median: 371 (3%)     max: 587 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.561     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (12%)     max: 0.596 sec
0.6 sec (14%)
min: 0.578     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (13%)     max: 0.708 sec
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 13573     avg: 13765     median: 13765 (29%)     max: 13957 Points
9578 Points (20%)
min: 10847     avg: 11405     median: 11307 (24%)     max: 12061 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.8 s (2%)
8.1 s (2%)
8.3 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
17.2 s (1%)
17.9 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
449 s (2%)
484.5 s (2%)
466.6 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 54332     avg: 56780     median: 56779.5 (53%)     max: 59227 Points
43210 Points (40%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 13629     avg: 16455     median: 16268 (45%)     max: 19000 Points
8007 Points (22%)
min: 8587     avg: 12991     median: 13325 (37%)     max: 14993 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
61445 Points (40%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
60119 Points (50%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
67714 Points (57%)
min: 63803     avg: 65556     median: 65498 (55%)     max: 67904 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 14150     avg: 15807     median: 16163 (41%)     max: 17016 Points
min: 6797     avg: 10850     median: 11135 (28%)     max: 12015 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 19789     avg: 21270     median: 21190.5 (39%)     max: 22476 Points
min: 11653     avg: 17163     median: 17628.5 (33%)     max: 18769 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 8448     avg: 9352     median: 9439 (47%)     max: 10020 Points
min: 4911     avg: 6649     median: 6852 (34%)     max: 7543 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1283     avg: 1339     median: 1347.5 (58%)     max: 1401 Points
1245 Points (54%)
min: 1114     avg: 1263     median: 1270 (55%)     max: 1333 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 7634     avg: 8175     median: 8155.5 (28%)     max: 8666 Points
4332 Points (15%)
min: 4443     avg: 6135     median: 6308 (22%)     max: 6674 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1222     avg: 1317     median: 1349 (6%)     max: 1380 Points
min: 1215     avg: 1258     median: 1253 (5%)     max: 1325 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 7597     avg: 7969     median: 8010 (25%)     max: 8300 Points
min: 5710     avg: 6283     median: 6338.5 (20%)     max: 6632 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 5615     avg: 5935     median: 5971 (62%)     max: 6218 Points
min: 5321     avg: 5572     median: 5600.5 (58%)     max: 5832 Points
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 29927     avg: 31196     median: 30973 (35%)     max: 32688 Points
min: 22859     avg: 24682     median: 24897 (28%)     max: 25637 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
5687 Points (88%)
5640 Points (87%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
30205 Points (74%)
24958 Points (61%)
PassMark PerformanceTest 9 - PerformanceTest 9.0 CPU Mark
min: 13808     avg: 15156     median: 15155.5 (79%)     max: 16503 Points
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 722     avg: 748     median: 745 (1%)     max: 764 ms
787 ms (1%)
min: 764     avg: 783     median: 779 (1%)     max: 840 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
57793 Points (60%)
min: 5561     avg: 46043     median: 53724.5 (56%)     max: 55732 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 232     avg: 242.9     median: 243 (62%)     max: 252 Points
min: 202     avg: 225.2     median: 225 (57%)     max: 239 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 139     avg: 149.5     median: 149.5 (26%)     max: 160 Watt
67.4 Watt (12%)
min: 70.9     avg: 93.4     median: 95 (16%)     max: 123 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 147     avg: 170.5     median: 170.5 (36%)     max: 194 Watt
75.9 Watt (16%)
min: 78.5     avg: 103.7     median: 97.1 (20%)     max: 128 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Efficiency - external Monitor
min: 9.05     avg: 10.2     median: 10.2 (12%)     max: 11.4 Points per Watt
10.5 Points per Watt (12%)
min: 9.96     avg: 12.8     median: 13.7 (16%)     max: 15.1 Points per Watt

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-10980HK → 100% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-10400H → 72% n=22

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-10750H → 87% n=22

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