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Intel Core i9-10980HK vs Intel Core i7-10870H

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 i7-10870H

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The Intel Core i7-10870H is a higher-end, octa-core processor of the Comet Lake product family. The Hyper-Threading-enabled processor was unveiled in 2020. It is designed for use in large gaming laptops and DTRs; its CPU cores run at 2.2 GHz (base clock speed) to 5 GHz (max. Boost frequency). The all-core Boost frequency sits at 4.2 GHz.

Core i7-10870H is slightly inferior to Core i7-10875H in that the former has a 100 MHz lower base clock speed, 100 MHz lower Boost clock speed and no support for Intel's proprietary security features: vPro, TXT, SIPP.

Last but not the least, this H-class processor features the 24 EU UHD Graphics 630 iGPU.

Architecture

Comet Lake is a yet another revision of the dated Skylake architecture (much like the previous Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, Kaby Lake product families) for similar feature set and performance-per-MHz figures.

Still, 10th Generation Core processors have their advantages. The upgraded memory controller is one such advantage; it can officially host memory clocked at 2,933 MHz, an upgrade over the 2,666 MHz limitation of the outgoing Coffee Lake product family. Intel recommends using no more than 128 GB, for reference.

Core i7-10870H is manufactured on Intel's third-gen 14 nm process. The octa-core CPU is compatible with Thunderbolt 3; it has sixteen PCI-Express 3.0 lanes for connecting discrete graphics cards, SSDs and other devices. 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.

Please note this isn't a user-replaceable CPU. It gets soldered permanently on to the motherboard (BGA1440 socket interface) and is thus pretty much impossible to replace.

Performance

The i7 scores well in multi-thread benchmarks, coming really close to AMD Ryzen 5 5600H and Intel Core i9-9980HK. It is thus absolutely capable of handling any task that requires significant processing muscle. Your mileage may vary depending on how high the Power Limits are and how competent the cooling solution of a laptop is.

Graphics

The Intel UHD Graphics 630 is an old acquaintance of ours; this 24 EU iGPU was used in many H-class Intel Core processors of previous years, like a Core i7-9750H.

In the case of 10870H, the UHD Graphics runs at 350 MHz to 1,200 MHz. It will let you use up to 3 displays simultaneously. The highest resolution supported here is 4K (4096 by 2304 pixels). This graphics adapter will happily hardware-decode VP9, AVC, HEVC, MPEG-2 and other popular video codecs; the latest AV1 codec did not make the list.

UHD Graphics 630 was not made for gaming; it is not fast enough to handle most triple-A titles of 2019 and 2020, even if you set the resolution to 1024 x 768 and select the lowest quality preset possible.

Power Consumption

Core i7-10870H has a 45 W TDP (also known as the Power Limit 1) that can be set to as low as 35 W if an OEM so desires. Clock speeds and thus performance would take a hit as a result.

The old 14 nm process makes for rather poor energy efficiency. The CPU will happily consume 70 or even 100 W when Boosting. Quality cooling solution is a must.

ModelIntel Core i9-10980HKIntel Core i7-10870H
SeriesIntel Comet LakeIntel Comet Lake
CodenameComet Lake-HComet Lake-H
Series: Comet Lake Comet Lake-H
» Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10885M compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10885H compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10880H compare2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10875H compare2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10855M compare2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10850H compare2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10750H compare2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10500H compare2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400H compare2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10300H compare2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10200H compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i9-10980HK2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10885M compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10885H compare2.4 - 5.3 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-10880H compare2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i7-10875H compare2.3 - 5.1 GHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i7-10870H2.2 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Xeon W-10855M compare2.8 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10850H compare2.7 - 5.1 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-10750H compare2.6 - 5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10500H compare2.5 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i5-10400H compare2.6 - 4.6 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10300H compare2.5 - 4.5 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-10200H compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Clock2400 - 5300 MHz2200 - 5000 MHz
L1 Cache512 KB512 KB
L2 Cache2 MB2 MB
L3 Cache16 MB16 MB
Cores / Threads8 / 168 / 16
TDP45 Watt45 Watt
Technology14 nm14 nm
max. Temp.100 °C100 °C
SocketFCBGA1440FCBGA1440
FeaturesDual-Channel DDR4 Memory Controller, HyperThreading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NIDDR4 Memory Controller, Hyper-Threading, AVX, AVX2, Quick Sync, Virtualization, AES-NI
iGPUIntel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1250 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1200 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$583 U.S.
Announced
ManufacturerIntel Comet Lake i9-10980HKIntel Comet Lake i7-10870H

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 - i7-10870H
45.6 pt (51%)
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Multi Core
min: 9597     avg: 10605     median: 10590.5 (17%)     max: 11641 Points
min: 8250     avg: 9594     median: 9892.5 (16%)     max: 10450 Points
Cinebench R23 - Cinebench R23 Single Core
min: 1228     avg: 1277     median: 1287 (57%)     max: 1305 Points
min: 1177     avg: 1223     median: 1226 (54%)     max: 1253 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 465     avg: 488.2     median: 489 (56%)     max: 507 Points
min: 460     avg: 473.6     median: 473.5 (54%)     max: 484 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 3526     avg: 3933     median: 3883 (16%)     max: 4487 Points
min: 3027     avg: 3588     median: 3632 (15%)     max: 4020 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1606     avg: 1739     median: 1737 (18%)     max: 1862 Points
min: 1336     avg: 1614     median: 1659 (17%)     max: 1740 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 198     avg: 206.7     median: 206 (63%)     max: 219 Points
min: 196     avg: 199.8     median: 200 (61%)     max: 204 Points
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
6869 Points (40%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
min: 43786     avg: 47126     median: 47455 (29%)     max: 49275 MIPS
min: 39581     avg: 44452     median: 44975.5 (28%)     max: 46708 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
min: 5081     avg: 5386     median: 5437 (65%)     max: 5542 MIPS
min: 5145     avg: 5293     median: 5295.5 (63%)     max: 5429 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
98.2 fps (36%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
238.5 fps (56%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
min: 12     avg: 13     median: 13 (28%)     max: 14.6 fps
min: 10.7     avg: 12.2     median: 12.5 (27%)     max: 13.5 fps
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
1.1 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
1.8 GB/s (0%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
10.1 GB/s (0%)
Blender - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
min: 239     avg: 277.4     median: 279 (2%)     max: 299 Seconds
min: 272     avg: 297.6     median: 292 (2%)     max: 333 Seconds
R Benchmark 2.5 - R Benchmark 2.5 *
min: 0.561     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (12%)     max: 0.596 sec
min: 0.573     avg: 0.6     median: 0.6 (13%)     max: 0.614 sec
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 13573     avg: 13765     median: 13765 (29%)     max: 13957 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
7.8 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
17.2 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
449 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 54332     avg: 56780     median: 56779.5 (53%)     max: 59227 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 13629     avg: 16455     median: 16268 (45%)     max: 19000 Points
min: 13753     avg: 15226     median: 15943 (44%)     max: 16331 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
67714 Points (57%)
min: 63612     avg: 64430     median: 63696 (54%)     max: 65981 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 14150     avg: 15807     median: 16163 (41%)     max: 17016 Points
min: 12985     avg: 14960     median: 15506 (39%)     max: 15719 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 19789     avg: 21270     median: 21190.5 (39%)     max: 22476 Points
min: 17337     avg: 19768     median: 20247 (37%)     max: 20886 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 8448     avg: 9352     median: 9439 (47%)     max: 10020 Points
min: 7603     avg: 8624     median: 8636.5 (43%)     max: 9627 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1283     avg: 1339     median: 1347.5 (58%)     max: 1401 Points
min: 1191     avg: 1273     median: 1282.5 (55%)     max: 1295 Points
Geekbench 5.4 - Geekbench 5.1 - 5.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 7634     avg: 8175     median: 8155.5 (28%)     max: 8666 Points
min: 6403     avg: 7482     median: 7735.5 (27%)     max: 7882 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1222     avg: 1317     median: 1349 (60%)     max: 1380 Points
min: 1264     avg: 1272     median: 1276 (57%)     max: 1277 Points
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 7597     avg: 7969     median: 8010 (25%)     max: 8300 Points
min: 7678     avg: 7738     median: 7700 (24%)     max: 7837 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: 5311     avg: 5555     median: 5652 (58%)     max: 5703 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: 30420     avg: 30536     median: 30578 (34%)     max: 30611 Points
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
5687 Points (88%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
30205 Points (74%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 722     avg: 748     median: 745 (1%)     max: 764 ms
min: 789     avg: 801     median: 796.5 (1%)     max: 861 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
57793 Points (60%)
min: 53412     avg: 54494     median: 54493.5 (56%)     max: 55575 Points
WebXPRT 3 - WebXPRT 3 Score
min: 232     avg: 242.9     median: 243 (64%)     max: 252 Points
min: 220     avg: 226.4     median: 225 (59%)     max: 243 Points
Power Consumption - Prime95 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 139     avg: 149.5     median: 149.5 (26%)     max: 160 Watt
min: 98.4     avg: 98.9     median: 98.9 (17%)     max: 99.4 Watt
Power Consumption - Cinebench R15 Multi Power Consumption - external Monitor *
min: 147     avg: 170.5     median: 170.5 (36%)     max: 194 Watt
min: 98.6     avg: 98.8     median: 98.8 (21%)     max: 98.9 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
min: 13.5     avg: 13.8     median: 13.8 (16%)     max: 14 Points per Watt

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-10980HK → 100% n=25

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-10870H → 96% n=25

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