Intel Core i9-8950HK vs Intel Core i7-9850H

Intel Core i9-8950HK

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The Intel Core i9-8950HK is a high-end processor for laptops with six cores based on the Coffee Lake architecture and was announced early 2018. The processor clocks at between 2.9- 4.8 GHz (4.3 GHz with 6 cores) and can execute up to twelve 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.

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 50% compared to a similar clocked Kaby Lake processor.

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.

Intel Core i7-9850H

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The Intel Core i7-9850H 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 4.6 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 i7-8850H, the 9850H offers only improved clock rates.

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 50% compared to a similar clocked Kaby Lake processor like the Core i7-7920HQ (3.1 - 4.1 GHz). Single-core performance has not improved since its Kaby Lake predecessor. Compared to the i7-8850H, the performance improved only slightly.

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 (rumored). 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.

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Intel Core i9-9980HK compare2.4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H compare2.3 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
» Intel Core i9-8950HK2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2186M compare2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2276M compare2.8 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9850H2.6 - 4.6 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9750H compare2.6 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2176M compare2.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-8850H compare2.6 - 4.3 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i7-8750H compare2.2 - 4.1 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i5-9400H compare2.5 - 4.3 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300HF compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300H compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8400H compare2.5 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8300H compare2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-8100H compare3 GHz4 / 48 MB
Intel Core i9-9980HK compare2.4 - 5 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-9880H compare2.3 - 4.8 GHz8 / 1616 MB
Intel Core i9-8950HK2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2186M compare2.9 - 4.8 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2276M compare2.8 - 4.7 GHz6 / 1212 MB
» Intel Core i7-9850H2.6 - 4.6 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-9750H compare2.6 - 4.5 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Xeon E-2176M compare2.7 - 4.4 GHz6 / 1212 MB
Intel Core i7-8850H compare2.6 - 4.3 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i7-8750H compare2.2 - 4.1 GHz6 / 129 MB
Intel Core i5-9400H compare2.5 - 4.3 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300HF compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-9300H compare2.4 - 4.1 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8400H compare2.5 - 4.2 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i5-8300H compare2.3 - 4 GHz4 / 88 MB
Intel Core i3-8100H compare3 GHz4 / 48 MB
2900 - 4800 MHz2600 - 4600 MHz
384 KB384 KB
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12 MB12 MB
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FCBGA1440FCBGA1440
Dual-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 - 1200 MHz)Intel UHD Graphics 630 (350 - 1150 MHz)
Architecturex86x86
$583 U.S.
Intel Coffee Lake i9-8950HK

Performance Rating - CB R15 + R20 + 7-Zip + X265 + Blender + 3DM11 CPU
49.9 pt (57%)
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Single Core)
min: 387     avg: 443     median: 442.5 (69%)     max: 498 Points
min: 425     avg: 440     median: 439.5 (69%)     max: 454 Points
Cinebench R20 - Cinebench R20 CPU (Multi Core)
min: 2379     avg: 2652     median: 2651.5 (25%)     max: 2924 Points
min: 1800     avg: 2114     median: 2114 (20%)     max: 2428 Points
Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 1051     avg: 1220     median: 1223.5 (27%)     max: 1391 Points
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min: 1114     avg: 1205     median: 1230 (27%)     max: 1272 Points
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Cinebench R15 - Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 185     avg: 196     median: 195 (72%)     max: 206 Points
min: 192     avg: 194     median: 193 (71%)     max: 196.53 Points
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64 Bit
min: 11.95     avg: 13.6     median: 13.2 (27%)     max: 15.14 Points
12.5 Points (25%)
Cinebench R11.5 - Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64 Bit
min: 2.1     avg: 2.2     median: 2.2 (71%)     max: 2.34 Points
2.1 Points (68%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (32bit)
min: 6978     avg: 7282     median: 7149 (64%)     max: 7735
7169 (64%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (32bit)
min: 32438     avg: 36321     median: 36591 (62%)     max: 39380
31938 (54%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Multi (64bit)
41678 Points (40%)
42090 Points (40%)
Cinebench R10 - Cinebench R10 Rend. Single (64bit)
9576 Points (72%)
9224 Points (69%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 1024m *
245 s (3%)
278 s (3%)
wPrime 2.10 - wPrime 2.0 32m *
8.1 s (2%)
8.3 s (2%)
WinRAR - WinRAR 4.0
min: 6401     avg: 6421     median: 6420.5 (41%)     max: 6440
5621 (36%)
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Multli Thread 4 runs
3034 MIPS (2%)
min: 25786     avg: 29714     median: 31087 (24%)     max: 32268 MIPS
7-Zip 18.03 - 7-Zip 18.03 Single Thread 4 runs
5080 MIPS (33%)
min: 5020     avg: 5066     median: 5086 (33%)     max: 5092 MIPS
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 2
min: 69.13     avg: 77.9     median: 77.9 (35%)     max: 86.7 fps
68.3 fps (31%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - x264 Pass 1
min: 216.025     avg: 225     median: 224.9 (66%)     max: 233.8 fps
201 fps (59%)
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 - HWBOT x265 4k Preset
8.8 fps (28%)
min: 7     avg: 8.4     median: 9 (28%)     max: 9.1 fps
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TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Serpent
min: 0.688     avg: 0.7     median: 0.7 (1%)     max: 0.79 GB/s
0.8 GB/s (1%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt Twofish
min: 1.1     avg: 1.2     median: 1.2 (1%)     max: 1.3 GB/s
1.2 GB/s (1%)
TrueCrypt - TrueCrypt AES
min: 6.6     avg: 7.2     median: 7.2 (1%)     max: 7.8 GB/s
7.4 GB/s (1%)
Blender 2.79 - Blender 2.79 BMW27 CPU *
411 Seconds (3%)
min: 411     avg: 459     median: 415 (3%)     max: 552 Seconds
3DMark 06 - CPU - 3DMark 06 - CPU
min: 9478     avg: 11037     median: 11055 (61%)     max: 11682 Points
min: 9137     avg: 10056     median: 10056 (56%)     max: 10975 Points
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
min: 8.217     avg: 8.4     median: 8.4 (2%)     max: 8.6 s
8.2 s (2%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
min: 18.112     avg: 18.7     median: 18.7 (1%)     max: 19.2 s
18.1 s (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 32M *
min: 451.786     avg: 466     median: 466.4 (2%)     max: 481.1 s
468 s (2%)
3DMark Vantage - 3DM Vant. Perf. CPU no Physx
min: 37453     avg: 41216     median: 41216 (48%)     max: 44979 Points
min: 26292     avg: 34763     median: 37665 (44%)     max: 40333 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Physics
min: 9974     avg: 12990     median: 13112 (56%)     max: 14879 Points
min: 9987     avg: 11361     median: 11512 (49%)     max: 12585 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Physics
min: 57291     avg: 62439     median: 62509 (40%)     max: 72135 Points
min: 54664     avg: 57802     median: 56870 (37%)     max: 61872 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Physics
min: 57931     avg: 59811     median: 59810.5 (64%)     max: 61690 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Physics
min: 24411     avg: 49357     median: 61055 (63%)     max: 62605 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Physics
min: 6733     avg: 10551     median: 10817 (27%)     max: 12404 Points
min: 8390     avg: 9853     median: 9841 (25%)     max: 11328 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Physics
min: 10277     avg: 15847     median: 16455 (42%)     max: 18605 Points
min: 14059     avg: 15802     median: 15330 (39%)     max: 18016 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy CPU
min: 4293     avg: 5791     median: 6191.5 (43%)     max: 6481 Points
min: 4588     avg: 5605     median: 5953 (42%)     max: 6275 Points
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Multi-Core
min: 21023     avg: 23100     median: 23881 (42%)     max: 24397
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 32 Bit Single-Core
min: 4511     avg: 4592     median: 4567 (94%)     max: 4698
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Multi-Core
22018 (34%)
Geekbench 3 - Geekbench 3 64 Bit Single-Core
4888 (99%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Single-Core
5376 (83%)
Geekbench 4.0 - Geekbench 4.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
20077 (49%)
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 5464     avg: 5645     median: 5665.5 (77%)     max: 5785
min: 5320     avg: 5509     median: 5594 (76%)     max: 5614
Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 - Geekbench 4.1 - 4.4 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 21980     avg: 23919     median: 24399.5 (39%)     max: 24898
min: 18098     avg: 22010     median: 23715 (38%)     max: 24218
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Single-Core
min: 1135     avg: 1169     median: 1169 (69%)     max: 1203
Geekbench 5.0 - Geekbench 5.0 64 Bit Multi-Core
min: 5353     avg: 5620     median: 5619.5 (34%)     max: 5886
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Kraken 1.1 Total Score *
min: 598.4     avg: 935     median: 988.6 (2%)     max: 1023.6 ms
min: 1009.5     avg: 1017     median: 1014.8 (2%)     max: 1028 ms
Sunspider - Sunspider 1.0 Total Score *
min: 72.1     avg: 174     median: 173.9 (2%)     max: 275.6 ms
Octane V2 - Octane V2 Total Score
min: 37397     avg: 41732     median: 40726 (65%)     max: 52403 Points
min: 38630     avg: 39090     median: 39091 (63%)     max: 39548 Points

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i9-8950HK → 100% n=36

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i7-9850H → 122% n=36

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