Intel Core i9-10980HK - The 10th Gen Mobile Series Flagship From Intel 11

Intel Core i9-10980HK – The 10th Gen Mobile Series Flagship From Intel

The Core i9-10980HK is the 10th gen Mobile Series Flagship from Intel, it is an 8 Core 16 threaded processor, and is more oriented towards gaming performance as said by intel, Capable of going beyond the 5Ghz mark making it the indisputable champion in single-core benchmarks.
In the market, it is intended to take on the Renoir, Ryzen 7 and 9 Series chipset, Core i9-10980HK has been spotted in a Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB laptop on Geekbench 5, also we have The score from AMD Ryzen 7 4800H,
let’s see how the Intel Flagship performs.

Intel Core i9-10980HK Specification table

SpecificationIntel Core i9-10980HK - The 10th Gen Mobile Series Flagship From Intel 12
Cores/Threads8/16
Clock Speed
(Base/Normal Boost/TVB Boost)
2.4GHz/5.1GHz/5.3GHz
Total L3 Cache16MB
Memory Support(Frequency)2933 MHz
Memory Channels2
Max Memory Supported(Practical)128GB
PCIe Version SupportedGen 3
PCIe Lanes16
TDP45W
GraphicsIntel UHD 630
Manufacturing Process14nm

Specification Details
https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/201838/intel-core-i9-10980hk-processor-16m-cache-up-to-5-30-ghz.html

Core i9-10980HK vs Ryzen 7 4800H

So we have the Gigabyte Aorus 17X YB laptop Powered by the Intel Core i9-10980HK, and the Asus TUF Gaming Laptop powered by the Ryzen 7 4800H.
The Gigabyte Aorus was able to score 1352 on the single-core test and 8386 on the Multi-core test, while the Asus TUF was able to score 1196 on the single-core test and 8390 on the multi-core test.

The result is not very surprising as both the processors are 8 core 16 threaded processors, and are in the somewhat same range, also the higher single-core score of core i9-10980HK can be attributed to it 5.3GHz clock speed due to TVB, but surprisingly the Ryzen 7 4800H was able to score just a bit more on the multi-core test, also given the price difference between the processors, the single-core score of 10980HK is not that impressive.

Also, the Core i9-10980HK is the flagship from intel and is almost tied with the Ryzen 7 4800H which is not the flagship from AMD, there is still Ryzen 9 4900H, so intel has to do something, to regain the top spot in the market.

It is important to note that the Core i9-10980HK was tested on Geekbench 5.0 while Ryzen 7 4800H was tested on Geekbench 5.1, the score on geekbench 5.1 is always a tad bit higher than on the Geekbench 5.0, but it is also important to note that while both the processor has the same TDP, to achieve the 5.3GHz mark the Core i9-10980HK can take upto 135 Watt, if possible(thermal Reasons), while the Ryzen 7 4800H can only take upto 65 Watt.

Also, the TUF series doesn’t have the best in class thermal, while Gigabyte supports some of the best thermal systems on a laptop, so it is possible if equipped with a better thermally performing laptop the Ryzen 7 4800H might be able to perform better than the Core i9-10980HK, Also the Single-Core Performance of 10980HK, only laptops which are able to keep the CPU temperature below 65 Degree Celcius, only those Laptop will be able to give this kind of score for the 10980HK, if the laptops don’t have that kind of Thermal’s then, the Boost clock will be 5.1GHz resulting is a lower benchmark score

Intel Core i9-10980HK - The 10th Gen Mobile Series Flagship From Intel 15

Also, the Laptops were benchmarked with similar Hardware, i.e Same amount of RAM and Storage

Intel Core i9-10980HK - The 10th Gen Mobile Series Flagship From Intel 16

Conclusion

Well Honestly I am a bit disappointed with intel, the Core i9-10980HK should have been on par with Ryzen 9 4900H, but here it is struggling with the Ryzen 7 4800H, even the Single-core Benchmark test in which the 10980HK performs better, the Difference is still not justifiable for a price difference.
So Even with the benchmark difference, the price to performance ratio of AMD is much better than Intel, also AMD Processors are able to perform the same as Intel, but with a much lower TDP, meaning less power consumption, which is beneficial for most the laptops.

Credits
The Asus TUF benchmarks were taken from APISAK
Visual Image Credits
https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/1732292
https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/compare/1732292?baseline=1322024
https://browser.geekbench.com/v5/cpu/1322024

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