First Benchmark Result of Intel's Core i9-11950H 'Tiger Lake-H' Emerge

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The first benchmark results of Intel's yet-to-be-announced eight-core Core i9-11950 'Tiger Lake-H' processor for gaming notebooks have been published in Primate Labs' Geekbench 5 database. The new unit expectedly beats Intel's own quad-core Core i7-1185G7 CPU both in single and multi-thread workloads, but when it comes to comparison with other rivals, its results are not that obvious. 

Intel's Core i9-11950 processor has never been revealed in leaks, so it was surprising to see benchmark results of HP's ZBook Studio 15.6-inch G8 laptop based on this CPU in Geekbench 5. The chip has eight cores based on the Willow Cove microarchitecture running at 2.60 GHz – 4.90 GHz, it is equipped with a 24MB cache, a dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory controller, and a basic UHD Graphics core featuring the Xe architecture. 

In Geekbench 5, the ZBook Studio 15.6-inch G8 powered by the Core i9-11950H scored 1,365 points in single-thread benchmark and 6,266 points in multi-thread benchmark. The system operated in 'HP Optimized (Modern Standby)' power plan, though we do not know the maximum TDP that is supported in this mode. 

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CPUSingle-CoreMulti-CoreCores/Threads, uArchCacheClocksTDPLink
AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS1,5408,2258C/16T, Zen 316MB3.30 ~ 4.53 GHz35W
AMD Ryzen 9 4900H1,2307,1258C/16T, Zen 28MB3.30 ~ 4.44 GHz35~54W
Intel Core i9-119001,71510,5658C/16T, Cedar Cove16 MB2.50 ~ 5.20 GHz65W
Intel Core i9-11950H1,3656,2668C/16T, Willow Cove24MB2.60 ~ 4.90 GHz?
Intel Core i9-10885H1,3357,9008C/16T, Skylake16MB2.40 ~ 5.08 GHz45W
Intel Core i7-1185G71,5505,6004C/8T, Willow Cove12MB3.0 ~ 4.80 GHz28W
Apple M11,7107,6604C Firestorm + 4C Icestorm12MB + 4MB3.20 GHz20~24W

The upcoming Core i9-11950H processor easily defeats its quad-core Core i7-1185G7 brother for mainstream and thin-and-light laptops both in single-thread and multi-thread workloads. This is not particularly surprising as the model i7-1185G7 has a TDP of 28W. Meanwhile, the Core i9-11950H is behind AMD's Ryzen 9 5980HS as well as Apple's M1 in all kinds of workloads. Furthermore, its multi-thread score is behind that of its predecessor, the Core i9-10885H.  

Perhaps, the unimpressive results of the Core i9-11950H in Geekbench 5 are due to a preliminary BIOS, early drivers, wrong settings, or some other anomalies. In short, since the CPU does not officially exist, its test results should be taken with a grain of salt. Yet, at this point, the product does not look too good in this benchmark.

Anton Shilov
Freelance News Writer

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • irish_adam
    You repeatedly state that the 11950H beats the 1185G7 in both single and multi thread but your own chart shows the 1185G7 having a much higher single core performance and only slightly less in multi core. I mean it scores almost exactly the same as 10885H in single while losing massively to it in multi-core. Are your numbers for the 11950H wrong or is the whole tone of the article wrong? or am I just being stupid?
  • Akole
    Pretty close where I expected it to Top the Zen 2 4900H, could be due to that "HP Optimized " powerplan but Time will tell
  • Jim90
    Houston, we have a problem...this article needs correcting since it states the new 11950H beats the 1185G7 in single core scores yet the table shows...
    The Geekbench source does indeed confirm.

    I wouldn't be too quick to rule out this as yet another example of Intel's Influence™
  • watzupken
    I feel Intel is running out of runway when it comes to thermal issues with their 10nm. Their SuperFin = pushing 10nm hard with more power, don't seem to be working well in the mobile market. "Certain lifestyle company's" product still appears to be beating them left right center.

    And I agree with the rest, the numbers shown don't match up with the commentary.