The high-end i9-10980HK, which is the successor to the current Core i9-9980HK mobile processor, is reportedly based on the Comet Lake microarchitecture. However, the 14nm chip should retain the majority of the characteristics of its Coffee Lake predecessor, with upgrades mostly coming in the form of improved clock speeds (opens in new tab).
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The Geekbench 4 listing (opens in new tab) shows the i9-10980HK with an eight-core, 16-thread configuration with 16MB of L3 cache (opens in new tab), just like the i9-9980HK . The octa-core chip reportedly runs with a 3.1 GHz base clock (opens in new tab), approximately 29.2% higher than that of the i9-9980HK. The boost clock improvement isn't as impressive, though. According to the entry, the i9-10980HK boosts up to 5.27 GHz, which is only 270 MHz or 5.4% faster than the i9-9980HK.
Intel Core 10980HK Specs
|Model||Cores / Threads||Base / Boost Clock (GHz)||L3 Cache (MB)||TDP (W)|
|Intel Core i9-10980HK*||8 / 16||3.10 / 5.27||16||45|
|Intel Core i9-9980HK||8 / 16||2.40 / 5.00||16||45|
|AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS*||8 / 16||3.00 / 4.40||8||35|
|AMD Ryzen 9 4900H*||8 / 16||3.00 / 4.40||8||45|
|AMD Ryzen 7 4800H||8 / 16||2.90 / 4.20||8||45|
*Specifications are not confirmed.
The i9-9980HK conforms to a 45W TDP (thermal design power), so it's only natural to expect the i9-10980HK to do the same. Comet Lake desktop chips (opens in new tab) are rumored to feature a higher TDP in comparison to their successors due to the increase in core count. In the i9-10980HK's case, the chip doesn't come with more cores than its predecessor; however, the faster clock speeds should make it run a bit hotter than the i9-9980HK.
The i9-10980HK as with the Ryzen 7 4800H and Ryzen 9 4900H haven't officially launched yet. Until we get reviews of the processors, take these early performance numbers with a grain of salt.
The i9-10980HK reportedly scored 6,321 and 32,038 points in Geekbench 4's single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. A Ryzen 7 4800H Geekbench entry (opens in new tab) from last week shows the octa-core chip putting up 5,228 single-core and 31,614 multi-core scores. This would mean the i9-10980HK has the advantage in single-thread performance by 20.9%. The performance difference in multi-threaded performance is only a mere 1.3%.
While the i9-10980HK appears to beat the Ryzen 7 4800H, AMD still has the Ryzen 9 4900H up its sleeves. Sadly, neither the Ryzen 9 4900H nor Ryzen 9 4900HS (opens in new tab), (an Asus-exclusive, according to AnandTech (opens in new tab)), have appeared in Geekbench's database, so a direct comparison isn't available yet.