Intel Core i7-4860HQ vs Intel Core i7-980X

Compare Intel 4th Generation Core i7 4 core CPU vs Intel Core 6 core processor, specs and benchmark score. Which is the better CPU for gaming?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

A combined score of all workloads

31 %
31 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

43 %
26% slightly better gaming score
34 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

27 %
30 %
11% slightly better multitasking score

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

26 %
29 %
11% slightly better heavy workload score

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (multi) score

Multi threaded benchmark

10% slightly higher Geekbench (multi) score

Geekbench (single) score

Single threaded benchmark

25% slightly higher Geekbench (single) score



Number of physical processing units

49% significantly more cores


Number of logical processing units

49% significantly more threads

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
3 GHz
38% slightly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

4 GHz
4 GHz


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

47 W
176% significantly lower TDP
130 W

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

49% significantly more memory channels

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

32 GiB
33% slightly more supported memory
24 GiB

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

572nd of 1,335
576th of 1,335


The product line

4th Generation Core i7

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

February 2014
February 2010

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory


Core i7-4860HQ vs Core i7-980X comparison

Our benchmark analysis concludes that the Core i7-4860HQ performs better than the Core i7-980X. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-980X in all gaming tests too.

In terms of the number of cores of each of these CPUs, the Core i7-980X has significantly more cores than the Core i7-4860HQ. Indeed, the Core i7-980X has 6 cores compared to 4 cores found in the Core i7-4860HQ. It also has more threads than the Core i7-4860HQ. Our comparison shows that the Core i7-980X has a slightly higher clock speed compared to the Core i7-4860HQ. In addition, both chips have the same turbo speed. A Core i7-4860HQ CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-980X CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

Most CPUs have more threads than cores. This technology, colloquially called hyperthreading, improves performance by splitting a core into multiple virtual ones. This provides more efficient utilisation of a core. Indeed, the Core i7-4860HQ has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.


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