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.