Intel Core i9-10980HK vs Intel Core i7-9800X

Compare Intel 10th Generation Core i9 8 core CPU vs Intel Core X-series 8 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

78 %
2% slightly better overall score
76 %

Gaming Score

The raw gaming performance with a fast GPU

72 %
1% slightly better gaming score
71 %

Multitasking Score

Performance in workloads using up to 8 cores

81 %
3% slightly better multitasking score
78 %

Heavy Workload Score

Performance in workloads using up to 16 cores

83 %
7% slightly better heavy workload score
77 %

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Specifications

Cores

Number of physical processing units

8
Identical
8

Threads

Number of logical processing units

16
Identical
16

Clock Speed

Base frequency at which the chip operates

2 GHz
4 GHz
58% significantly higher clock speed

Turbo Speed

Higher frequency used for heavy workloads

5 GHz
20% slightly higher turbo speed
4 GHz

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the CPU

45 W
266% significantly lower TDP
165 W

PCIe Lanes

Number of physical connections between the CPU and expansion slots

16
44
175% significantly more pcie lanes

Memory Channels

Lanes for simultaneous memory access

2
4
100% significantly more memory channels

Supported Memory

Maximum amount of RAM supported by this CPU

128 GiB
Identical
128 GiB

L1 Cache

Smallest embedded memory, but the fastest

512 KiB
Identical
512 KiB

L3 Cache

General memory pool for all cores

16 MiB
220% significantly more L3 cache
5 MiB

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

124th of 1,326
132nd of 1,326

Family

The product line

10th Generation Core i9
Core X-series

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

May 2020
November 2018

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

DDR4-2933
DDR4-2666

Is Unlocked

Can this CPU can be overclocked

Yes
Yes

Supports ECC memory

Does this CPU support error correcting memory

No
No

Core i9-10980HK vs Core i7-9800X comparison

In our benchmarks, the Core i9-10980HK beats the Core i7-9800X in overall performance. Furthermore, our gaming benchmark shows that it also outperforms the Core i7-9800X in all gaming tests too.

When comparing these CPUs we notice that they have the same number of cores and the same number of threads.

Our database shows that the Core i7-9800X has a significantly higher clock speed than the Core i9-10980HK. Despite this, the Core i9-10980HK has a slightly higher turbo speed.

A Core i9-10980HK CPU outputs less heat than a Core i7-9800X CPU because of its significantly lower TDP. This measures the amount of heat they output and can be used to estimate power consumption.

In conclusion, all specs and CPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the Core i9-10980HK over the Core i7-9800X.

CPU comparison

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CPU rating

Our CPU rating is split into 4 categories: Overall, Gaming, Multitasking and Heavy Workloads. The overall score accesses performance using all CPU cores, gaming prioritises the first six cores, multitasking takes the first eight cores into account and finally heavy workloads are measured using a sixteen-core baseline.

Processor specifications

The more cores a CPU has, the better the overall performance will be in parallel workloads such as multitasking. Many CPUs have more threads than cores, this means that each physical core is split into multiple logical cores, making them more efficient. Indeed, the Core i9-10980HK has more threads than cores. Each physical core is split into multiple threads.

Clock speed and Turbo speed are important when comparing per core performance, generally the higher, the better. A higher clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a processor is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the CPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance.

Cache is very fast memory built into the processor. It stores what the CPU is currently working on and anything that doesn't fit is sent to the main system memory, which is slower but more plentiful. It is split into three levels, with Level 1 being the fastest and Level 3 being the slowest. More CPU cache is desirable for high-performance scenarios.

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