Intel Core i5-10300H Review

Mid-range laptop processor released in 2020 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 2.5GHz, max speed at 4.5GHz, and a 45W power rating. Core i5-10300H is based on the Comet Lake H 14nm family and part of the Core i5 series.
Price 50.5%
Speed 75%
Productivity 63%
Gaming 88%
Category Laptop
Target mid-range
Socket Compatibility BGA 1440
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 250 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 2.5 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.5 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.5 GHz
Power Consumption 45 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 50.5 %
Speed Score 75 %
Productivity Score 63 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 31.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 15.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 7.8 %
Overall Score 43/100

The Core i5-10300H is one of Intel's mid-range Laptop processors. It was released in 2020 with 4 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 2.5GHz, max speed at 4.5GHz, and a 45W power rating. The Core i5-10300H is based on the Comet Lake H 14nm family and is part of the Core i5 series.

Core i5-10300H is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i5-9300H processor that was based on the Coffee Lake and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

In our mind, the best processors are the ones that deliver outstanding performance at a reasonable price point. And, the Core i5-10300H absolutely nails this concept.

The Intel Core i5-10300H was rolled out on 2020 for $250, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Core i5-9300H. This means that at least we're not seeing any considerable price jumps from generation to generation.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i5-10300H is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i5-10300H.

The Intel Core i5-10300H is another impressive release from Intel and its 10 Generation of Core i5 chips. With it, you’re getting 4-cores and 8-threads, with a boost clock of 4.5GHz. It may not be the strongest contender ever made on paper, but when you see and feel the actual performance gains it offers, you’re certainly getting a lot of bang for your $250 buck.

So which should you buy? Let's get that out of the way. Before this comparison review we updated our Best CPU feature and we said you should go with the Ryzen 5 4600H as it comes with a better stock cooler, can be overclocked, and the FP6 platform offers a significantly better upgrade path.

If you're mostly playing games on your PC, you will be happy buying either processor. Both proved to be solid options and are evenly matched with a slight advantage to the AMD chip if you don't tune up the Ryzen 5 processor. The base performance we showed for the Core i5-10300H can be achieved with $90 memory, while the Ryzen 5 4600H will require $110 - $120 memory in order to enable the frame rates shown here. It’s not a big cost difference and right now with anything less than an RTX 2070 or Vega 64 you’ll more than likely become GPU limited.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i5-10300H processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i5-10300H up for $250 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i5-10300H retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 45W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i5 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 88% in our benchmarks.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i5 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the mid-range with its Core i5-10300H processors, which the company is making available as of 2020.