Intel Core i7-10850H Review

High-end laptop processor released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.7GHz, max speed at 5.1GHz, and a 45W power rating. Core i7-10850H is based on the Comet Lake H 14nm family and part of the Core i7 series.
Price 49.4%
Speed 83%
Productivity 75%
Gaming 89%
Category Laptop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility BGA 1440
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 395 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 2.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 5.1 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5.1 GHz
Power Consumption 45 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 12 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 49.4 %
Speed Score 83 %
Productivity Score 75 %
Gaming Score 89 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 27.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 13.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 6.8 %
Overall Score 49/100

The Core i7-10850H is one of Intel's high-end Laptop processors. It was released in 2020 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.7GHz, max speed at 5.1GHz, and a 45W power rating. The Core i7-10850H is based on the Comet Lake H 14nm family and is part of the Core i7 series.

Core i7-10850H is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i7-9850H processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i7-10750H, the Core i7-10850H has higher base and Boost frequencies of 2.7 and 5.1 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Core i7-10750H's PPT tops out at 45W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i7-10850H at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

The Intel Core i7-10850H was rolled out on 2020 for $395, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Core i7-9850H. 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 i7-10850H 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 i7-10850H.

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 7 4800H as it comes with a better stock cooler, can be overclocked, and the FP6 platform offers a significantly better upgrade path.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i7-10850H processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i7-10850H up for $395 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i7-10850H 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.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, Intel also offers the Core i7-10750H at $360. It’s still outfitted with 6-cores and 12-threads, but clocks in at a slower 2.6GHz and maxes out at only 5GHz.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i7 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 89% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i7-10850H proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Core i7 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the high-end with its Core i7-10850H processors, which the company is making available as of 2020.