Intel Core i7-8850H Review

High-end laptop processor released in 2018 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 45W power rating. Core i7-8850H is based on the Coffee Lake 14nm family and part of the Core i7 series.
Price 49.4%
Speed 73%
Productivity 72%
Gaming 88%
Category Laptop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 1440
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2018 Model
Price 395 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 2.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.3 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.3 GHz
Power Consumption 45 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 9 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 49.4 %
Speed Score 73 %
Productivity Score 72 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 32 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 16 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 8 %
Overall Score 42/100

The Core i7-8850H is one of Intel's high-end Laptop processors. It was released in 2018 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 4.3GHz, and a 45W power rating. The Core i7-8850H is based on the Coffee Lake 14nm family and is part of the Core i7 series.

Core i7-8850H is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i7-8750H processor that was based on the Coffee Lake H and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

The Intel Core i7-8850H marks yet another blast from Team Intel, ramping up the intensity of the Intel vs AMD processor war. Still, though, there’s more than just core counts when it comes to a mainstream processor, as single-core performance needs to be on point, especially if you’re hoping to play the best PC games.

Now, we're asking ourselves whether or not the Intel Core i7-8850H finally dethrones the Ryzen 7 3780U as the de facto ruler of the mainstream processors. Ultimately, it depends: the Core i7-8850H doesn't reach the same single-core performance as AMD, but we're starting to see more games adopt multi-threaded CPUs, so that doesn't matter as much.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i7-8850H 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 i7-8850H.

Intel has been having some trouble as of late which has made it even harder to compete with the incoming wave of Ryzen 7 processors. That has forced the chip maker to be a little more creative and make do with their current product lines. Today we have the Intel Core i7-8850H on hand, which in itself isn’t anything new. It’s basically a refreshed Core i7-8750H with a clock speed boost. We say basically because it’s not a straight refresh however, there’s another change.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i7-8850H processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i7-8850H up for $395 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i7-8850H 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 i7 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 88% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i7-8850H 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.

There’s a saying that two heads are better than one and, well, 6-cores are better than 4. The extra processing power of the Core i7-8850H puts AMD’s processors to shame, including both its closest competitor and a much higher-spec part.