Intel Core i9-10980HK Review

Enthusiast Laptop processor released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 2.4GHz, max speed at 5.3GHz, and a 45W power rating. Core i9-10980HK is based on the Comet Lake H 14nm family and part of the Core i9 series.
Price 46.1%
Speed 85%
Productivity 82%
Gaming 91%
Category Laptop
Target enthusiast
Socket Compatibility BGA 1440
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2020 Model
Price 580 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 16 Threads
Core Frequency 2.4 GHz
Boost Frequency 5.3 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5.3 GHz
Power Consumption 45 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 16 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 46.1 %
Speed Score 85 %
Productivity Score 82 %
Gaming Score 91 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 24 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 12 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 6 %
Overall Score 52/100

The Core i9-10980HK is one of Intel's enthusiast Laptop processors. It was released in 2020 with 8 cores and 16 threads. With base clock at 2.4GHz, max speed at 5.3GHz, and a 45W power rating. The Core i9-10980HK is based on the Comet Lake H 14nm family and is part of the Core i9 series.

Core i9-10980HK is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i9-9980HK processor that was based on the Coffee Lake Refresh and 14nm process and was released in 2019.

The Intel Core i9-10980HK is an absolute behemoth of a processor, as it absolutely should be with its 8 cores, 16 threads and high price tag. If you’re looking for the absolute best processor money can buy on a mainstream processor, then look no further. Whether you’re playing PC games or even doing hardcore video and 3D work, the Intel Core i9-10980HK can handle them with ease.

As the higher-priced version of the Core i9-10875H, the Core i9-10980HK has higher base and Boost frequencies of 2.4 and 5.3 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 i9-10875H's PPT tops out at 45W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Core i9-10980HK 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 i9-10980HK was rolled out on 2020 for $580, which puts it in the same general price range as the last-generation Core i9-9980HK. 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 i9-10980HK 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 i9-10980HK.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i9-10980HK processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i9-10980HK up for $580 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i9-10980HK 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 i9-10875H at $550. It’s still outfitted with 8-cores and 16-threads, but clocks in at a slower 2.3GHz and maxes out at only 5.1GHz.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i9 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 91% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i9-10980HK 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 i9 CPUs, Intel's attack on AMD now extends down into the enthusiast with its Core i9-10980HK processors, which the company is making available as of 2020.

Which GPU to Pick for Intel Core i9-10980HK

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the Intel Core i9-10980HK.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 6.4 234.2 FPS
200.2 FPS
127.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 3.4 204.1 FPS
174.4 FPS
111.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 3.2 156.1 FPS
133.5 FPS
85 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 17.4 143.4 FPS
126.5 FPS
81.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 9.3 139.6 FPS
123.2 FPS
79 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 5.5 126.7 FPS
110.7 FPS
70.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 24.7 121.4 FPS
107.2 FPS
70.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 5.8 119.7 FPS
103.5 FPS
65.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 6.8 112.2 FPS
98.8 FPS
63 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 4.5 111.6 FPS
95.3 FPS
60.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 10.9 110 FPS
95.3 FPS
62.1 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 6.4 110 FPS
94.6 FPS
59.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 3.7 107.2 FPS
92.1 FPS
57.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 4.7 105.7 FPS
89.1 FPS
57.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 4 100.1 FPS
82.9 FPS
52.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 3.6 98.2 FPS
84.5 FPS
52.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 5.2 95.3 FPS
80.8 FPS
50.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 3.7 94.2 FPS
76.3 FPS
47.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 3 92.6 FPS
79 FPS
49.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 16.8 89.3 FPS
74.6 FPS
49.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 5.6 89.1 FPS
76.7 FPS
47.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 4.6 88.3 FPS
74.8 FPS
46.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 11.6 85.9 FPS
71.9 FPS
45 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 3.3 84 FPS
71.2 FPS
44.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 4.8 83.5 FPS
71.7 FPS
44.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 4.9 81.3 FPS
68.2 FPS
42.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 2.9 79.2 FPS
67.2 FPS
42.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 8.7 74.7 FPS
63 FPS
39.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 2.9 74.6 FPS
63.2 FPS
39.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 3.9 70.8 FPS
58.2 FPS
35.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 9.6 67.9 FPS
59.8 FPS
38.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 2.5 64.9 FPS
54.9 FPS
34.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 3.1 64.3 FPS
52.9 FPS
32.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 8.6 64.1 FPS
53.4 FPS
33.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 3.7 62.7 FPS
51.5 FPS
31.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 10.5 61.7 FPS
53.5 FPS
34.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 16.7 59.9 FPS
49.5 FPS
32.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 9.4 58.4 FPS
50.4 FPS
31.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 4.4 58.2 FPS
48.2 FPS
30.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 2.9 57.7 FPS
47.5 FPS
28.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 7.6 56.2 FPS
48.3 FPS
30.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 3.1 55.2 FPS
45.9 FPS
28.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 6.1 54.3 FPS
44.6 FPS
29 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 7.6 52.8 FPS
45 FPS
28.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 6.3 52.4 FPS
44.1 FPS
26.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 3.3 51.8 FPS
43.5 FPS
26.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 3 49.5 FPS
41.6 FPS
25.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 3.9 46.2 FPS
39 FPS
24.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 5.9 38.8 FPS
32.5 FPS
20.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 7.1 34.9 FPS
29.2 FPS
17.5 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 5.8 34.6 FPS
28.9 FPS
17.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 5 34.1 FPS
28.6 FPS
17.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 8.3 33.8 FPS
28.6 FPS
16.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 6 33.4 FPS
27.8 FPS
17.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 5.8 29 FPS
24.2 FPS
14.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 3.7 26.9 FPS
22.1 FPS
13.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 6 26.3 FPS
21.6 FPS
13.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.8 FPS
20.3 FPS
13.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 5.8 25.7 FPS
19.7 FPS
12.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 5.9 23.7 FPS
19.6 FPS
12.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 6.5 22.9 FPS
16.8 FPS
10.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 4.2 18.7 FPS
15.5 FPS
9.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 4.4 17.9 FPS
14.8 FPS
8.8 FPS
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