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.