[Comparison] Intel Core i7-11800H vs Core i9-10980HK – The new hotshot goes against the Old Guard

The new Tiger Lake processors from Intel are really banging, coming out on top in a lot of our recent comparisons. Now, we have a real test, with the Core i9-10890HK, which is a top-tier processor, based on the older Comet Lake H architecture. Despite that, it can still boss around other newer chips, as the single-core performance of these older CPUs was through the roof. Let’s see if the new hotshot in town, the Core i7-11800H, can go ahead and defeat the so-called “king” of the old guard that is the Core i9-10980HK.

Here is our Top Laptop CPU Ranking, where you can check out the best performing processors.

Today we are comparing the Intel Core i7-11800H against the Core i9-10980HK.

You can learn more about both CPUs here: Intel Core i7-11800H / Core i9-10980HK

Specs table

Intel Core i7-11800H Intel Core i9-10980HK
Architecture Tiger Lake H45 Comet Lake H
Lithography 10 nm 14 nm
Base / Max frequency 2.30-4.60GHz 2.40-5.10GHz
Cores / Threads 8/16 8/16
Memory Type DDR4-3200MHz, LPDDR4x-4266MHz DDR4-2933MHz
Power Consumption 45W 45W
Cache 24MB 16MB
Integrated GPU Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 (32EU) Intel UHD Graphics 630

CPU benchmarks

In the 3D Rendering benchmark with Cinebench 20, the Core i7-11800H scored 43% higher, which is a massive improvement. Next on the list is the Photoshop benchmark, which tests the 2D Rendering capabilities of the processors. Here, the Core i7-11800H finished the benchmark first, with a lead of around 0.25 seconds, which is kind of negligible but still exists.

Results are from the Cinebench 20 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)

Results are from our Photoshop benchmark test (the lower the score, the better)


Conclusion

The power dynamic is shifting once again, this time in favor of Intel. The performance increases from one generation to the next is massive, especially in the 3D Rendering field, with the Core i7-11800H performing better than even some AMD Zen 3 chips, which are known for their multi-core performance, which is crucial in 3D Rendering. As the Core i9-10980HK was considered the crown jewel of Intel’s mobile chips, it is pretty expensive and not a good overall deal, unless you want the Core i9 name or you’re an absolute professional, but even there the Core i7 performs better. That said, both CPUs are absolute monsters and if you can find reasonably priced laptops with them, you should absolutely go for it.

The new architecture is miles ahead of the older one and despite the lower boost and base clock speeds of the Core i7-11800H, the 3D Rendering score speaks for itself.

All laptops with the Intel Core i7-11800H:


All laptops with the Intel Core i9-10980HK:

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