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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Coffee Lake HR Haswell
MoBo Socket BGA 1440 Socket G3 / rPGA946B / rPGA947
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 23 Apr 2019 19 Jan 2014
CPU Link GD Link GD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 8 4
CPU Threads 16 8
Clock Speed 2.4 GHz 2.8 GHz
Turbo Frequency 4.9GHz 3.8 GHz
Max TDP 45 W 47 W
Lithography 14 nm 22 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 100°C 100°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 512 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache Size 2048 KB 1024 KB
L3 Cache Size 16 MB 6 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 128 GB 32 GB
Memory Channels 2 2
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no
Base GPU Frequency - -
Max GPU Frequency - -
DirectX - -
Displays Supported - -

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review The Intel Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 14nm Coffee Lake refresh microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 2.4GHz, which may go up to 4.9GHz using Turbo Boost. It features an unlocked multiplier and can therefore be overclocked using traditional methods. However, this is not recommended due to limited dissipation in laptops. It has 16MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. It also has 2MB L2 cache and 512KB L1 cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 128GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 45W (including the onboard GPU). It is a fairly power efficient processor. Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated are enabled. It features Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated GPU with 350MHz base clock and turbo boost frequency of 1.25GHz. Video memory will depend on the amount of RAM paired with CPU but the maximum limit is 64GB. Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz is a high-end mobile processor based on the 22nm, Haswell microarchitecture. <br/> <br/> It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 2.8GHz, which may go up to 3.8GHz and 6MB of L3 Cache. <br/> Among its many features, <b>HyperThreading, Turbo Boost and Virtualization</b> are activated. <br/> <br/> The processor integrates powerful Graphics called <b>Intel HD Graphics 4600</b>, with 20 Execution Units, initially clocked at 400MHz and that go up to 1300MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor. <br/> Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 57W. <br/> <br/> Its performance is exceptional. Therefore, it can be paired with even the most powerful dedicated graphics.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

Both the Core i9-9980HK 8-Core 2.4GHz and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The 8 has 4 more cores than the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The 4 cores in the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the 8, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Core i9-9980HK 8-Core has 8 more threads than the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core. Both the Core i9-9980HK 8-Core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i9-9980HK 8-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core has 2.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i9-9980HK 8-Core and Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core has a 0.4 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the 8.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The <span class='gpu1Mention'>Core i9-9980HK 8-Core</span> has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core</span>, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.