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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename - -
MoBo Socket FCBGA1440 FCBGA1440
Notebook CPU yes yes
Release Date 04 Feb 2020 04 Feb 2020
CPU Link GD Link GD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores 8 4
CPU Threads 16 8
Clock Speed 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency 5.3GHz 4.1 GHz
Max TDP 45 W 28 W
Lithography 14 nm 10 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit 64 Bit
Max Temperature 100°C 100°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size - -
L2 Cache Size - -
L3 Cache Size 16 MB 8 MB
Memory Types
Max Memory Size 128 GB 64 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 Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 2.40 GHz, which may go up to 5.30 GHz using 8 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i9-10980HK has 16MB of L3 Cache. The Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core 2.30GHz is a CPU based on a 10nm microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (8 logical), initially clocked at 2.30 GHz, which may go up to 4.10 GHz using 4 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i7-1068NG7 has 8MB of L3 Cache.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core 2.30GHz 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 i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz and the Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core 2.30GHz 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 i7-1068NG7 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 i7-1068NG7 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 i9-10980HK 8-Core has 8 more threads than the Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core. Both the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core and the Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-1068NG7 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 i9-10980HK 8-Core and the Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core are from the same family of CPUs, and thus their clock speeds are directly comparable. With this in mind, it is safe to say that with a 0.1 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core manages to provide marginally better performance than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Core i7-1068NG7 4-Core</span>.

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 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.