Last time we checked how the first addition to the 8th gen Intel Core i9 family – the Core i9-8950HK performs compared to the high-end Intel Core i7-7920HQ. It is now time to conclude this group of articles by juxtaposing the former with the high-end Intel Core i7-7700HQ.
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For starters, the Core i9-8950HK is the first Core i9 member of mobile Intel CPUs and is based on the Coffee Lake architecture featuring a total of 6 cores. Utilized through a 14 nm manufacturing process, the chip supports the HyperThreading technology that allows it to execute 12 sets of instructions simultaneously. Furthermore, Core i9-8950HK is unlocked for overclocking and ticks at base frequencies of up to 2.9 GHz and a 4.8 GHz turbo speed. You are also presented with 12 MB L3 cache, dual-channel DDR4-2666 RAM, and 45 W TDP. As for the integrated GPU, the available Intel UHD Graphics 630 offers clock speeds between 350 MHz and 1200 MHz.
Moving on, the Intel Core i7-7700HQ is part of Intel’s Kaby Lake generation processors manufactured through a 14nm node. Featuring 4 cores and 8 threads, the chip ticks at 2.8 GHz base clock speeds and 3.8 GHz maximum frequencies. Other specifications include support of the Hyper-Threading technology, 6MB cache, dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM, and 45W TDP. When it comes to the graphics department, the processor incorporates the integrated Intel HD Graphics 630 clocked at 300 – 1100 MHz.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
Now let’s see how the two opponents perform in our benchmark tests. When it comes to 3D rendering (tested with Cinebench 15), Intel Core i9-8950HK manages to surpass its rival with around 44%, and it also scores a 69% better result in the Adobe Photoshop test. In addition, the 8th gen processor shows 11% better performance in our raw synthetic benchmarks (tested with Fritz).
In a nutshell, if we judge by the benchmark results scored by the two processors, the Intel Core i9-8950HK seems the better choice compared to its 7th gen rival.