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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-9850H 6-Core 2.6GHz Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz
Red Dead Redemption 2 33% 1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 26%
Halo: Reach 72% 59%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 26% 10%
FIFA 20 52% 29%
Borderlands 3 33% 1%
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 16%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 33% 1%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 33% 1%
eFootball PES 2020 45% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i7-9850H 6-Core 2.6GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz 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.

The Core i7-8750H 6-Core was released less than a year after the Core i7-9850H 6-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

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 Core i7-9850H 6-Core and the Core i7-8750H 6-Core both have 6 cores, which is not likely to be a limiting factor for gaming.

Both the Intel Core i7-9850H 6-Core 2.6GHz and the Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Core i7-9850H 6-Core and the Core i7-8750H 6-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i7-9850H 6-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-8750H 6-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 i7-9850H 6-Core and Core i7-8750H 6-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 i7-9850H 6-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 .

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 Core i7-8750H 6-Core has a 1521 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-9850H 6-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i7-9850H 6-Core that has a 12279 MB bigger L3 cache than the Core i7-8750H 6-Core. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Core i7-8750H 6-Core is likely superior in this area.

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.

Both the Core i7-9850H 6-Core and the Core i7-8750H 6-Core have the same TDP of 45 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Core i7-9850H 6-Core and the Core i7-8750H 6-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameCoffee Lake RCoffee Lake
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440FCBGA1140
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date30 Nov -000103 Apr 2018
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores6vs6
CPU Threads12vs12
Clock Speed2.6 GHzvs2.2 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.6 GHzvs4.2 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs45 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
Comparison

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size384 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size15 KBvs1536 KB
L3 Cache Size12288 MBvs9 MB
Max Memory Size-vs-
Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
DirectX-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size42 mm x 28 mm x 1.49 mmvs-
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Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Intel Core i7-9850H 6-Core 2.6GHz is a high-end performance mobile CPU based on Intel's 14nm Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 2.6GHz, which may go up to 4.4GHz using Turbo Boost. It doesn't feature an unlocked multiplier, therefore it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 12MB 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 1.5MB L2 cache and 384KB L1 cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. 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 1.15GHz. Video memory will depend on the amount of RAM paired with CPU but the maximum limit is 64GB.The Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 14nm Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 2.2GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz using Turbo Boost. It doesn't feature an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can't be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 9MB 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 1.5MB L2 cache and 384KB L1 cache. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 45W (including the onboard GPU). It is a fairly power efficient processor. Among the Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz's many features are 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 1.15GHz. Video memory will depend on the amount of RAM paired with CPU but the maximum limit is 64GB.

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