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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz Core i7-10810U 6-Core 1.10GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 52% 10%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 21%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 53% 13%
FIFA 21 55% 16%
Grand Theft Auto VI 20% 48%
Far Cry 6 24% 42%
Genshin Impact 63% 32%
Hitman 3 35% 21%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 21%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 25% 40%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i7-10810U 6-Core 1.10GHz 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 i7-10810U 6-Core 1.10GHz 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 Core i9-10980HK 8-Core has 2 more cores than the Core i7-10810U 6-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 cores in the Core i7-10810U 6-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core, it would seem to be a decent choice.

The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core has 4 more threads than the Core i7-10810U 6-Core. Both the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core and the Core i7-10810U 6-Core use hyperthreading. The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i7-10810U 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 i9-10980HK 8-Core and the Core i7-10810U 6-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 1.3 GHz faster base clock rate, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core manages to provide massively better performance than the Core i7-10810U 6-Core. What is more, the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core also manages to eke 0.4 GHz higher frequency when being stressed by CPU-intensive applications.

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.

The Core i7-10810U 6-Core has a 30 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i9-10980HK 8-Core (though they were created with the same size 14 nm manufacturing technology). What this means is the Core i7-10810U 6-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i9-10980HK 8-Core and the Core i7-10810U 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 Codename--
MoBo SocketFCBGA1440FCBGA1440
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date04 Feb 202004 Feb 2020
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs6
CPU Threads16vs12
Clock Speed2.4 GHzvs1.1 GHz
Turbo Frequency5.3 GHzvs4.9 GHz
Max TDP45 Wvs15 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature100°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

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L3 Cache Size16 MBvs12 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630Intel UHD Graphics 630
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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe 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 i7-10810U 6-Core 1.10GHz is a CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Comet Lake-S microarchitecture. It offers 6 physical cores (12 logical), initially clocked at 1.10 GHz, which may go up to 4.90 GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The Core i7-10810U has 12MB of L3 Cache.