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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 9 5980HS 8-Core 3.0GHz Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz
Halo Infinite Multiplayer 47% 32%
Battlefield 2042 47% 32%
Far Cry 6 40% 23%
Grand Theft Auto VI 37% 20%
Farming Simulator 22 58% 46%
Resident Evil 8 26% 6%
Battlefield 6 47% 32%
Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance 33% 14%
Forza Horizon 5 62% 51%
Days Gone 57% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS 8-Core 3.0GHz is massively better than the Intel Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz 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 Ryzen 9 5980HS was released over a year more recently than the Core i9-9880H 8-Core, and so the Ryzen 9 5980HS is likely to have better levels of support, and will be more optimized for 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 Ryzen 9 5980HS and the Core i9-9880H 8-Core both have 8 cores. Games are not yet able to harness this many cores, so it is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games; however, if you intend on running a server with this CPU, it would seem to be a decent choice.

Both the AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS 8-Core 3.0GHz and the Intel Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz have the same number of threads. Both the Ryzen 9 5980HS and the Core i9-9880H 8-Core use hyperthreading. The Ryzen 9 5980HS has 2 logical threads per physical core and the Core i9-9880H 8-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 Ryzen 9 5980HS and Core i9-9880H 8-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 Ryzen 9 5980HS has a 0.7 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 probably a good indicator that the is superior.

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 Ryzen 9 5980HS has a 4096 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i9-9880H 8-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i9-9880H 8-Core that has a 16364 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen 9 5980HS. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Ryzen 9 5980HS 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.

The Ryzen 9 5980HS has a 10 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Core i9-9880H 8-Core, and was created with a 7 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Ryzen 9 5980HS will consume slightly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill slightly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i9-9880H 8-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Ryzen 9 5980HS, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the Intel UHD Graphics 630, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

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 CodenameZen 3Coffee Lake R
MoBo SocketSocket AM4FCBGA 1440
Notebook CPUyesyes
Release Date12 Jan 202123 Apr 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores8vs8
CPU Threads16vs16
Clock Speed3 GHzvs2.3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.8 GHzvs4.7 GHz
Max TDP35 Wvs45 W
Lithography7 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs100°C
Virtualization Technologynovsno

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size768 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size6144 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size20 MBvs16384 MB
Max Memory Size-vs64 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno

CPU Graphics

GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency-vs-
Max GPU Frequency-vs-
Displays Supported-vs-

CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs42 mm x 28 mm x 1.49 mm
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

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CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 9 5980HS is a top-end laptop CPU based on AMD's 7nm+ Zen 3 microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 4.8GHz using Precision Boost. It has 20MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 35W. This makes the Ryzen 9 5980HS a mobile CPU, although this is in-line with the high core count. Among its many features are Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFR), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled.The Intel Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz is a high-end CPU based on Intel's 14nm Coffee Lake refresh microarchitecture. It offers 8 physical cores (16 logical), initially clocked at 2.3GHz, which may go up to 4.7GHz using Turbo Boost. It does not feature an unlocked multiplier and therefore cannot be overclocked using traditional methods. 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 1.2GHz. Video memory will depend on the amount of RAM paired with CPU but the maximum limit is 64GB.