The Intel Core i7-10870H is a high-end processor launched in the third quarter of 2021. The Core i7-10870H packs eight cores based on the Comet Lake H architecture that can simultaneously process 16 threads because of hyper-threading support, with a base clock of 2.2 GHz and a maximum boost frequency of 5.0 GHz. The processor also comes with an integrated Intel UHD 630 graphics which clocks up to 1.2GHz with a base frequency of 350MHz. This processor has a locked multiplier, however, one can still adjust the base clock to get the desired performance.
Like many Comet Lake-H processors, this chip is compatible with a dual-channel DDR4-2933 memory controller that can support up to 128GB memory size, PCIe 3.0 connectivity with a maximum of 16 lanes coming in different variations, 16MB of L3 memory, and supports the FCBGA1440 socket. All this is built on Intel’s 14nm processor technology with a default TDP of 45W which can be set as low as 35W explaining why it is intended for big laptops; with better and efficient cooling systems.
The overall performance of the Core i7-10870H is quite poor when compared to AMD Ryzen 7 5800H. However, it can provide better processing power for high-quality applications, including video rendering and real-time content creation when equipped with better graphics. Although the Core i7-10870H boasts key advantages like having a 0.7GHz higher turbo boost frequency, supporting 128 GB DDR4-2933 RAM, and consuming 17% less power than Ryzen 7 5800H, the fact that Ryzen 7 5800H is based on the 7nm TSMC’s process node makes this Intel chip less attractive to most enthusiasts who would rather go with AMD.
These key advantages should, however, translate into a performance that is decent overall and won’t be too far off when compared to the Comet lake H series of processors like Intel Core i7-10750H and Core i7-10850H. Overall, the Core i7-10870H should make for a good all-round laptop processor. It could be particularly interesting for those who want to do some video rendering and other intensive tasks like transcoding or content creation.