The Intel Core i9-10980HK is a high-end laptop processor launched in the second quarter of 2020. The processor packs 8 cores that support hyper-threading technology, processing up to 16 threads. Just like Intel Core i9-10885H, this chip performs well when it comes to multitasking or when handling intensive workloads such as video rendering and hard-core gaming on a laptop. The processor’s design is based on Intel’s 14nm++ process node technology and can reach up to 5.3GHz in Turbo Boost mode with a base frequency of 2.4GHz operating at 45W of thermal design power (TDP) operating at a maximum temperature of 100oC on the chip’s die.
The chip features Intel’s Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 Frequency which identifies the best performing core(s). Besides, it has an unlocked multiplier which enables the user to increase the core performance of the chip by increasing the core frequency as needed by taking advantage of the thermal headroom.
It’s important to note that Intel specifies a nominal TDP of 45W for its Intel Core i9 processors which would literally mean these chips are intended for big laptops that are equipped with efficient cooling systems (including gaming laptops) which demand a high power consumption for better performance. The TDP, however, can be configured up to 65W with a cTDP-up frequency of 3.10GHz which means an increased processor performance.
This CPU comes with the integrated UHD Graphics 630 GPU supporting up to three displays, therefore, it cannot be used for Nvidia RTX ray-tracing or AMD Vega dedicated graphics. The graphics operate at a base frequency of 350MHz that turbo boost up to 1.25GHz for optimal performance. The UHD Graphics 630 can support up to 4K displays at 60Hz at high-quality settings which mostly benefits from the fast dual-channel DDR4-2933.
With regards to cache configuration, this chip has 16MB of Intel Smart cache on its die. It boasts a bus speed of 8 GT/s with a PCI Express version 4.0 connection with a maximum number of 16 lanes. It is also worth noting that the chip supports PCIe configurations of up to 1×16, 2×8, 1×8+2×4. On the other hand, the processor features a dual memory DDR4-2933 channel configuration that can support a maximum of 128GB of memory (RAM) size with a max memory bandwidth of 45.8GB/s. It’s important to note that this chipset offers no support for ECC memory which is a type of system memory that can detect and correct common kinds of internal data corruption.