Published on April 4th, 2020 | by Andrew Bistak

Intel launches “Comet Lake H” mobile processors, the fastest mobile processor in the world

Today, Intel breaks beyond the 5GHz barrier for laptops with the launch of the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ H-series mobile processors. Headlined by the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK[i] processor, the H-series delivers desktop-calibre performance that gamers and creators can take anywhere.

“Today’s introduction of the 10th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile platform extends Intel’s gaming leadership, delivering desktop-calibre performance in a mobile form factor and breadth of choice with more than 100 laptop designs launching this year, including more than 30 thin-and-light systems. The new platform is optimised for enthusiasts and creators by delivering the fastest frequency in the industry with 5GHz across the majority of the volume which will deliver amazing gameplay and rich creation for users. – Fredrik Hamberger, general manager of the premium and gaming laptop segments at Intel

Why It’s Important: Gamers are moving increasingly toward mobile systems and they care about the flexibility of gaming where they want as much as they do the raw performance of their systems, ranking processor speed in their top 3 most important features[ii]. Packed with incredible performance typically only available from desktops, 10th Gen Intel Core laptop processors deliver faster performance with up to 5.3 GHz[iii] Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads to enable immersive gaming experiences with amazing responsiveness and consistent in-game performance. Games and applications continue to depend on high-frequency cores and Intel is pushing the frequency envelope to achieve lower latency and deliver the best PC gaming experience on a laptop.

More about the Fastest Mobile Processor[iv]: At the top of the stack is the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK, featuring unparalleled performance across the board with up to 5.3GHz Turbo, eight cores, 16 threads and 16 MB of Intel® Smart Cache. The unlocked 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor powers the ultimate laptops for gamers and creators, allowing further customisation, optimisation and tuning of the CPU’s performance.[v]

Compared with a three-year-old system, the i9-10980HK delivers:

  • Up to 54% more frames per second in gaming[vi] for even better playability across top titles
  • Up to 44% better overall performance[vii] for faster, more responsive productivity users can feel
  • Up to two times faster 4K video rendering[viii] and export[ix] making it faster and easier to create and share

The 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor with up to 5.0GHziii Turbo is purpose built for enthusiast gamers and creators demanding optimised performance. Compared with a three-year-old system, i7-10750H delivers:

  • Up to 44 per cent more frames per second in gaming[x]
  • Up to 33 per cent better overall performance[xi]
  • Up to 70 per cent faster 4K video exporting[xii]

The 10th Gen launch also introduces the new Intel Core i7-10875H, featuring up to 5.1GHziii Turbo, eight cores and 16 threads for the growing creator segments, enthusiast  gamers that also enjoy creation, and other demanding multi-taskers.

Optimised for Amazing Gaming: Engineered in collaboration with leading PC manufacturers, more than 30 thin and light systems measuring 20mm or less in thickness and 100 designs across consumer, commercial and workstation segments will launch this year. Intel also optimises laptops with PC makers to support the latest technologies, including:

  • Integrated Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (Gig+) supports nearly three times faster downloads[xiii] for high-speed, low-latency wireless performance[xiv]
  • Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0​
  • Intel® Adaptix™ Dynamic Tuning Technology and Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility for intelligent performance tuning
  • Intel® Speed Optimiser[xv]delivers simple one-click method to overclocki​
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 support with four times more bandwidth than USB 3.1 to move rich media content and connect to two 4K displays with ease

·         Intel® Optane™ memory support[xvi] accelerates game launch and load[xvii]

[i] Warning: Altering PC clock or memory frequency and/or voltage may (i) reduce system stability and use life of the system, memory and processor; (ii) cause the processor and other system components to fail; (iii) cause reductions in system performance; (iv) cause additional heat or other damage; and (v) affect system data integrity. Intel assumes no responsibility that the memory, included if used with altered clock frequencies and/or voltages, will be fit for any particular purpose. Check with memory manufacturer for warranty and additional details.

[ii] Source: Intel GIA Laptop Buyer Study Q1’20 | Q: Before you purchased this [device], what features were important in deciding which device to buy?

[iii] Includes the effect of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB), a feature that opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency above single-core and multi-core Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequencies based on how much the processor is operating below its maximum temperature and whether turbo power budget is available. The frequency gain and duration is dependent on the workload, capabilities of the processor and the processor cooling solution.

[iv] Based on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK’s highest achievable max turbo frequency of 5.3GHz, exceeding all other mobile products available as of April 2020. Includes use of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost. User experience varies with workload

[v] (Unlocked) Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance.  Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications.  Check with the manufacturers of system and components for additional details

[vi] As measured by Red Dead Redemption 2 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7920HQ

[vii] As measured by SYSMark*2018 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

[viii] As measured by Blender RUG 1013 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

[ix] As measured by Power Director 4K video export workload RUG 1006 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

[x] As measured by Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on Intel® Core™ i7-10750H vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

[xi] As measured by Power Director 4K video export workload RUG 1006 on Intel® Core™ i7-10750H vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

[xii] As measured by SYSMark*2018 on Intel® Core™ i7-10750H vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

[xiii] Nearly 3X Faster:  ~3X Faster: Intel Wi-Fi 6 claims are based on internal Intel testing at 3M distance with Wi-Fi 6 (160MHz) average throughput of 1521Mbps verses 802.11ac (80MHz) average throughput of 541 for an improvement of 2.8X.  Testing at a range of 68M yields a 4.2X improvement from 102Mbps average throughput for 802.11ac (80MHz) to 432Mbps average throughput for Wi-Fi 6 (160MHz). Throughput measured in Intel lab with a Dell* Latitude 5491 running Windows 10* on a rotating table (1 revolution per minute) taking the average throughput over multiple tests. Access points used were Asus* AX88U FW: (Wi-Fi 6) and Asus* AC66U FW:  Wi-Fi 6 improvements requires use of similarly configured Wi-Fi 6 network routers

[xiv] Intel® WiFi 6 AX201 requires specific hardware configurations

[xv] Features only available on select SKUs

[xvi] As measured by SYSMark*2018 on Intel® Core™ i9-10980HK vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK

[xvii]Intel® Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration. Visit www.intel.com/OptaneMemory for configuration requirements.

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When he's not trying to save the world, Andrew enjoys travel (although loathes turbulence), going to the movies, reading and being a dad to his two dogs (and now twins) with his wife.

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