Intel appears to be working on an octa-core Comet Lake-H i7 chip to combat AMD’s Ryzen 4000 laptops. This was confirmed by a leaked Geekbench listing that mentions a Core i7-10875H with eight cores and sixteen threads running at a base clock of 2.30GHz. That’s nearly the same as the Core i9-9880H, pretty much making the 10th Gen mobile i9s obsolete.
The Geekbench score of the Core i7-10875H is also a big step up from the older Core i9-9880H. In the single-core test, it manages a slim 100-point lead over the latter but in the multi-threaded benchmark, it wins by a healthy margin of 45%.
The 10875H is the only 10th Gen high-performance mobility CPU with an increased core count. All the other chips feature higher boost clocks and hardware-level security mitigations, but that’s about it. As such, for the majority of the Comet Lake-H parts, the performance gains are going to be minimal.
The Core i7-10875H, however, might just change that. If it replaces the Core i7-9750H, it’ll be a notable step up from the 9th Gen flagship, and offer hefty resistance to AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H and 4900H/HS parts as well.
Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake-H parts are supposed to be announced on 2nd April. These would be paired with NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series Super mobile GPUs, but the press briefing for these chips has been delayed for the time being. A such, there’s a good chance that the announcement too might be pushed by a week or two. We’ll keep you posted.