The Intel Core i9-10980HK is a mobile processor with 8 cores, launched in April 2020. It is part of the Core i9 lineup, using the Comet Lake-H architecture with BGA1440. Thanks to Intel Hyper-Threading the core-count is effectively doubled, to 16 threads. Core i9-10980HK has 16MB of L3 cache and operates at 2.4 GHz by default, but can boost up to 5.3 GHz, depending on the workload. Intel is making the Core i9-10980HK on a 14 nm production node, the transistor count is unknown. You may freely adjust the unlocked multiplier on Core i9-10980HK, which simplifies overclocking greatly, as you can easily dial in any overclocking frequency.
With a TDP of 45 W, the Core i9-10980HK consumes typical power levels for a modern PC. Intel’s processor supports DDR4 memory. The highest officially supported memory speed is 2933 MHz, but with overclocking (and the right memory modules) you can go even higher. For communication with other components in the machine, Core i9-10980HK uses a PCI-Express Gen 3 connection. This processor features the UHD Graphics integrated graphics solution.
Hardware virtualization is available on the Core i9-10980HK, which greatly improves virtual machine performance. Additionally, IOMMU virtualization (PCI passthrough) is supported, so that guest virtual machines may directly use host hardware. Programs using Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) can run on this processor, boosting performance for calculation-heavy applications. Besides AVX, Intel is including the newer AVX2 standard, too, but not AVX-512.