The Core i9-10980HK draws more power than the Ryzen 9 3950X on an XMG Apex 15

Recently, the new Schenker launched their new XMG Apex 15 gaming laptop which can be configured with up to the Ryzen 9 3950X Desktop CPU on a laptop. A recent power draw comparison shows that Intel’s latest Core i9-10980HK draws more power under load than a 16-core AMD Ryzen 9 3950X desktop CPU found in the Schenker XMG Apex 15

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According to a HardwareLuxx editor, the Core i9-10980HK draws around 135W of power at peak load which is huge, this is nearly 30% higher power draw than the AMD Ryzen 9 3950X found in the Schenker laptop.

The Core i9-10980HK draws more power than the Ryzen 9 3950X on an XMG Apex 15
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Also, we should keep in mind the Core i9-10980HK is an 8-core mobile CPU whereas the 16 core Ryzen 9 3950X is a desktop version running in Eco mode. It is surprising to see Intel’s CPU draw significantly more power with just half cores and threads than the AMD desktop CPU which clearly wins due to the 7nm process advantage.

Intel claims the CPU to draw a nominal TDP of just 45W but in real-life scenario, it draws far more power under a heavy workload. While the Ryzen 9 3950X performs well under suppressed TDP, it delivers 95% of stock performance, and these power draw figures were obtained running Furmark.

The Core i9-10980HK draws more power than the Ryzen 9 3950X on an XMG Apex 15
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Of course, the 7nm architecture will play a key role for cooling and TDP of any device running these CPUs. So, Intel who was relatively boasting of its high single-core clock speeds needs to amend the fact that apart from gaming, these old 14nm SKUs have no competition in front of these efficient AMD CPUs.

One of the most surprising facts remain the Comet Lake-H CPUs to have drastically higher power consumption, laptops with poor cooling and the low battery can quickly get out of juice while doing heavy tasks. It seems the Ryzen 4000H APUs to be more worthwhile considering its efficiency and higher price/performance ratio with respect to Intel.

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