Intel i7-9750H vs i7-10710U – Laptop CPU Comparison and Benchmarks

Intel recently launched their new 10th gen
U series CPUs, which for the first time includes a 6 core option, so let’s see how well this
new chip compares with the 6 core 9th gen i7-9750H to help you decide which CPU you
should get in your next laptop. Intel’s i7-10710U, apart from having a lovely
name, is a 14nm 10th generation CPU. Just to keep things confusing, Intel has both 14nm
and 10nm CPUs in their 10th gen lineup. The 14nm chips are branded as Comet Lake, while
the 10nm are Ice Lake. The Ice Lake CPUs only currently go up to 4 cores, while the 10710U
is the first U series chip that goes up to 6 cores. U series CPUs are typically lower
power parts for thinner and lighter notebooks, so it will be interesting to see how this
new 6 core compares with the popular 9750H. Let’s look at the differences in specs between
these two CPUs. Both have 6 cores and 12 threads, 12mb of cache, and are based on Intel’s
14nm architecture. The main difference is in the TDP, the 9750H has a much higher 45
watt TDP, while the 10710U has a 15 watt TDP, though this can be configured up to 25 watts
by the laptop vendor if there’s enough thermal and power headroom. This difference in power
is why the 10th gen CPU has a much lower base clock speed. The single core turbo speed of
the 10th gen chip is 200MHz faster than the 9750H, however its all core turbo speed when
all 6 cores are utilized is 100MHz behind. Now here’s the thing, the performance of
either of these CPUs will in the end depend on the power limits that are defined by the
laptop they’re installed in. For the i7-10710U, I’m testing the MSI Prestige 15, and when
under a CPU only workload it’s capable of running up to 45 watts, so the same TDP as
the 9750H. Technically it can go to 50 and beyond, but PL1 is 45 watts and this is where
it settles. This will not always be the case, I haven’t tested any other laptops with
this 10th gen CPU yet but I suspect this could be a best case. I’ve tested the i7-9750H both at its stock
45 watt limit, which some laptops do actually adhere to, but I’ll also include results
with the 9750H when the power limit has been raised to 60 watts, as some other laptops
also do this, and that’s the case with the Clevo NH58RDQ I’m testing with. Basically
it’s not as simple as comparing two CPUs against each other, as power limits can play
a big role. In this testing I have tested both the 10th gen 10710U and 9th gen 9750H
with the same 45 watt TDP, so the results are about as comparable as we can get. With that in mind let’s get into those results,
starting with Cinebench R20. I’ve got the 10th gen 10710U CPU in the middle, and 9750H
at the same 45 watts down the bottom. The top result is the 9750H once it’s been boosted
up to 60 watts, which is more representative of what it’s typically capable of, but as
mentioned it will vary by laptop. In this test the 10th gen CPU was 16% ahead
of the 9750H in multicore, and considering that both have the same 45 watt power limit
this result surprised me. When the 9750H is boosted to 60 watts though it’s 8% faster
than the 10th gen chip. The 10th gen CPU was 11% faster when it came to single core, this
makes a bit more sense when we remember that it does have a higher single core turbo boost
speed. I’ve also tested Cinebench R15 as many people
still use it, so these numbers can be used for comparison. Anyway the results are similar,
the 10th gen chip was ahead by 9% in single core performance but a much lower 4.6% increase
in multi core. Again the 60 watt 9750H takes the lead by 7.7% in multicore, but was still
behind in single core due to the higher single core turbo of the 10710U. I’ve run the BMW and Classroom benchmarks
with blender, and despite being a heavy multicore test the 10th gen CPU was again ahead of the
9750H when both had the same 45 watt TDP. The 10710U completed the Classroom test 10%
faster, and 12% faster for the BMW test. With the 9750H set to a higher 60 watt power limit
it’s only just able to take the lead in this test. I’ve used Adobe Premiere to export the same
4K laptop review, and the 10710U was completing the task 5 minutes faster than the 9750H.
Interestingly there was no change to the 9750H even with the higher power limit. I was only
testing the CPU here, GPU acceleration was disabled. I’ve also used the warp stabilizer effect
in Adobe Premiere which basically uses a single core to smooth out a clip. Interestingly the
10th gen CPU was behind here, which I didn’t expect considering it should have a higher
single core turbo boost speed, however the results were consistent. Handbrake was used to convert a 4K video file
to 1080p, and then a separate 1080p file to 720p. With both chips at 45 watts, the 10710U
was 10% faster at processing the 4K file, however when it came to the 1080p to 720p
conversion the 9750H was slightly ahead. The V-Ray benchmark uses the CPU to render
out a scene, and the 10710U was 6.6% faster than the 9750H when at the same 45 watt power
limit. With a higher power limited 9750H though it’s able to come out 8% faster than the
10th gen CPU. The Corona benchmark also uses the CPU to
render out a scene, and there was a similar result here, with the 10710U completing the
task 6.4% faster than the 9750H. With the power limit on the 9750H boosted it’s just
able to claim the victory. I’ve used 7-Zip to test compression and
decompression speeds, and the 10th gen CPU was winning in both cases when it came to
compression speed, but was slightly behind in terms of decompression. VeraCrypt was used to test AES encryption
and decryption speeds, and this time the 10th gen CPU was behind in all instances, though
it was only by about 2% or so. GeekBench produced results a bit different
to the other real applications, the multicore score was lower compared to the 9750H, and
the single core was a bit higher, so these results do make sense in the context of the
clock speeds of each chip. Here’s a summary of all of the applications
just tested. On average over these 18 tests, the 10th gen i7-10710U was 5.2% faster than
the 9th gen i7-9750H in both single and multicore workloads, at least when both had the same
45 watt TDP. Some of the results don’t match what I was expecting. For instance the Warp
Stabilizer result at the bottom, I expected the 10710U to win that as it’s a single
core test. Likewise I assumed the Cinebench R20 multicore result would have done better
on the 9750H given it has a higher all core turbo boost speed. Let’s investigate why the 10710U was ahead
of the 9750H in most of these cases. These are the average clock speeds of both
CPUs during one of the blender benchmarks. We can see that the 9750H was around 400MHz
lower over all 6 cores on average when compared to the 10710U. The 9750H was only able to
match the clock speed with its higher power limit. These are the values for CPU package power
as reported by hardware info while the same blender test was running. The 9750H is basically
dead on its 45 watt limit, as per the bottom bar, then at the 60 watt limit once it’s
raised without issue. The 10710U on the other hand was actually averaging a little below
its 45 watt limit, at least in this specific test. This is because of thermals, the 10710U was
thermal throttling in the blender test. As I mentioned earlier, U series chips are generally
used in thinner and lighter machines, and those typically have less cooling capacity.
This will of course vary between each laptop, but in general you’ll find the 9750H in
thicker machines with bigger heatsinks and heatpipes to keep it running cooler. Despite thermal throttling in blender, the
10710U was still completing the task faster and performing better. If we look at the total system power draw
from the wall for the whole machine when under these same tests, the results are even more
interesting. The 10710U is using 20% more power than the 9750H in this exact same test,
however as we saw just before according to Hardware Info both were around their 45 watt
TDP. I’m not exactly sure what the deal is here,
the difference could simply be down to the changes in Comet Lake. My 10th gen laptop
was clearly using more power to achieve its higher performance, as measured from the wall.
The only change I noted in Hardware Info was that the 10710U was reporting as using 4 more
watts under IA cores. Anyway the 9750H machine needed far more power
to maintain its 60 watt TDP in this same test, and if you remember it was only just able
to beat the 10710U like this. Even if the software is reporting incorrectly or there
is some architecture difference causing this, the 9750H needed more power from the wall
to perform similarly in the blender test and achieve similar clock speeds. The fact that the 10710U is competing at all
with the 9750H honestly took me by surprise. When I saw its Cinebench performance while
reviewing the MSI Prestige 15 I just knew I had to compare the two. Now most laptops
with the 9750H will run the CPU higher than 45 watts when under CPU only workloads like
these, but that’s not always the case, it will vary. When both have the same power limit
though the 10th gen chip appears to be in the lead. The 10710U is also more likely to
be lower in other laptops, while the 9750H will pretty much always at least be capable
of running at 45 watts. I should also note that no undervolting was
done here, these are all stock results, and memory for both machines was 16GB in dual
channel at DDR4-2666. Unfortunately I’m not able to test gaming
at this point, as I had both laptops with completely different graphics. The MSI Prestige
15 had the Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q and I’ve never had that in another machine so can’t
fairly compare. Pretty much all gaming laptops are based on
the 9750H at the moment, it will be interesting if the 10710U starts popping up in these.
Otherwise for thinner and lighter machines, with adequate cooling the new 6 core 10th
gen Comet Lake CPU can perform quite well. Let me know which of these two CPUs you’d
pick and why down in the comments, and if you’re new to the channel consider getting
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100 thoughts on “Intel i7-9750H vs i7-10710U – Laptop CPU Comparison and Benchmarks

  1. Hardware Unboxed have tested the same i7-10710U CPU in the smaller MSI Prestige 14 with a lower and likely more realistic power limit here:

  2. Maybe I´m wrong, but for someone who doesn´t need to squeeze every single bit of power out of these machines, and who certainly doesn´t want a 45W CPU, I actually tend to find the i7-10510U the most interesting CPU of them all. Only 4 cores, yes, but MUCH higher base freq than the 10710U, which probably means it will be actually snappier in the vast majority of apps which don´t take advantage of the 6 cores, while retaining the 15W TDP.
    Feel free to correct me if I´m saying something stupid.

  3. And here in my country, a lot of people still hold the old prejudice that U-chips will never be able to do any heavy and professional workloads. Gosh, just look at those numbers, even if this is the best-case scenario, it still speaks volumes of how technology mature over time and yet some people still hold dear to what they know some 4-5 years ago. Although I'm an AMD fan, I have to give that Intel is still rocking in mobile chips.

  4. Lol Intel will hit the Rekord of the Celcios …. its going to be worse .. really crap and AMD cant even hit the Quality.. i think we need a new Chip creater like Samsung..

  5. imagine the loveliness of saying "tenth gen ten nanometer i-five ten-thirty-five-g-seven"

    Thanks for this 6-core comparison 👍

  6. Pardon my French, but Holy Shit! Some needs to put a 1660ti or 2060 with one of those tenth gen cpus and I’m onboard. Very impressive.

  7. Can anyone tell me if Vapor 15 pro is good?
    It's not in amazon or in other sites, so it's hard for me to decide…
    And I want to know how much time it will take for shipping like to Korea.

  8. Hello peoples.
    I need a laptop 17' for video editing ate least 4k, or 6k. I like to future proof. Obviously, the cheaper the better, bang for the buck. No Macs,pls.cheers.

  9. Hi Jarrod, maybe the CPU voltages are different for the 2 due to lower sustained boost and 15W TDP for the 10th gen U processor……

  10. А как узнать может ли мой компьютер поддерживать i7-9750H на 60W?(сейчас он очевидно работает на 45W)
    И как заставить его работать на этой мощности?

  11. I wish you had undervolted and remove the thermle bottleneck. Then we could have seen the RAW performance differences

  12. Hey Jarrod !!
    Asus zenbook duo ( i7 10th gen) vs Acer predator helios 300 (i7 9th gen)
    Which one of these should I buy?

  13. Great review 9 vs 10th Gen.
    I have 9750H and I've been running at 45W recently myself @ 3.5GHz with undervolt to keep the CPU at or under 80C – I get ~2720 in R20, which is pretty close to 10710U at stock. But again, that is not fair as my CPU was undervolted. I chose 45W just because Intel says that was the TDP, even though it will go up to 80W if unchecked…

    However, I also saw that in your MSI prestige 15 review, you managed to achieve 2966 points in R20 with 10710U undervolted 100mV.
    My question is, what was the max power usage during that run?
    On my 9750H, I would need very close 60W doing that, even with undervolt, to get high-2900s, running all cores at 3.9GHz, and hitting 93C after just single run, so not a setting I would use daily.

  14. The main advantage of i7 9750H is it's base clock which will should give better 1% low performance when both CPU and GPU are utilized to maximum . we should watch whether gaming laptops are going to be equipped with the U series CPU's and push to TDP to 45W when on AC power

  15. amazing performance from these 10th gen 6 core 25W chips, the 9900ks actually sips less power at 5ghz than the normal 9900k
    and still less at 5.2ghz according to Toms hardware
    i assume these optimizations trickled down to these 14nm+++ parts as well
    kudos to Intel on this front. too bad the 10nm parts are 4 cores and slower boosts, maybe 11th gen will fix this

  16. All these cpu's have power boost states, so comparing performance levels at an assumed TDP isn't accurate especially since you have a U series that has a double heat pipe/fan design as this wouldn't be the case for all laptops, and all tests were done on AC power. On battery with U series CPUs, they operate a base clock speed by default, for this 1.1 ghz some laptops have toggles in their bios's to re-enable turbo, however the power boost states PL1 of 25 watts and PL2 of 45 watts would not be active. The fact of the matter is, is that the 8750h 9750h and 1071U are all pretty much the same silicon/core architecture that has been tweaked in software to sip power on battery but on AC they run pretty much the same. It's a rererebadged part like the GTX 260/9800/8800gt years ago and to say this is a 15 watt part per intel is completely dishonest.

  17. Typing this on an MSI GS65 with the 9750H. IMO the clock speeds are all BS as it throttles all the time during gaming or video editing. (Also running a -.100v undervolt) So kudos on the 10th gen using less power while being pretty close or better in performance.

  18. Is the i7-9750H good for high end softwares like unity3D and blender ..etc?
    I focus on the lowest possible temperature to keep the machine will so will it perform well with them?

  19. Hi, I am looking to buy a new laptop and this awesome video of yours makes me wonder what is the difference between a U class and H class processor if the i7 10710U can be just bumped up to perform faster than the 9750H.

    The only difference I see is in the base clock, but can it be increased by some TDP setting so that the i7 10710 can perform on par with 9750H for long term workloads?

    Also, how long can the i7 10710U sustain its boost clock at 45 Watts?

  20. Hey Jarrod.

    I'm getting two deals for Acer Predator Helios 300 (i5, 8gb,1660ti,144hz).

    One is from Acer outlet offering it for US$ 1220 along with 1 year accidental warranty, 3 years warranty, gaming accessories.

    Second one is from a reputed retailer chain offering it for US$ 1090 along with a laptop bag 😬 Would bargain for some more goodies or price cut 😅

    Considering the above deals which one would you suggest? I will be visiting them tomorrow. Your advice will be crucial 🙏

    Would be carrying this lappy abroad as well. Budget is maxed out. I am satisfied with gaming at medium settings (1080p) but need fps above 70-80 for AAA and esports titles. Some future proofing for atleast 3 years and longevity of hardware.

    Thanks. Namaskar 🙏

  21. 10th comet lake CPUs are more like those 14nm CPU undervolt by default
    9750h can be undervolt around -150mv (after unlock PowerLimit can achieve 3200cb in CinebenchR20)

    10710U I've seen -70mv not sure if it can do more than that..
    so… yep I beileve it is just same CPU but with lower TDP and lower voltage then change the frequency

  22. The 10th generation H and HK series, performance evolution may be intense.

    (I think there is a typo because it is a Google translation)

  23. Hi! I need your opinion, what better to buy, MSI GL75 9SD(i7-9750H & 1660ti) or Lenovo 540-17 (7-9750H & 1660ti). The price is around the same, but I don't know where the overall quality, features, cooling and other things are better. Thanks for answering!!! <3))

  24. Intel shoulda stopped at four digits on their naming. Just imagine saying what chip you have, when it's an I7 10710 U. I wish I had that much of a mouth full in my pants.

  25. The video was a nice comparison. I'm not really god at techs and stuff, I just want to know which one is better? This is very confusing for me. Thanks in advance.

  26. so… the chip is capable of performance that we are never going to get on ultrbooks?? which was the point to begin with… i dont get that 45W benchmarks

  27. 2019 is a crazy year. With some laptops coming out with a refresh model only few months apart. 9th gen to 10th gen about 5 months difference (at least in my country)

  28. What is we use the 10 th gen u processor in legion y540, with same tdp, cooling.. Would the battery life improve drastically with Nvidia Optimus?

  29. Naahh, going to stick with 9th gen .
    I got a 9th gen in 2019 except that it wasn't i9 . Then I would have been a God of 9

  30. Hello, Can I use MSI Prestige 15 for Production Music like Studio One, FL Studio, and the other Music Software? Thanks i need your opinion!

  31. I need 2in1 laptop for university
    Am thinking between Surface Book2 and Surface Pro7
    The both great and have Corei7
    But the difference is the book is the 8650U 8th generation and DDR3 1866Mhz
    And the Pro is 1065G10th generation with DDR4 2133Mhz
    And there is more differences but am focus on the CPU and the Motherboard Speed

  32. Hi there! I've been following your channel for quite a while now and the info you provide is outstanding!
    I currently live in Australia (Melbourne) and i was planning on getting a new laptop budget around 2300 AUD i would really appreciate if you could just help me decide what i should buy.
    Currently im looking at Acer Predator Helios 300 1660ti vs a Custom Metabox laptop with a 2060. To be honest i just want max performance as my main motive is gaming. So which one would you recommend out of the two? Or is there any better option?
    Thank you.

  33. Hi Jarrod thank you for your video. I have a G5 with 8750h. Is it possible to set my processor to draw 60watt for better performance using throttlestop?

  34. My old laptop just died and I'm going to upgrade from i5-6300HQ+GTX 1060 to i7-9750H+GTX 1660Ti! Should I expect a big change in performance?

  35. Hey man, what do u think about the new triton 300 with gtx 1650 graphic card and core i5 9300? Is it better than lenovo Y540 with the same specs or should I go with the y540?

  36. How is it possible to run the 10th-gen at 45W when you earlier mentioned that it is capped at 25W? Also, when running the 10th-gen at higher power, wouldn't it shorten the life span of the CPU? Especially because of the heat … ?

    I mean isn't it something that should be considered since 9th-gen is running at it's intended/designed power input but the 10th-gen is running at a higher power input?

  37. Very nice comparison! I am quite confused of the low clockspeeds during Blender BMW benchmark (07:20) though??

    Comparing to your stresstests with full load on cpu AND gpu most devices reach 3.5 to 3.7 Ghz, mostly with ~45W, or on AIDA64 these 45W usually are good for ~3.7Ghz as well, while on Blender it's barely enough for 3Ghz..?! Man, that's really dissapointing… 🙁

    Do you have any idea, why they perform so badly on this workload? Would like the 9750H as successor for my current machine and clocks under your full load stresstests, AIDA64 and Cinebench all seemed to be fine, but on blender…meh

  38. With some undervolt on 9750H it probably would be possible to achieve nearly identical per-watt performance as with 10710U….

  39. Hey Jarrod
    So, I'm in the market for a new laptop. My yoga 3 pro is on its last legs. It was brilliantly portable and had good battery life for my uni days although performance was subpar. Now I want to focus more on power and graphics while still reasonably sized and enduring. Also 16gb ram/512 ssd. This MSI prestige 15 ( 1500$) together with the P65 Creator ( i7-9750H,GTX1060, 2146$), an ASUS zenbook pro 15 ( i7-8750H, 1050ti,1499.- ) and the Dell xps 15 ( i7-9750H, GTX1650, 1865$) are what I've narrowed it down to. Any thoughts or recommendations or warnings?
    Also the 10th gen was listed 45w but in the msi it's 15W, does that mean the performance in the msi is much worse than tested?
    I'm a complete noob on these matters.
    cheers, Dan

  40. HI Jarrod, thanks for the vid. How can the 10th chip can perform a TDP at 45W? It's depend on the workload or I have to set something to reach that TDP for that 10th chip?

  41. This is the U branch of desktop compared with the best i7 of the below gerenation. I think this processor is just for "lower-end users" of the 10th gen. We need to compare the i7 9750H with i7 10750H when it louchs to make a good comparassion. I hope the 12 cores processors begin to be produced for laptop too. Thats my hope.

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