Despite being based on the previous Kaby Lake architecture instead of the newer Coffee Lake, the i7-8809G is the first high-powered mobile processor we've seen in Intel's 8th Generation Core product family.
As a comparison point, we are taking a look at an 8th Generation Coffee Lake desktop processor, the i5-8400, as well as the new AMD Raven Ridge R5 2400G APU. On the mobile side, we are comparing the i7-8809G to our leading performer from the 15W-class 8th Generation CPUs, the Dell XPS 13 9370, as well as a slightly older ASUS G752J full-size 17" gaming laptop with a Skylake i7-6820HK processor.
The full testbed configuration for the desktop system is listed below.
|Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-8400
|Motherboard||ASUS STRIX Z370-E Gaming|
|Memory||16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200 (running at DDR-2400 on all configurations)|
|Storage||Corsair Neutron XTi 480 SSD|
ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DUAL
ASUS RX 560 STRIX
|Power Supply||Corsair RM1000x|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro x64 RS3|
Cinema4D rendering performance, as measured by Cinebench R15 shows very positive initial results for the i7-8809G-equipped Hades Canyon NUC. The single-threaded score is the highest among the group, besting even the desktop i5-8400 processor.
Multi-threaded rendering shows the i7-8809G losing only to the i5-8400 processor, which is equipped with an additional two cores and four threads. The Kaby Lake-G part manages to even outperform the desktop R5 2400G in all-core rendering by almost 9%.
While the i7-8809G still maintains the lead in single-threaded performance in Geekbench 4.2.0, both desktop processors, the i5-8400 and R5 24500G, manage to outperform the NUC by over 10%.
H.264 transcoding in Handbrake shows the i7-8809G outperforming all of the other test systems besides the 6-core i5-8400, including a 6% lead over the R5 2400G.
In Intel Quick Sync encoding, the UHD 630 graphics in the NUC fall short of the same GPU found in the i5-8400 by 32%.
Similar to Handbrake, the BMW benchmark in Blender shows the i7-8809G falling short to only the i5-8400, including a massive 25% lead over the Kaby Lake Refresh Dell XPS 13 9370 with the i7-8550U.
Overall, the i7-8809G processor found in the Hades Canyon NUC provides a surprising performance benefit. Despite being a processor solution initially designed for mobile solutions, the extra 35W TDP allocation and thermal solution in this NUC form factor produce impressive results.
In this configuration, the i7-8809G remains competitive with Intel's current 65W mid-range desktop offerings like the i5-8400 while maintaining a 2-core defect.
Additionally, in processor-based tasks, the NUC is able to handily outperform a high-end gaming laptop from just a few years ago—the ASUS G752J. This is a good sign for the capabilities of upcoming Kaby Lake-G notebooks, as well as future potential 8th Generation notebooks.