CPU Performance

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
Sound Card On-board
Graphics Card

ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DUAL


Graphics Drivers

NVIDIA 391.35

AMD 18.3.4

Power Supply Corsair RM1000x
Operating System Windows 10 Pro x64 RS3

Cinebench R15

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%.

Geekbench 4.2.0

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%.

Handbrake 1.0.7

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%.

Blender 2.79b

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. 

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