Intel’s 9th Generation Core Mobile Processors: 45W H-Series

The 45W range of processors from Intel fits into the high-performance / prosumer niche of portable gaming laptops and workstations. These typically populate the 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch devices, going from a basic gaming system with a discrete graphics card all the way up to DTR, or DeskTop Replacement hardware, that takes the place of a full on desktop in a (insert non-committal gesture) mobile sort of form factor that weighs almost double digits in pounds.

Intel has recently released some mobile processors into the market, such as Whiskey Lake at 15W on 8th Gen, but this is the first proper outing for high performance 9th Gen in a mobile form factor. At this point, we’re not seeing a replacement for Kaby Lake-G, where Intel paired a H-series CPU with a Radeon GPU in the same package, so it will be interesting to see if that gets a refresh later this year.

Intel 9th Generation Core CPUs
Mobile 45W H-Series
AnandTech Cores
i9-9980 HK 8C / 16T 2.4 GHz 4.9 GHz* 16 MB 2666 Y 45 W
i9-9880 H 8C / 16T 2.3 GHz 4.7 GHz* 16 MB 2666   45 W
i7-9850 H 6C / 12T 2.6 GHz 4.6 GHz 12 MB 2666 ish 45 W
i7-9750 H 6C / 12T 2.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 12 MB 2666   45 W
i5-9400 H 4C / 8T 2.5 GHz 4.3 GHz 8 MB 2666   45 W
i5-9300 H 4C / 8T 2.4 GHz 4.1 GHz 8 MB 2666   45 W
* i9 CPUs support Intel Thermal Velocity Boost for +100 MHz Turbo

Enter the Musclebook: Intel is introducing the new ‘Musclebook’ name for the DTR equivalent devices. Ultimately these are likely to be paired with the high end Core i9 processors. Intel has two parts here, the 9980HK which allows for overclocking, and the 9880H. The 9880H equivalent is new to this processor stack, based on requests from Intel’s partners that they wanted something ‘as fast’ as the top HK model, but not actually overclockable – it turns out that if you stick a HK in a system, users expect to be able to push it, and OEMs wanted equivalent performance without having to build in support for overclocking.

Both the 9980HK and 9880H supports Intel’s Thermal Velocity Boost, giving an additional 100 MHz if the thermal performance of the hardware allows it. Again, Intel doesn’t specify what requirements those are, of if manufacturers can ignore them, or if it’s enabled by default etc. It could be somewhat misleading to include those values into the single core turbo frequencies, however with mobile platforms we’ve seen such a wide range in PL2 values set in hardware due to the form factor, there are a wide range of single core turbo frequencies that don’t match up to the SKU list anyway – this is OEM and design dependent, so there isn’t much fuss from us on this.

There are two Core i7 parts, with six cores and hyperthreading, and the Core i7-9750H supports ‘Partial Overclocking’. In Intel terminology, this means that the CPU can be up to 400 MHz higher if the OEM sets it as such, allowing the CPU to turbo up to 5.0 GHz. That will be extremely device dependent, and given the way that most OEMs deliver their specification sheets, it will be interesting to see if any of them actually list if this is the case, or just take the 4.6 GHz and not tell anyone.

The two Core i3 parts bring up the rear, with four cores and hyperthreading. This means Intel still makes quad cores with hyperthreading, even though they have disappeared from the desktop product line.

Given the tight integration of mobile chipsets into the products, expect to see a few new devices enabled with Intel’s new AX200 Wi-Fi 6 card that was launched last week. The mobile chipsets are also listed as supporting Samsung’s new 32 GB memory modules, so we will likely see some high-end ‘Musclebooks’/DTR replacements using those, at extreme cost to the user. Intel is again stating Optane storage support on these devices, as well as TB3 support when additional controllers are included.

With the annual Computex trade show around the corner (last week of May), we’re expecting to see a smorgasbord of devices being offered with the new H-series parts: both refreshes of old models and perhaps some new ones in the mix. Stay tuned for our coverage from the show.

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  • BigMamaInHouse - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    No Refresh can save them this time...
  • malukkhel - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Yeah ryzen is gonna hit hard this time I think (and I wish as well). Intel has become too lazy
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    They have become fat and lazy but they are a world class athlete. If they get back in shape they will be back in 2020.
  • Opencg - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    intels lazyness has already peaked probably around 4th or 5th generation. they are under heavy pressure from amd and their slow 10nm start. and amd is probably about to come out with something more competitive than ever for the mainstream desktop market.

    but if you look at intel today you can already see the results of the pressure. 9th gen has some insane value buys. 9600k and 9700k offer the best performance/price ever for those brackets in gaming. and they finnaly put stim back on the cpus. these early signs are good hopefully they keep it up. it takes a long time to develop these products so we could see them pushing forward again in 4+ years if they remember this lesson amd is teaching them.

    nice to have competition in the market again.
  • peevee - Thursday, May 2, 2019 - link

    How is 9700k a value buy when you can get AMD $100 cheaper and with enabled SMT (+50% MT performance, unlike Intel's HT which is disabled in i7 anyway)?
  • 240hzGamer - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Can you provide me lottery numbers please? Thank you
  • nevcairiel - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    They bet too much on 10nm, and when it was delayed so much, they didn't have any competition to force them to re-spin Ice Lake onto 14nm right away. And when Zen came out, it probably was too late, since such things take time.

    Basically, decisions from years ago haunt them today, as they can't react fast enough without 10nm. For competitiveness sake, lets all hope that 10nm arrives in 2020 and delivers what was promised - then we might get actual competition back with updated products from both vendors.
  • sorten - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    I agree. AMD is going to own the desktop market in about two months.
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Not likely..
  • Korguz - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    i guess you are using the same crystal ball and can see the future like HStewart, TeamSwitcher ???

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