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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  • drajitshnew - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    They are taking about Samsung 32 GB , modules. Ian can you at least do a pipeline post regarding them, their price & availability (for non US markets also if possible). Searching for 32GB desktop memory gets you only kits with 16 GB modules. If you remove desktop you get kits & Registered memory. I haven't searched for 32GB sodimm but would like to know about them as well.
    Also, considering that Samsung dies have been the souls ( or sole) of memory over locking, you might want to do a full article on them-- of you can get them, with say 9900K + Ryzen + Ryzen threadripper 2950X
  • Krayzieka - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    Be prepare intel market is on big time. The tdp isnt real look at that low base clock
  • prtk_mndl - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    If you have to base your comparison to 5 year old performance to show improvement... you are doomed Intel.
  • TElliott - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    What I'd like to see is a desktop-class mothetboards running mobile processors! How about a fully water-cooled i9-9980HK overclocked to the limit against a 9900K? With the thermals being so much lower on mobile processors, I bet they are overclockable way past what their desktop counterparts like the 9900K can do! The future is mobile processors only. As the performance gap between mobile and desktop has basically been reduced to zero, desktop CPUs actually don't even make sense anymore. I believe desktop processors can soon become a thing of the past as long as motherboard manufacturerers start making the parts. Asus, MSI, Gigabyte.. wake-up already!
  • bajs11 - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    9th? or more like Skylake refresh(Kaby lake), refresh(Coffee lake), refresh (this so called 9th gen)
    But I am also very confused because according to Wikipedia:
    There is also a so called 8th gen Kaby Lake R mobile cpus
    and here I thought 8th gen is called Coffee Lake?
    so how many freaking Lakes are there and how many Sky Lake refreshes are there??
  • Gastec - Friday, April 26, 2019 - link

    This is just the beginning. 10-15 years from now we will have new "next-gen" CPU's and smartphones releasing every 3 months with ads to BUY BUY BUY popping out everywhere, including in your operating system, like when you are watching a streamed film or reading an e-book.
  • piasabird - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    Dont ever plan on purchasing any AMD Product ever.
  • Korguz - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    oh ?? why not??? you like paying for overpriced cpus ?? :-)
  • Tkan215215 - Thursday, April 25, 2019 - link

    support AMD all the way regardless of zen 2 or not. We will see if intel old contract tactic and bribing will work and take effect this second times!
  • Gastec - Friday, April 26, 2019 - link

    I think that the F = No Integrated Graphics CPU's should cost less money that the ones with integrated graphics. And how much power do Intel CPUs consume again in gaming and any other heavy workload? 180, 200 W? I was under the impression that the 95W (with +-5% tolerance :) was the MAXIMUM power consumption @ Turbo freq. I've read (good stuff) but I don't like to be deceived.

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