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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  • 29a - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    This world, Broadwell was 14nm.
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Just as reference:
  • nismotigerwvu - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Well that's an odd statement. One, I never mentioned anything about the manufacturing node and two, Broadwell was indeed a 14 nm product anyway. Lastly, it's also not something to get worked up over and perhaps there are even people who believe those chips are hotted up 386's ;)
  • Oyster - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Still just 40 PCI-E lanes... lame. I hope AMD matches/beats expectations with their new platform.
  • HollyDOL - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Doubt they can magically get anything more without 10nm. And it seems they've bet everything on 10nm process and now squeeze breadcrumbs without having it at hand for mass production.
  • gijames1225 - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Incredibly underwhelming. Withholding HT on everything under and i9 is going to be really awkward when the Ryzen 3000s come out and eat their lunch, again, in anything remotely multi-threaded.

    Given how these aren't even trying to compete, I'm a little nervous that Intel is counting on contracts and backroom dealings to not lose the entire desktop market.
  • gsalkin - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Got a small typo: the i7-9700s should have a base clock of 3.6 Ghz, not 3.0, per the slides.
  • R3MF - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    "goes to show you how much Intel values its current graphics implementation."

    Surely this is doubly true for how much Intel values its 'SMT' implementation?

    i.e. hyperthreading.

    All those eight core cpu's, all those six core cpu's, all those four core cpu's, and hyperthreading is available on only *some* of the eight core SKU's!
  • Valantar - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    "Musclebook"? Oh dear. Ugh. They're really going after the insecure hypermasculine crowd here, aren't they?
  • bji - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    You're saying women don't have muscles? Sexist.

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