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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  • rgba - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    i9-9700K is probably a typo. Can't find any info on the ARK website, and it's not marked as "New SKU" on press slide.
  • dullard - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Correct, it is just a typo. They are i7-9700K.
  • WickedMONK3Y - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    So anybody with an i7-9700K almost instantly has a collectors item because in its refresh its been renamed to the i9-9700K but is NOT faster but it is a K so should be i9? Ok whomever Intel has hired for marketing and naming these CPUs is not very smart...

    Intel has a major problem coming when Zen2 launches and it is not going to be pretty. If Zen2 is anything like it is being hyped to be, Intel will have to jump through some hoops and pray to every deity in existence to catch up... And yet in the face of competition they are stuttering big time.
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    I'm telling you intel, name the processors something easier like "Fast, Faster, Fastest, Ludicrous speed".
  • LMonty - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    I prefer the speed settings in Johnny English's "wheelchair" : FAST, V.FAST and F.FAST. 😆
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Oh Intel is underestimating AMD on this refresh a bit to much in my opinion. If this refresh replaced all the 6-core parts with 8-core parts, the 4-cores parts become 6-core parts, and the 2-core parts disappeared they would have a nice refresh using the same technology.
  • Rqtect - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Only 8 Cores what a piece of garbage. Slow And an energy hog ... I guess it is a AMD for my next desktop.
  • Mazarax - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Do mobile i9 cpus have AVX512?
  • SanX - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Do all these "refreshed" Intel processors have avx512? Will next gen AMD chips have avx512?
  • coschizza - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    no avx512 to intel and no to amd

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