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
Threads
Base
Freq
Turbo
Freq
L3
Cache
DDR4 OC TDP
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.

Intel 9th Generation Core Desktop Processors: 34 CPUs Intel 9th Gen Press Slide Deck
POST A COMMENT

134 Comments

View All Comments

  • albert89 - Saturday, April 27, 2019 - link

    Not just dominate desktop. Reply
  • sorten - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    The only question remaining for me is whether or not AMD will be competitive in the 15-20 watt TDP range where Intel's U series chips dominate. AMD has had trouble with efficiency, so depending how that turns out this generation I may still wait for Intel's 10nm chips for my Surface Pro refresh. Reply
  • BigMamaInHouse - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    How do they "Dominate?" did you see the real life performance of those "15W" i7 whiskey lake? they get under 500pts in CB R15 (Check latest HP X360 review)in second run, you are paying high Premium for i7 Quad Core and getting less performance then cheap i5 8250u! Ultrabook having really hard time cooling those "15W" TDP CPU's. It's like if you were paying 1200$ for RTX 2080Ti but getting only RTX 2060 Performance after 10 sec gamplay.
    IMO it's just marketing gimmick like "95" 9900K lol.
    Reply
  • Jorgp2 - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    >How do they "Dominate?"

    By actually selling them.

    >did you see the real life performance of those "15W" i7 whiskey lake? they get under 500pts in CB R15 (Check latest HP X360 review)in second run, you are paying high Premium for i7 Quad Core and getting less performance then cheap i5 8250u! Ultrabook having really hard time cooling those "15W" TDP CPU's. It's like if you were paying 1200$ for RTX 2080Ti but getting only RTX 2060 Performance after 10 sec gamplay.

    You mean how like AMDs APUs manage to do better?
    Or how they have better battery life?

    >IMO it's just marketing gimmick like "95" 9900K lol.

    Lol
    Reply
  • BigMamaInHouse - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Yes- this is the sad truth, and only we the customers are suffering from it and paying premium. Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Most customers are not gamers with desktops and trust Intel. That is why Intel sells. Reply
  • yankeeDDL - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    The biggest problem in my opinion is the lack of offering on AMD.
    I have been waiting for some offerings with the Ryzen 7 2800H (also, a 45W unit) and there isn't even a review yet, and the CPU was announced last November. It's almost time for the 3*** series and we don't have laptops with the 2800H yet.
    Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    I think them not going to hard in mobile / low power has been smart. Once they are on the 7nm node that is when they become super competitive with Intel and hopefully push hard into mobile / low power then as well. Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Ignoring 80% of the market is not smart at all and 7nm will not change that - by that time Sunny Cove will be out and AMD will be back to drawing books. There is also some rumors that next Xbox will be Intel based ( likely Sunny Cove maybe with Xe graphics )

    I think these 9 series are hold over to Sunny Cove later this year - mobile first because that is where the primary market it - like 2020 for desktop market - server could be earlier
    Reply
  • Korguz - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    HStewart.. PLEASE let the rest of us see into your crystal ball, and find a way to allow us to see into the future like you can...

    here you go again making claims about how intels next cpu will put them back on top and be faster then any thing out there... you really are an intel fan arent you ??
    Reply

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now