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.

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  • eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Thanks Ian! Two questions: I assume the maximum turbo frequency is for a single core. Any words from Intel on sustainable all-core turbo? Also, I noted the absence of any newer generation Core-M. Has Intel abandoned that concept? Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    The Y series are likely Ice Lake processors on Sunny Core and Gen 11 graphics coming this fall . Reply
  • Valantar - Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - link

    It's been a couple of years since Intel stopped officially listing n-core turbo speeds in spec sheets. Doubt it's coming back, despite the fact that this can be checked very easily by anyone with a chip in a working system. Reply
  • Alsw - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Certainly takes some getting your head around the naming coventions again, many people still have it in their mind that i7=best when in fact an i5 or i3 will often be more than adequate for their needs. Atleast the desktop and mobile naming is starting to come together and serious news that we have gone from 4 core to 8 cores on both lower end desktop CPU's and mobile in no time at all! By the way any mention of Xeons mobile or desktop, usually these are very similar but with some frequency differences + ECC support but last time there were also some unique 4core/8thread options presumably to get around the need for a more expensive Microsoft Windows 10 Pro for Workstations 6 cores Plus license. Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    "Intel hasn’t reached out to us about reviewing any of these new processors, so if you have any thoughts of what parts you want to see tested, please let us know."

    I'd be curious to see the i7-9700 non-K get tested, but only to see what TDP it will end up running at boost clocks. Will a non-overclockable SKU have a reasonable TDP, or will motherboard OEMs find a way to muck that up too?
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  • shabby - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Those are some talented marketing guys who can draw up new slides for cpus with a 100mhz bump. Reply
  • RU482 - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    half ass effort by Intel....no embedded 9th gen CPUs...wtf Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    I wondering with this series, that some of i7 series laptop chips will out performed some of desktop i7's. That would be interesting test at least in CPU market - possibly even in GPU market with NVidia new mobile GPU. Reply
  • 1_rick - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    The H-series has lower TDPs, though, so they probably won't hold those high clock speeds long. I have a laptop with an 8250, and if you open the CPU, it will drop down to close to the base speed pretty fast. 45W will obviously last longer, but the same principle applies. Reply
  • benzosaurus - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - link

    Hang on a sec, I need to enter my Personal Identification Number number into an Automated Teller Machine machine in order to get some cash to buy a Desk Top Replacement replacement. Reply

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