Intel 9th Generation High-Performance Notebooks CPUs Officially Listed – Core i9-9980HK Flagship With 8 Cores, 16 Threads and Up To 5.0 GHz Clocks

It looks like Intel would soon be adding high-performance processors to their 9th Generation mobility lineup. The new processors will be featuring the same 14nm++ node as used by the desktop variants while offering higher cores and clock speeds to those who demand the best gaming performance on mobility platforms.

Intel Core i9-9980HK The Flagship of The 9th Generation Mobility Processor Lineup - All H-Series SKUs Detailed

Intel will have a total of six mobility processors in their 9th Generation Core H-Series family. There will be two Core i5, two Core i7, and two Core i9 models. Currently, these processors look like they would offer higher cores and clocks compared to their predecessors which is exactly what we got on desktop platforms. All SKUs have the same architecture as Skylake which was slightly tweaked over many variations since launch (Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Coffee Lake-R).

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The flagship model of the lineup is the Core i9-9980HK which will be the fastest of the pack with 8 cores and 16 threads. The chip will run at clock speeds of up to 5.00 GHz while featuring 16 MB of L3 cache. The other Core i9 chip is the Core i9-9880H which will also feature 8 cores and 16 threads but with slightly lower max clocks of 4.80 GHz. The difference will be that the Core i9-9980HK will be fully unlocked, allowing users to overclock. How much the chip would overclock would entirely depend on the notebook itself as to whether it can provide sufficient cooling to the chip and don't lead to any thermal or power throttles.

We saw with some notebook designs, particularly the Apple MacBook Pro featuring the 6 core, Core i9-8950H delivering lower performance than a Core i7-8850H based MacBook Pro. The i7 model featured lower clock speeds which suggested that the Core i9 chip was being thermally throttled and couldn't maintain the said clock speeds, leading to performance degradation. So third-party vendors would have to make some good cooling designs for the chip to run on the advertised clocks, let alone manual overclocks.

Moving on, we have the 6 core and 12 threaded parts, the Core i7-9850H and the Core i7-9750H. These feature max boost clock speeds of 4.60 GHz and 4.50 GHz, respectively. Each processor is fitted with a 12 MB L3 cache. The Core i5 parts include the Core i5-9400H and the Core i5-9300H. The Core i5-9400H is a 4 core, 8 thread part with clocks of up to 4.30 GHz and 8 MB of L3 cache while the Core i5-9300H is a 4 core, 8 thread part with clocks of up to 4.10 GHz and 8 MB of L3 cache.

Intel 9th Generation High-Performance Mobility CPUs

CPU NameCPU CoresCPU ThreadsBase/Boost ClockMax ClocksIntegrated GraphicsL3 CacheTDP
Core i9-9980HK8162.4/4.2 GHz5.0 GHzUHD 63016 MB45W
Core i9-9880H8162.3/4.1 GHz4.8 GHzUHD 63016 MB45W
Core i7-9850H6122.6/4.1 GHz4.6 GHzUHD 63012 MB45W
Core i7-9750H6122.6/4.0 GHz4.5 GHzUHD 63012 MB45W
Core i5-9400H482.5/4.1 GHz4.3 GHzUHD 6308 MB45W
Core i5-9300H482.4/4.0 GHz4.1 GHzUHD 6308 MB45W

The official list also contains information for upcoming "KF" parts which will have the integrated GPU disabled. These include the Core i9-9900KF, Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, Core i5-9400F, Core i3-9350KF. The main difference between these parts would be that they will have the iGPU disabled while rest of the specs, including the unlocked multiplier functionality, would be kept enabled for end users on the said "KF" parts.

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Parts with only "F" suffix won't have overclocking capabilities. Lastly, there's also the listing for Intel's Core i3-9100 which seems to be a quad-core part with no hyperthreading but clocks of up to 4.20 GHz and 6 MB of L3 cache. It will be really interesting to see how the chip matches up with the entry level Ryzen 3 processors which are already available at attractive prices of around $100 US.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor NameProcessCores / ThreadsBase ClockBoost ClockCacheTDPPrice
Core i9-9900KS14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz (8 Cores)16 MB127W$513 US
Core i9-9900K14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i9-9900KF14nm++8 / 163.6 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB95W$488 US
Core i7-9700K14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz12 MB95W$374 US
Core i7-9700KF14nm++8 / 83.6 GHz4.9 GHz 12 MB95W$374 US
Core i5-9600K14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-9600KF14nm++6 / 63.7 GHz4.6 GHz9 MB95W$262 US
Core i5-960014nm++6 / 63.1 GHz4.5 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-950014nm++6 / 63.0 GHz4.3 GHz9 MB65WTBD
Core i5-940014nm++6 / 62.9 GHz4.1 GHz9 MB65W$182
Core i5-9400T14nm++6 / 61.8 GHz3.4 GHz9 MB35WTBD
Core i3-9350KF14nm++4/44.0 GHz4.6 GHz8 MB91WTBD
Core i3-910014nm++4 / 4TBD4.2 GHz6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-900014nm++4 / 43.7 GHzN/A6 MB65WTBD
Core i3-9000T14nm++4 / 43.2 GHzN/A6 MB35WTBD
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