9th-Gen Core CPUs Bring Additional Cores to Gaming Laptops

Intel now follows up on the announcement of its latest, 9th-gen Core series of laptop processors. We now have detailed specifications all the way from the entry-level Core i5 segment up to the Core i9-9980HK.

In mid-February, Intel took the lid of its new mobile processor family in the Core i9-9xxx lineup. All of them are part of the Coffee Lake Refresh processor family and, like its predecessors, the new CPUs are based on the Skylake architecture. Intel also let us know that the new lineup will be the first to include eight-core mobile processor. Now further details of clock frequencies, cache memory and power values ​​have been released. And it’s not just the Core i9, but the full range of CPUs, out of which several are bound to show up in gaming notebooks. Let’s take a look at them and compare the new models to their predecessors.

Intel 9th-Gen Coffee Lake Refresh Vs 8th-Gen Coffee Lake

ProcessorCores/ThreadsClock frequency range (multi-core)Clock frequency (single core)L3 cacheTDP
Core i9-9980HK8/162.4–4.2 GHz5.0 GHz16 MB45 W
Core i9-9880H8/162.3–4.1 GHz4.8 GHz16 MB45 W
Core i9-8950HK8/162.9–4.3 GHz4.8 GHz12 MB45 W
Core i7-9850H6/122.6–4.1 GHz4.6 GHz12 MB45 W
Core i7-8850H6/122.6–4.0 GHz4.3 GHz9 MB45 W
Core i7-9750H6/122.6–4.0 GHz4.5 GHz12 MB45 W
Core i7-8750H6/122.2–3.9 GHz4.1 GHz9 MB45 W
Core i5-9400H4/82.5–4.1 GHz4.3 GHz8 MB45 W
Core i5-8400H4/82.5–4.1 GHz4.2 GHz8 MB45 W
Core i5-9300H4/82.4–4.0 GHz4.1 GHz8 MB45 W
Core i5-8300H4/82.3–3.9 GHz4.0 GHz8 MB45 W

The Core i9-9xxx series consists of seven processors, with Core i9-9980HK being the top model. It comes with 8 cores running 16 threads, and the extra processor cores are equipped with 2 MB of L3 cache each for a total of 16 MB of L3 cache. The suffix HK in the SKU indicates that the processor is unlocked and can be overclocked. The clock frequencies reach 5.0 GHz on one core, while turbo boost mode using all cores is up to 4.2 GHz.

Close on its heels is the Core i9-9880H, which has similar specifications but slightly lower clock frequencies and no support for overclocking. The Core i7 models all match the previous generation, with 6 cores and 12 threads, but higher clock frequencies across the board. Also like their predecessors, all of the 9th-gen Core CPUs in this segment have a 45 W TDP value.

It’s not the least bit far-fetched that the ubiquitous Core i7-8750H, which is used in countless gaming laptops today including the Alienware m15 and Razer Blade 15 2019, will be replaced by the Core i7-9750H. The second most common CPU, Intel’s Core i5-8300H is likely replaced by the Core i5-9300H. Like before, only the most expensive laptops are likely to be equipped with 8-core Core i9 options. AMD’s next Ryzen lineup could shake things up, however.

On the integrated graphics side, the Core 9xxx series is equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 630 IGP with 24 execution units (EUs), running at tje base frequency 350 MHz. What differs is only the maximum frequency, which ranges from 1,050 to 1,250 MHz.  Of course, this isn’t very relevant for gaming notebooks that use dedicated graphics cards.

The processors are expected to be launched in May and likely in connection with Computex 2019, which is scheduled for May 28.

Jesper Berg

Site founder and gaming hardware enthusiast.

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