Complete list of Intel Core i9 laptops (12th-gen i9-12900HK/i9-12900H, 11th-gen i9, etc.) in 2022

Complete list of Intel Core i9 laptops (12th-gen i9-12900HK/i9-12900H, 11th-gen i9, etc.) in 2022
By Andrei Girbea , last updated on May 20, 2022

If you’re looking for a high-performance mobile computer, there’s a very good chance you’re considering one of the Intel Core i9 laptops available in stores today, or soon to be launched. These i9s are, after all, some of the most powerful processors you can get on notebooks right now, alongside the Ryzen 9 alternatives from AMD.

There are however a few aspects you should keep in mind when shopping for an Intel Core i9 computer. First off, there are several different types of i9 notebooks: those built on mobile platforms, and the select few built on the more powerful desktop-grade Core K i9s. The mobile hardware is more efficient and better suited for smaller computers, while the desktop i9s require extra cooling and an overall massive chassis, that’s why these are only available in a limited number of designs.

Furthermore, given the amount of power required by the Intel i9 platforms to run at full blast, their overall performance is highly dependant on the engineering and thermal design of each unit, with significant variations between the different implementations. That’s why it’s important to document your purchase and do your own diligence before deciding on this kind of powerful laptop, as well as make sure that the cooling on your model of choice can keep the i9 at bay within reasonable noise levels. Otherwise, you’re not going to fully benefit from getting an i9 configuration over the more affordable Intel Core i7 specs. You’ll only find these details in thorough reviews, such as the ones on our site.

As far as this article goes, we’ll talk about both the desktop (up to Core i9-12900K – 20 Core or Core i9-11990K – 8 Core) and mobile variants (up to the latest 20Core i9-12900HK units from 2022, as well as the Core i9-11980HK – 8Core from 2021 and previous 2020 and 2019 generatios) available in laptop formats today, or scheduled for immediate launch. We’ll tell you what to expect from these Intel Core i9 laptop CPUs, how they compare to the mainstream Core i7s available in most multimedia and gaming notebooks these days, and whether (or rather when) these processors are worth your money, considering you’ll have to pay a significant premium for these i9 configurations.

We’ve also compiled a complete list of the notebooks built on the Intel Core i9 mobile platforms, both portable formats and full-size models, and we’ll update it in the months to come with new models as they’re announced. You can jump straight to the list via this link, follow this link for another updated selection of Intel Core i9 laptops available in stores right now, or carry on for our quick summary of the i9 platforms, followed up by the list of available models.

12th gen Intel Core i9-12900HK, i9-12900H Alder Lake

The Core i9-12900HK is the latest top-tier Intel mobile platform scheduled for launch early in 2022, as part of the 12th gen Intel Alder Lake hardware platform.

We’ll update this section once the hardware is officially unveiled, and for now, we’ll only briefly go over it. Unlike the previous generations, Alder Lake is a completely new hardware design built around a Big.Little approach, combining several high-performance Cores with a handful of high-efficiency Cores.

As a result, the Core i9-12900HK is a 14Core/20 Thread processor, with 6 high-performance Cores that support Hyperthreading, and 8 extra efficient Cores. As explained in our coverage of the Alder Lake platform, the efficient Cores are not just there to help with battery life and quiet runtimes on battery, but also help out the system’s overall performance in demanding loads.

The high-performance Cores are based on Intel’s Golden Cove architecture, a follow-up of the Willow Cove cores in the Tiger Lake processors, with a promised 5-19% increase in IPC over previous generation architectures. The high-efficiency cores are based on the Intel Gracemont architecture, a follow-up of Tremont and Goldmont that were at the basis of past Intel Atom processors. However, a cluster of 4 of these E-Cores occupies less space on the die than a Performance core, and together provide an increase in processing performance over a P-Core.

12th-gen Intel Alder Lake architecture and design principles

That’s why, with the new design, extra threads, and the technological updates of the new hardware generation, we can expect the 12900HK to be a significant improvement in performance over the previous 11980HK/11900H processors in demanding loads and games, especially since most of the 2022 top-tier gaming laptops are also paired with updated GPUs (Nvidia RTX Ti, AMD RDNA2) over their 2021 predecessors, as well as faster storage and DDR5 memory.

For now, I’ll just leave you with a brief summary of the 12th gen i9 mobile processors next to the previous-gen variants, and look for updates in the near future.

Core i9-12900HK Core i9-12900H Core i9-11980HK Core i9-11900H
Lithography Intel 7 – 10 nm 10 nm
Design TDP 35-55W 45-65W 35-55W
Cores (P+E)/Threads 6+8/20 6+8/20 8/16 8/16
P-Cores Base – Turbo 2.9 – 4.9 GHz 2.6 – 5.0 GHz 2.1 – 4.9 GHz
E-Cores Base – Turbo 2.4 – ??
Graphics UHD 770 Iris Xe 96 EUs
Cache up to 24 MB Smart cache up to 24 MB Smart cache
Memory support
DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800, LPDDR5-5200 up to DDR4-3200

11th-gen Intel Core i9-11980HK, i9-11900H Tiger Lake

The Core i9-11980HK and i9-11900H are part of the 2021 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake hardware platform.

Much like with the previous 10th gen Core i9-10980HK, the 11th gen Tiger Lake Core i9-11980HK is still an 8Core 16Thread (with HyperThreading) processor, now with a Base Clock speed of 2.6 GHz, an all-core Turbo Clock of 4.8 GHz, and up to 5.0 GHz Turbo in up to two cores with Thermal Velocity Boost 3.0. As a noticeable novelty, Intel allows OEMs to implement these processors at either a 45W TDP, or a higher 65W cTDP in supported thermal designs, in which case the base clocks jump to 3.3 GHz.

Furthermore, the K at the end means that this processor is overclockable, with an unlocked multiplier. In practice, overclocking a mobile processor greatly varies between the different models, as a potent thermal design that can sustain 4.5+ GHz in sustained all-core loads is a prerequisite that very few designs can meet.

As far as I can tell for now, on paper this i9-11980HK is only a minor update in terms of clock speeds over the Comet Lake i9 HK, but the devil is in the details, so we’ll have to look into detailed reviews for a more in-depth performance analysis.

Aside from the clock speed, the i9-11980HK benefits from an increased amount of L3 Cache memory (24 MB, vs 16 MB on previous-gen), improved UHD graphics based on the Intel Iris Xe technology, as well as theoretical improved IPC and efficiency, as this platform is partially based on Intel’s 10nm SuperFin lithography, and no longer just a 14nm ++++ refresh. PCIe 4 CPU support (with up to 20 lanes), as well as Thunderbolt 4/ USB 4 and WiFi 6E 6 GHz partially integrated on the die are also new additions to the 11th gen Core H platform.

In comparison, the unlocked Core i9-11900H is also an 8C/16T processor, just slightly lower-clocked than the HK variant, while the main-stream i7-11800H is also a 8C/16T processor in this generation, with even slightly lower clocks and without Turbo velocity. Finally, the 11th-gen Core i5-11400H is now a 6C/12T processor, and most likely a competent option for mid-range gaming laptops later in the year, if we’re to judge based on what we already know about the Intel 10nm desktop platforms. All the Core H i5/i7/i9 models can be configured at either 35 or 45W TDP, based on each design.

Previous-gen mobile Core i9s

The i9-10880H and i9-10980HK are the 2020 10th-gen Comet Lake options, with a slight frequency boost over the 2019 9th-gen models and support for faster memory. They’re still built on an Intel 14nm +++ architecture and require a lot of power to reach their potential in sustained loads. The i9-9880H and i9-9880HK are the 9th gen Coffee Lake-R i9s launched in 2019.

Both Comet and Coffee Lake-R i9s get 8Cores/16 Threads, 16 GB of L3 cache, and support for up to 128 GB of RAM. Previous year’s top-tier Intel Core i9-8950HK processor pales in comparison, with 6 cores, 12 threads, 12 MB of cache memory, a standard frequency of 2.9 GHz, and a maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 4.8 GHz, and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz of dual-channel RAM.

i9-11980HK i9-11900H i9-10980HK (Ark) i9-10880H i9-9980HK (Ark) i9-9980H (Ark) i9-9900K (Ark) i9-8950HK (Ark)
Lithography 10 nm 10 nm 14+++ nm 14+++ nm 14+++ nm 14+++ nm 14+++ nm 14++ nm
Design TDP 45-65W 35-45W 45W 45W 45W 45W 95W 45W
Cores/Threads 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/16 8/16 6/12
CPU Base Frequency 2.6 GHz 2.1 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz 3.6 GHz 2.9 GHz
Turbo – All Cores 4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.3 GHz
Turbo – 1 Core 5.0* GHz 4.9* GHz 5.3* GHz 5.0* GHz 5.0* GHz 4.8 GHz 5.0 GHz 4.8* GHz
L3 Cache 24 MB 24 MB 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB 16 MB 12 MB
Memory
DDR4 3200 Mhz DDR4 3200 Mhz DDR4 3200 Mhz DDR4 3200 Mhz DDR4 2666 Mhz DDR4 2666 Mhz DDR4 2666 Mhz DDR4 2666 Mhz

* with Turbo Velocity Boost

How about the Core i9 K laptops?

The Core i9 Ks are desktop processors with a much higher TDP than their mobile counterparts, which means they can constantly run at higher clocks in demanding loads and allow some extra room for overclocking, but also require a significantly increased thermal effort to keep cool. That’s why the Ks are only implemented in beefy desktop replacement notebooks, while the mobile i9s make their way in a multitude of form factors, both ultraportable and full-size.

In all fairness, even the mobile i9s run at much higher sustained power than their 45W stock TDP in performance laptops, so while you will get improved results with the few i9 K models out there, the mobile i9 HK variants don’t trail them by much.

Performance

As mentioned already, the performance of these i9 processors greatly varies between implementations and SKUs, but the table below gives you a ballpark idea of what to expect in a couple of different designs (full-size laptops or thin-and-light portable models):

We’ve yet to include the 11th gen i9-11980HK and i9-11900H in here. As for the new 2022 platform, we’ve already seen some leaks of 12900HK implementations and they’re looking promising, so I’ll update this section in the near future as well.

i9-10980HK
full-size
i7-9750H i9-9880H
mid-sized
i9-9980HK
portable
i9-9980HK
full-size
i9-9900K
full-size
i7-8750H i9-8950HK
portable
i9-8950HK
full-size
3DMark 11 – Physics ~13100 ~15800 ~15000 17983 ~18500 ~10800 ~12700 ~13700
3DMark – Fire Strike Physics ~23500 ~16600 ~16600 ~17700 ~19000 24671 ~25000 ~14500 ~16500
Cinebench R15 CPU 1912 cb 1175 cb 1593 cb ~1600 2034 cb 2022 cb 1087 cb 1237 cb 1356 cb
Cinebench R15 CPU – Single Core 208 cb 180 cb 190 cb ~900 205 cb 212 cb 175 cb 193 cb 190 cb
Cinebench R20 CPU ~4200 cb ~2600 cb ~3900 cb ~3700 4861 cb 4926 cb ~2500 2379 cb ~2700
Geekbench 4.3 64-bit – Single-Core 6017 pts 5266 pts 5450 pts tba 5981 pts tba 5138 pts 5682 pts 5505 pts
Geekbench 4.3 64-bit – Multi-Core 34760 pts 23396 pts 29800 pts tba 33521 pts tba 20041 pts 24847 pts 24132 pts
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 1 264.12 fps 218.6 fps 217 fps tba 260.62 fps tba 205.69 fps 233.8 fps 210.88 fps
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 2 108.88 fps 69.6 fps 102.39 fps tba 118.22 fps tba 66.53 fps 86.7 fps 80.65 fps

These results are based on our reviews, as well as on average scores from Notebookcheck.net, which have a larger pool of reviewed notebooks.

i9 laptops built on 12th-gen Intel Core i9-12900H, i9-12900HK CPUs

While we’ve seen some leaks already, I can’t share the exact 12th gen i9 configurations that I’m aware of at this point, so look for this section to be updated early into 2022, once the Intel platform and most of the notebooks are officially unveiled.

I would expect many of the previous-gen i9 platforms listed down below to get a bump to the 12th gen Intel Alder Lake processors, with the i9-12900HK CPUs in full-size performance laptops, and the i9-12900Hs in some of the thinner designs. We’ll also most likely see a handful of interesting new designs as well.

Plus, as already mentioned, expect these top-tier 2022 Core i9 computers to include the latest available features, such as fast screens of different kinds, DDR5 memory, PCIe gen4 storage, and the latest Nvidia and AMD graphics chips.

— updating

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB4 Weight
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165/240Hz matte, with GSync up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 100W Yes 5.1 lbs /2.3 kg
hardware update of the 2021 ultraportable design; clean magnesium and aluminum build; RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with narrow bezels various panel options, including QHD+ miniLED and QHD+ with 100% DCI-P3 coverage; Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1; up to i9 and RTX 3080Ti GPU, 2xRAM sticks and 2x SSD slots; difficult to service due to inverted internal design; 99 Wh battery; dual speakers
Price: from $1749
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301 13.4-inch 16:10 IPS FHD+ 120Hz or QHD+ touch up to Core i9-12900H / max 16 GB RAM LPDDR5-5200 up to RTX 3050Ti Laptop 50W Yes 3.4 lbs /1.55 kg
gaming tablet format with detachable keyboard folio; 13-inch screen size with FHD or QHD 16:10 panel options, and fairly portable build; up to Core i9 hardware with optional RTX graphics and compatibility with external eGPUs; only max 16 GB RAM; 56 Wh battery; dual speakers
Price: from $1199
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533 15.6-inch QHD 240Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 150W Yes 5.2 lbs /2.35 kg
full-size performance laptop, hardware refresh of the 2021 design; metal and plastic built with RGB elements; 16:9 matte display with QHD 240Hz panel with 100% DCI-P3 coverage; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 and RTX 3080Ti GPU, 2x RAM, 2x M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery; 4x speakers; still no camera
Price: from $1799
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 17.3-inch FHD 360Hz or QHD 240Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 150W Yes 6.1 lbs /2.75 kg
full-size performance laptop, 17-inch version of the Scar 15, available with either FHD 360Hz 100% sRGB or QHD 240Hz 100% DCI-P3 screens; same design line and specs/features
Price: from $1899
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 48 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 120W Yes 4.5 lbs /2.05 kg
review – hardware refresh of the 2021 ultraportable design; clean magnesium and aluminum build; single-zone RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with narrow bezels and FHD+ 300 Hz or QHD+ 165 Hz panels with 100% DCI-P3 coverage; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 and RTX 3080Ti GPU, 8/16 GB of RAM soldered + 1 RAM stick, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery; 6x speakers
Price: from $1799
Asus ZenBook 14X 14-inch 16:10 OLED 2.8K 90Hz touch or IPS QHD+ matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 32 GB RAM LPDDR5-4800 Iris Xe Yes 3.2 lbs /1.35 kg
review – premium ultraportable design, available as regular os Space Edition series; good IO and inputs; 16:10 display with matte IPS or touch OLED panels; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 2ith 32 GB RAM; 63 Wh battery; 2x speakers; 100W USB-C charging
Price: from $1499
Dell Alienware X15 R2 15.6-inch FHD 165/360 Hz matte or QHD 240Hz Core i9-12900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 110W Yes 5 lbs / 2.35 kg
hardware update of the 2021 portable design; RGB keyboard; FHD screen options ; up to Core i9-11900H CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 110W graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 87 Wh battery + 240 W charger, stereo speakers
Price: from $2099
Dell Alienware X17 R2 17.3-inch FHD 165/360Hz or 4K 120Hz matte Core i9-12900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 165W Yes 6.7 lbs / 3 kg
hardware update of the 2021 portable design; RGB keyboard with mechanical CherryMX option; FHD/UHD screen options; up to Core i9-11900H CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 110W graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 90 Wh battery + 330 W charger, stereo speakers
Price: from $2199
Gigabyte Aero 16 16-inch 16:10 4K+ OLED glossy Core i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W Yes 5.1 lbs / 2.3 kg
16-inch ultraportable creator laptop with aluminum design and 16:10 4K+ OLED display with 100% DCI-P3 color coverage; full IO and inputs, multiple configuration options, 99.9 Wh battery and 230W charger
Price: TBA
Gigabyte Aero 17 17.3-inch 4K miniLED matte Core i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W Yes 5.7 lbs / 2.6 kg
17-inch ultraportable creator laptop with similar design as the Aero 16, but with a 16:9 matte display with a miniLED panel; similar inputs, IO and specs, 99.9 Wh battery and 230W charger
Price: TBA
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240 Hz, matte, with GSync up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 165W Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
updated 2022 design, high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build and multiple configurations; easily serviceable; 80 Wh battery + 300W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $1499
MSI Creator Z17 17-inch QHD+ IPS 60Hz touch up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 90W Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
2022 ultraportable design, creator laptop with an aluminum design and high-gamut 17-inch display with 16:10 aspect ratio, QHD+ resolution and touch/pen support
Price: from $3499 
MSI GE66 Raider 15.6-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms or QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 140W No 5.25 lbs / 2.4 kg
high-performance gaming notebook, hardware update of the 2020 design; premium metallic build and RGB elements; refreshed RGB keyboard; FHD 360Hz or QHD 165Hz 3ms screens; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080 Laptop 90W (to be confirmed), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + up to 300W charger
Price: from $2699 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms, QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W No 6.5 lbs / 3 kg
hardware update of the 2021 model, high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; fairly large and heavy; refreshed RGB keyboard with NumPad; FHD 360Hz 3ms or 4K 120 Hz screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080Ti 175W and matching thermal design, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + up to 300W charger
Price: from $2999 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS66 Stealth 15.6-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms, QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W Yes 4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg
hardware update of the previous GS66 design
Price: from $3099 
MSI GS77 Stealth 17.3-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms, QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W Yes 5.7 lbs / 2.6 kg
2022 ultraportable design, black theme and fast screens
Price: from $3099 
Razer Blade 15 15.6-inch IPS QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W Yes 4.4 lbs /2.0 kg
slight refresh of the 2021 ultra-compact design; aluminum build; per-key RGB keyboard; 16:9 display with narrow bezels and QHD 240 Hz matte or 4K OLED touch; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 and RTX 3080Ti 105W GPU, 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 80 Wh battery; stereo speakers
Price: from $2499
Razer Blade 17 17.3-inch IPS QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 130W Yes 6.1 lbs /2.75 kg
17-inch compact design; aluminum build; per-key RGB keyboard; 16:9 display with narrow bezels and QHD/4K panels; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 and RTX 3080Ti 130W GPU, 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 82 Wh battery; 8x speakers
Price: from $2699

i9 laptops built on 11th-gen Intel Core i9-11900H, i9-11980HK CPUs

This section includes all the i9-11900H and i9-11980HK laptops available in stores right now, or soon to be available, both the portable designs and the full-size performance behemoths.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB4 Weight
Acer Predator Helios 500 17.3-inch IPS FHD/QHD or mini LED 4K matte up to Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 150-165W Yes 8.7 lbs /4 kg
review here –  2021 desktop-replacement design; massive and sturdy build; per-key RGB backlit keyboard; several panel options, including 4K mini LED 120Hz  including with 100% DCI-P3 coverage; Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1; up to i9 and RTX 3080 GPU, 2xRAM sticks, 2x SSD slots, 2.5″ slot; easy to service and upgrade; 75 Wh battery and 330W charger; 2.1 speakers
Price: from $2499
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165/240Hz matte up to Core i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 80-100W Yes 5.1 lbs /2.3 kg
review here –  new 2021 ultraportable design; clean magnesium and aluminum build; 3-zone RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with narrow bezels various panel options, including QHD+ miniLED and QHD+ with 100% DCI-P3 coverage; Thunderbolt 4 and HDMI 2.1; up to i9 and RTX 3080 GPU, 2xRAM sticks and 2x SSD slots; difficult to service due to inverted internal design; 99 Wh battery; dual speakers
Price: from $1749
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165Hz matte up to Core i9-11900H / max 48 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3070 Laptop 80-100W Yes 4.5 lbs /2.05 kg
review here –  new 2021 ultraportable design; clean magnesium and aluminum build; single-zone RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with narrow bezels and FHD+ 300 Hz or QHD+ 165 Hz panels with 100% DCI-P3 coverage; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 and RTX 3070 GPU, 8/16 GB of RAM soldered + 1 RAM stick, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery; 6x speakers
Price: from $1799
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703 17.3-inch IPS QHD 165Hz or 4K 120 Hz matte up to Core i9-11900H / max 48 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 140W Yes 6.2 lbs /2.8 kg
review here , comparison vs M16 – new 2021 portable 17-inch design; clean magnesium and aluminum build with mobile keyboard; per-key RGB keyboard with opto-mechanical switches; 16:9 display with narrow bezels and QHD 165 Hz or 4K 120 Hz panels with 100% DCI-P3 coverage, plus HD camera; Thunderbolt 4 and card-reader; up to i9 and RTX 3080 Laptop 140W GPU, 16 GB of RAM soldered + 1 RAM stick, 3x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery; 6x speakers
Price: from $2199
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED 15.6-inch 4K OLED glossy Core i9-11980HK  / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 80W ?? Yes 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
compact 15-inch metallic design; RGB keyboard with NumPad; 4K OLED screen; full IO with Thunderbolt 4, UHS card-reader, TB3; up to Core i9-11980HK CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 80W (to be confirmed) graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 94 Wh battery
Price: from $1799 – configurations and updated prices
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR 17.3-inch 4K IPS matte Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 90W ?? Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
17-inch version of the Aero 15 above, 4K HDR 400 panel with 100% AdobeRGB color coverage
Price: from $2499 – configurations and updated prices
Gigabyte Aero 17X 17.3-inch FHD IPS matte, with GSync Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 150W ?? Yes 8.3 lbs / 3.8 kg
full-size 17-inch performance laptop, metallic build, RGB keyboard with OMRON mechanical switches, FHD 300 Hz panel with GSync, up to Core i9-11980HK CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 150W (to be confirmed) graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage + 2.5″ HDD; 94 Wh battery, dual 330W chargers on some models
Price: TBA
Dell Alienware X15 15.6-inch FHD 165/360 Hz matte or QHD 240Hz Core i9-11900H  / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3070 Laptop 110W Yes 5 lbs / 2.35 kg
new 2021 portable design; RGB keyboard; FHD screen options ; up to Core i9-11900H CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 110W graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 87 Wh battery + 240 W charger, stereo speakers
Price: from $2099
Dell Alienware X17 17.3-inch FHD 165/360Hz or 4K 120Hz matte Core i9-11980HK  / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 165W Yes 6.7 lbs / 3 kg
new 2021 portable design; RGB keyboard with mechanical CherryMX option; FHD/UHD screen options ; up to Core i9-11900H CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 110W graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 90 Wh battery + 330 W charger, stereo speakers
Price: from $2199
Dell Alienware m15 R6 15.6-inch FHD 360 Hz or QHD 240 Hz matte, with GSync Core i9-11900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 135W ?? Yes 5.4 lbs / 2.45 kg
updated 2021 design, full-size metallic chassis; 4-zone RGB keyboard with CherryMX switches; FHD or QHD screen options with Advanced Optimus and GSync; up to Core i9-11900H CPU, RTX 3080 Laptop 135W (to be confirmed) graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 86 Wh battery + 240 W charger
Price: from $1299
Dell XPS 15 (2021) 15.6-inch 16:10 FHD+/UHD+ or 3.5K OLED, all touch up to i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM 3200 MHz  up to RTX 3050Ti Laptop Yes 4 lbs / 1.8 kg
reviewed here; ultraportable premium 15-inch design; 16:10 screens with small bezels and IR camera; backlit keyboard and large glass clickpad; three touchscreen options: FHD+ 500-nits or UHD+ 500-nits with 100% AdobeRGB colors, or 3.5K OLED touch; 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports and SD card reader; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 gen4 storage, 50 or 86 Wh battery + 90/130W charger; quad speakers
Price: from $2299 – more details
Dell XPS 17 (2021) 17-inch 16:10 FHD+ matte/UHD+ touch up to i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM 3200 MHz  up to RTX 3060 Laptop Yes 4.9 lbs / 2.22 kg
ultraportable premium 17-inch design; 16:10 screens with small bezels and IR camera; backlit keyboard and large glass clickpad; two screen options: FHD+ 500-nits matte or UHD+ 500-nits with 100% AdobeRGB colors; 4x Thunderbolt 4 ports and SD card-reader; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 gen4 storage, 97 Wh battery + 90/130W charger; quad speakers
Price: from $2499 – more details
2022 Lenovo Legion 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240Hz VRR, matte, with GSync up to Core i9-12900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build, thinner profile than before, and RGB elements;  16:10 QHD+ 165-240Hz panel with VRR, 100%sRGB color coverage and Advanced Optimus; up to Core i9 H55 CPU and RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 gen4 SSD; updated vapor chamber thermal module; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 300W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2499
2022 Lenovo Legion Slim 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS/miniLED QHD+, matte, with GSync up to Core i9-12900HK / max 48 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3070 Laptop 100W Yes 4.5 lbs / 2.05 kg
portable all-purpose notebook; premium metallic build, thinner and lighter than the Legion 7;  16:10 screens, various panel options, including miniLED; up to Core i9 H45 CPU and RTX 3070 Laptop 100W, partially onboard memory + 1x RAM slot, 2xM.2 gen4 SSD; updated thermal module vs previous generation; 71 or 99 Wh battery + 230W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $1499
2021 Lenovo Legion 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165 Hz, matte, with GSync up to Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 165W Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
detailed review – high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; Corsair RGB keyboard; 16:10 QHD+ 165Hz panel with 100%sRGB color coverage and Advanced Optimus, with GSync; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080 Laptop 165W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 gen4 SSD; vapor chamber thermal module; easily serviceable; 80 Wh battery + 300W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $1799
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme gen4 (2021) 16-inch IPS QHD+ matte or UHD+ touch up to Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 90+W Yes 4 lbs / 1.8 kg
reviewed here; classic ThinkPad design and build, compact and lightweight form factor for what it is;  backlit keyboard; QHD+ matte or UHD+ IPS screen with 100% aRGB and HDR; 2x RAM slots and M.2 storage; 2xTB4 ports; 90 Wh battery, upfiring speakers
Price: from $1600 
MSI Creator Z16 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 120Hz matte up to Core i9-10900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200  RTX 3060 Laptop 60W ?? Yes 4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg
2021 ultraportable design; premium metallic build and clean design; per-key RGB miniLED keyboard; 16:10 QHD+ screen with 120 Hz refresh + IR camera; 2x Thunderbolt 4, up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3060 Laptop 60W (to be confirmed), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 gen4 SSDs; 90 Wh battery + 180W charger; 4x speakers
Price: from $2599
MSI GE66 Raider 15.6-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms or QHD 165 Hz up to Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 90W ?? No 5.25 lbs / 2.4 kg
high-performance gaming notebook, hardware update of the 2020 design; premium metallic build and RGB elements; refreshed RGB keyboard; FHD 360Hz or QHD 165Hz 3ms screens; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080 Laptop 90W (to be confirmed), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + up to 300W charger
Price: from $2699 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms and 4K 120 Hz up to Core i9-11980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 150-155W No 6.5 lbs / 3 kg
detailed review – 2021 model, high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; fairly large and heavy; refreshed RGB keyboard with NumPad; FHD 360Hz 3ms or 4K 120 Hz screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080 155W and matching thermal design, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + up to 300W charger
Price: from $2899 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS66 Stealth 15.6-inch FHD IPS 240/300Hz 3ms up to Core i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 80W ?? Yes 4.65 lbs / 2.2 kg
gaming ultraportable laptop, hardware update of the 2020 design; premium metallic build; refreshed RGB keyboard; TB3 and USB-C charging; FHD 300Hz 3ms screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080 Laptop 80W (to be confirmed), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; standard design, easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 230W charger
Price: from $2399 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS76 Stealth 17.3-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms or 4K up to Core i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 90W ?? Yes 5.4 lbs / 2.45 kg
2021 ultraportable design, 17-inch version of the GS66; sturdier and heavier than the GS75 of the past
Price: from $3099 – configurations and updated prices
Razer Blade 15 Advanced 15.6-inch IPS QHD 240Hz matte or 4K OLED touch up to Core i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 90-105W Yes 4.45 lbs /2.02 kg
review here – new 2021 ultracompact design – 2 size versions for the 3080/3070 and 3060 models; aluminum build; per-key RGB keyboard; 16:9 display with narrow bezels and QHD 240 Hz matte or 4K OLED touch; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9 and RTX 3080 95W GPU, 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 80 Wh battery; stereo speakers
Price: from $2499

Previous generation Intel Core i9 Laptops

This section includes the selection of laptops available with 10th-gen Comet Lake Intel Core i9-10980H and i9-10980HK processors. Previous 9th gen and 8th gen models are included in the next two parts of this article.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB3 Weight
Asus ROG SCAR 15 G532 15.6-inch IPS 300Hz matte up to Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2070 Super 115W No 5.75 lbs /2.6 kg
detailed review – high-performance gaming laptop; fairly large and heavy build and gaming theme with RGB elements; RGB backlit keyboard; 240/300Hz FHD screen; no Thunderbolt 3, card-reader or USB-C charging; up to i9-10980HK configurations with RTX 2070 Super 115W graphics, liquid metal compound, 2x RAM, 3x M.2 SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 66 Wh battery
Price: from $1799
Asus ROG SCAR 17 G732 17.3-inch IPS 300Hz matte Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2080 150W No 6.3 lbs /2.85 kg
detailed review – high-performance gaming laptop, direct follow-up of the ROG G703; 17-inch variant of the Scar IV G532, but with a thicker build and an enhanced thermal module for the i9-10980HK + RTX 2080 150W version
Price: from $2499
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo GX550 15.6-inch IPS matte, dual-screens Core i9-10980HK / max 48 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2080 Super 90W Yes 5.3 lbs / 2.4 kg
gaming laptop with dual-screens, metallic build with down-shifted RGB keyboard; 300Hz FHD or 4K main screen options; Thunderbolt 3 with charging; up to i9-10980HK configurations with RTX 2080 Super 90W graphics, liquid metal compound, 16 GB soldered + 1x RAM, 2x M.2 NVMe SSDs with RAID0; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery
Price: from $2999 (from July 2020)
Gigabyte Aero 15 15.6-inch IPS matte, various options Core i9-10980HK  / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2080 Super 80W Yes 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
detailed review – compact 15-inch metallic design; RGB keyboard with NumPad; IPS FHD 240 Hz or 4K OLED screens; full IO with Thunderbolt 3, UHS card-reader, TB3; up to Core i9-10980HK CPU, RTX 2080 Super MQ graphics, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVMe storage; 94 Wh battery
Price: $2699 to $4099 – configurations and updated prices
Gigabyte Aero 17 17.3-inch IPS matte, various options Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2080 Super 90W Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
17-inch version of the Aero 15 above, No OLED screen, but 4K HDR option available instead
Price: $2799 to $4299 – configurations and updated prices
Lenovo Legion 7 15.6-inch FHD IPS 240Hz 5ms up to Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2080 Super 90+W Yes 4.7 lbs / 2.15 kg
high-performance gaming notebook, 2020 design; premium metallic build and RGB elements; refreshed RGB keyboard; FHD 240Hz 5ms screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2080 Super 90+W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 NVMe; vapor chamber thermal module; easily serviceable; 80 Wh battery
Price: from $3199
Lenovo Legion Slim 7 15.6-inch FHD IPS 240Hz 5ms / UHD 60 Hz up to Core i9-10980HK / max 32 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 2060 65W Yes 3.95 lbs / 1.8 kg
review of the updated 2021 model with AMD hardware – lightweight performance notebook, 2020 design; premium metallic build; full-size keyboard with optional RGB; FHD144Hz 5ms or UHD with 100% AdobeRGB screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2060 65W, soldered RAM, 1xM.2 PCIe; 71 Wh battery
Price: TBA
MSI GE76 Raider 17.3-inch FHD IPS 300Hz 3ms and 4K 120 Hz up to Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080 150-155W No 6.5 lbs / 3 kg
detailed review – 2021 model, high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; fairly large and heavy; refreshed RGB keyboard with NumPad; FHD 300Hz 3ms or 4K 120 Hz screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080 155W and matching thermal design, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery
Price: from $2999 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS66 Stealth 15.6-inch FHD IPS 300Hz 3ms up to Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-2933 up to RTX 2080 Super 80W Yes 4.65 lbs / 2.2 kg
reviewed here, gaming ultraportable laptop, 2020 design; premium metallic build; refreshed RGB keyboard; TB3 and USB-C charging; FHD 300Hz 3ms screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2080 Super 80W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; standard design, easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery
Price: from $2399 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS75 Stealth 17.3-inch FHD IPS 300Hz 3ms up to Core i9-10980HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-2933 up to RTX 2080 Super 90W Yes 5.05 lbs / 2.3 kg
2019 ultraportable design, 17-inch version of the GS66; compact and lightest in its class; FHD screen with 72% NTSC and 144 Hz refresh; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2080 Super 90W graphics, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; difficult to open and upgrade; 81 Wh battery
Price: from $2999 – configurations and updated prices

Older Core i9 laptops – portable designs

This section includes a list of the previous-gen portable notebooks that are still available in stores and can be configured with an Intel Core i9 10th and 9th gen mobile processor.

There’s a lot of hype around the i9s not performing as well as expected inside thin and light designs, and for the most part that’s true and should come so no surprise.

If you’ll look into the MacBook Pro, XPS 15 or the Zenbook Pro reviews, you’ll see that the i9 cannot maintain its high Turbo Boost speed frequencies with continuous demanding loads in these computers. For the most part, though, the i9s offer a performance boost over the i7 models, especially in the newer and more mature designs that have been carefully tweaked by their manufacturers to better handle the heat output of an i9.

So while you’re still not going to get an i9s full potential inside most of these thinner computers, these are still worth getting over the i7 models for certain tasks and workloads. Nonetheless, I do suggest carefully considering whether the i9 configurations are worth the significant premium OEMs ask for in these ultraportables. You should look into our detailed reviews that take a close look at the performance in the scenarios you’re planning to use those notebooks yourselves, and decide on the best-value model for your needs.

I do have to add that the manufacturers tend to only offer certain GPU or screen options on their higher-end configurations, usually tied to an i9 processor, so in some cases, the i9 is the only possible choice if you’re going for a specific configuration, regardless of how it performs and whether it’s worth paying extra for.

Anyway, here are the Intel Core i9 thin-and-light notebooks available in stores, with links towards our detailed reviews and updated prices and configurations.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB3 Weight
Alienware m15 15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz / UHD OLED 60 Hz matte with GSync up to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 Max-Q Yes 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
reviewed here, fairly portable and slim (23 mm), but larger than other options; zone-backlit keyboard; several screen options, including FHD 144 Hz or UHD OLED panels; 2x memory slots, M.2 NVME storage and optional 2.5″ bay; configurations with RTX 2060 and 2070 Max-Q also available; 60 or 90 Wh battery, for the M.2 only storage variant; highly configurable; expensive when specced up; i9 CPU at least a $350 upgrade over the i7
Price: from around $2800 – configurations and updated prices
Alienware m17 17.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144 Hz up to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 Max-Q Yes 5.8 lbs / 2.63 kg
17-inch version of the m15 above; fairly portable and slim (23 mm), but larger than other options; zone-backlit keyboard; several screen options, including UHD, QHD and FHD panels with various refresh rates; 2x memory slots, 2x M.2 NVME storage and optional 2.5″ bay; configurations with RTX 2070 Max-Q also available; 60 or 90 Wh battery, for the M.2 only storage variant; highly configurable; expensive when specced up
Price: from around $3000 – configurations and updated prices
Apple MacBook Pro 15 15.4-inch retina 60 Hz up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM Radeon 560X or Vega Pro 16/20 Yes 4.03 lbs / 1.83 kg
thin and light; aluminum unibody construction; 2880 x 1800 px glossy screen with TrueTone; RAM soldered on the motherboard, 1xM.2 storage – up to 4 TB; 4x Thunderbolt 3 ports, 87 Wh battery;

i9 available in both the 2018 and 2019 models, good performance in the 2019 variant (details) which is available with a factory-undervolted i9-9880H, as a $200 upgrade over the i7

Price: from $2999
ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550GD / GE 15.6-inch FHD or UHD  up to i9-8950HK / max 16 GB RAM GTX 1050/ 1050 Ti Yes 4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg
thin and light, aluminum outer case, available with FHD matte/touch or a wide-gamut UHD matte screen, RAM soldered on the motherboard, 1xM.2 storage, 71 Wh battery, expect it to be more affordable than the competition
Price: from ~$2000 – more details
ASUS Zenbook Pro UX580GE 15.6-inch FHD or UHD  up to i9-8950HK / max 16 GB RAM GTX 1050 Ti Yes 4.4 lbs / 2 kg
reviewed here, similar to the UX550, but with a 5.5-inch ScreenPad integrated within the trackpad
Price: from ~$2000
Dell Precision 15 5530 15.6-inch UHD up to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM up to Quadro P2000 Yes 4.4 lbs / 2 kg
compact workstation version of the XPS 15 9570; thin, light and well built; available with wide-gamut IGZO UHD touch screen, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 and 1×2.5″ storage, 56 Wh battery, customizable, higher-end configurations get expensive
Price: from ~$1800 on Dell’s website
Dell XPS 15 9570 15.6-inch FHD/UHD, various options up to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q Yes 4.4 lbs / 2 kg
reviewed here, 2018 model, thin and light, sturdy construction, available with FHD matte or a wide-gamut UHD touch screen, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 storage, 97 Wh battery, i9 configuration available only with 32 GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe storage
Price: from $2299 – more details
Dell XPS 15 7590 15.6-inch FHD/UHD, various options, including OLED up to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1650 Max-Q Yes 4.4 lbs / 2 kg
reviewed here, 2019 model – similar design to the previous generations, but with updated hardware and screens; OLED screen option, various UHD options with 100% AdobeRGB coverage; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 storage, 97 Wh battery; i9 configuration $300 over the i7
Price: from $2399 – more details
Dell Precision 15 3541 15.6-inch FHD/UHD, various options up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM Quadro P620 No 4.4 lbs / 2 kg
2019 model, affordable workstation laptop with a simple plastic build; highly configurable and competitively priced; multiple screen options, up to i9 CPU, Quadro P520 graphics and 61/97 Wh battery; i9 configuration $250 over the i7
Price: from $1799 – more details
Dell Precision 15 5540 15.6-inch FHD/UHD, various options up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to Quadro T2000 Yes 4.4 lbs / 2 kg
2019 model, workstation version of the XPS 15 7590; premium build and features; i9 configuration $350 over the i7
Price: from $2300
Eurocom Q8 17.3-inch – various options up to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1070 Yes 6.6 lbs / 2.99 kg
barebone laptop based on Clevo PA71 chassis; slim and light for a 17-incher, up to GSync 144Hz screen, QHD and UHD options as well, 2x RAM slots, CPU performance could be better, 2xM.2 and 1x 2.5″ storage, 66 Wh battery, customizable
Price: from $2299 – more details
Gigabyte Aero 15 15.6-inch IPS FHD 144 Hz/ 4K UHD OLED matte with 100% AdobeRGB up to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 Max-Q Yes 4.65 lbs / 2.1 kg
reviewed here; compact design with thin bezels, thin (0.69″) and light for a 15-incher; solid build quality and simple design; RGB keyboard with NumPad; IPS FHD 144 Hz or 4K OLED screens; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x memory DIMMs, 2x M.2 NVME storage; fairly simple to upgrade; runs hot; 94 Wh battery, 280 Wh adapter
Price: from $2399 – configurations and updated prices
Gigabyte Aero 17 15.6-inch IPS FHD 240 Hz / 4K UHD OLED matte with 100% AdobeRGB up to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 Max-Q Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
2019 model; 17-inch variant of the Aero 15
Price: from $3199 – configurations and updated prices
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (2018) 15.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch Coffee Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 4 GB Yes 3.75 lbs / 1.7 kg
reviewed here; classic ThinkPad design and build, compact form factor; thin, light and very compact; backlit keyboard; FHD matte or UHD IPS screen with 100% aRGB and HDR; 2x RAM slots and 2xM.2 storage with RAID; 2xTB3 ports; 80 Wh battery
Price: from $1600 
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme gen2 (2019) 15.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various options up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Yes 3.8 lbs / 1.7 kg
updated 2019 model; mostly the same, but with new hardware and new screen options, including 4K UHD OLED
Price: from $$2999 
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 gen2 (2019) 15.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various options up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to Quadro T2000 Yes 3.8 lbs / 1.7 kg
workstation version fo the X1 Extreme, with Quadro T1000/T200 graphics
Price: from $$2999
Origin EVO-17S 17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync or UHD IPS up to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM up to GTX 1070 Yes 6.6 lbs / 2.99 kg
thin and light, compact form factor with narrow bezels, no GSync screen option at this point, hybrid mechanical RGB keyboard, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 + 1×2.5″ storage bays, 62 Wh battery, customizable
Price: from $2500
MSI GE75 Raider 17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz 3ms up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 MQ No 5.6 lbs / 2.55 kg
reviewed here; compact and light for its class; FHD 144 Hz 3ms screen; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2080 graphics; excellent cooling and excellent speakers; small 51 Wh battery; rather expensive for what it is
Price: from $2899 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz 3ms up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 MQ Yes 4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg
reviewed here; most compact and lightest in its class; FHD screen with 72% NTSC and 144 Hz refresh; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2080 MQ graphics, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 ; 81 Wh battery
Price: from $2899 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS75 Stealth 17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz 3ms up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 MQ Yes 5.05 lbs / 2.3 kg
reviewed here; 17-inch version of the GS65; most compact and lightest in its class; FHD screen with 72% NTSC and 144 Hz refresh; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 2080 MQ graphics, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2; 81 Wh battery
Price: from $2899 
MSI P65 Creator 15.6-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz or 4K IPS 60 Hz with 100% AdobeRGB up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 MQ Yes 4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg
workstation version of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin; similar in most ways, but with a silver color scheme and option for 4K 100% AdobeRGB screen
Price: from $2899 
MSI P75 Creator 17.3-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 MQ Yes 5.05 lbs / 2.3 kg
workstation version of the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin; similar in most ways, but with a silver color scheme and option for 4K 100% AdobeRGB screen
Price: from $2799 – configurations and updated prices
MSI WS65 15.6-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz or 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 3000 Yes 4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg
workstation version of the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin; similar in most ways, but with a silver color scheme, Quadro Graphics, and options for an FHD 72% NTSC 60 Hz screen or 4K 72%NTSC 60 Hz;
Price: from $3099 
MSI WS75 17.3-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz or 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz with 100% AdobeRGB up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 4000 Yes 5.05 lbs / 2.3 kg
workstation version of the MSI GS75 Stealth Thin; similar in most ways, but with a silver color scheme, Quadro Graphics,  and options for an FHD 72% NTSC 60 Hz screen or 4K with 100% AdobeRGB coverage;
Price: from $3199 – configurations and updated prices

Older Full-size Core i9 notebooks

This section includes previous generations of full-size Intel Core i9 laptops. There are some mid-range laptops with similar traits to the ultraportables above, but thicker builds and improved cooling, and there are also the no-compromise desktop replacements.

Expect most of these to be hefty and heavy, come with two bulky power-bricks (with some exceptions), but at the same time, also expect to squeeze the most out of the hardware inside and allow for tweaking and overclocking. Most of these laptops run cooly, but also noisy with gaming and demanding loads, to the point where you’ll need headphones for comfortable use.

We’ve also included laptops based on the desktop-grade Core i9 9900K processors in this list, like the Alienware Area 51m or the MSI GT76 Titan.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB3 Weight
Acer Predator Helios 500 17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync  up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM GTX 1070 Yes 8.8 lbs / 4.00 kg
reviewed here; massive and heavy, FHD GSync 144Hz screen or UHD 4K option, RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 speakers, 74 Wh battery, 330W power brick; one of the most affordable i9 laptops
Price: from $2499 
massive and heavy, various screen options, including FHD 120 Hz and UHD IPS, with or without GSync, RGB Alienware TactX keyboard, not the best performance with the i9 configurations, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 and 1x 2.5″ storage, 99 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: from $2249 
Alienware 15 15.6-inch FHD IPS – various options up to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1070 OC/ 1080 Yes 7.75 lbs / 3.5 kg
massive and heavy, various screen options, including FHD 120 Hz and UHD IPS, with or without GSync, RGB Alienware TactX keyboard, not the best performance with the i9 configurations, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 and 1x 2.5″ storage, 99 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: from $2249 
Alienware 17 17.3-inch QHD IPS 120 Hz with GSync  up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM GTX 1080 OC Yes 9.75 lbs / 4.42 kg
massive and heavy, GSync 120Hz screen with 2560 x 1440 px resolution, RGB Alienware TactX keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 speakers, 68 or 99 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: ~$3099 
Alienware Area 51m 17-inch FHD IPS 60/120 Hz with optional GSync  up to i9-9900K / max 128 GB RAM RTX 2080 OC Yes 8.6 lbs / 3.9 kg
fairly compact for what it is; modular hardware design with upgradeable CPU/GPU, various FHD screen choices, RGB Alienware TactX keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 + HDD, 2.0 speakers, up to 90 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: ~$3499 
Aorus X9 17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync  up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM GTX 1080 Yes 8.1 lbs / 3.7 kg
fairly thin and compact for what it is, GSync 144 screen, mechanical RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.2 speakers, very noisy fans, 94 Wh battery
Price: ~$3899
Asus ROG G703 Series 17.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144 HZ with GSync
up to i9-9980HK OC/ max 128 GB RAM RTX 2080 OC Yes 10.5 lbs / 4.55 kg
reviewed here, chunky, large and heavy; sturdy build quality; RGB keyboard with per-key lighting; 144 Hz FHD screen with G-Sync; up to Core i9 CPU, 4x RAM slots, 2x M.2 storage with Raid + 2.5″ bay; overclocked RTX 2080 200W GPU; 96 Wh battery; 2x 280 W power-supplies; 2.2 sound system
Starting price: from $3699
Asus ROG Strix SCAR III G531
15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz or 240 Hz 3ms
up to i9-9880H / max 64 GB RAM up to RTX 2070 No 5.4 lbs / 2.4 kg
reviewed here, 2019 model; updated design and construction, not as compact as before; 240 Hz 3 ms IPS screen; various hardware configurations, up to Core i9 and RTX 2070 115W; dual storage; improved speakers and cooling over the previous generation; 66 Wh battery; 280W charger for i9 model; i7 configurations available for much less
Starting price: from $2299
Asus ROG Strix SCAR III G731
17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz or 240 Hz 3ms
up to i9-9880H / max 64 GB RAM up to RTX 2070 No 6.4 lbs / 2.9 kg
2019 model; 17-inch variant of the ROG Strix G531; i7 configurations available for much less
Starting price: from $2299 
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700
17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync
up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM RTX 2080 OC Yes 10.4 lbs / 4.7 kg
2019 model; completely unusual detachable form-factor, entirely made out of machined milled aluminum; chunky and heavy; detachable keyboard with 2.5 mm stroke and per-key lit keys; up to Core i9 processor, 4x RAM slots and 3x M.2 NVMe storage with Raid; quad front-firing speakers; 2.5 Gbps Ethernet and Wireless AX; 2x 330 W adapters
Starting price: TBA
ASUS Zenbook Pro Duo UX581 15.6-inch UHD OLED 60 Hz up to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM RTX 2060 Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
reviewed here in a different configuration, 2019 model; slim and excellently crafted, but not as light as the other options; unibody construction; dual-screens, keyboard placed at the bottom; Thunderbolt 3; single storage and soldered RAM; 71Wh battery
Price: from $2499
Clevo PB51RF – Sager NP8453 15.6-inch FHD 144 Hz/240 Hz or UHD 60 Hz up to i9-9980HK / max 64 GB RAM RTX 2070 Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
2019 model; barebone design – highly configurable; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x RAM slots, triple storage, 62 Wh battery; i9 configuration $400 over the i7
Price: from $2099
Dell G7 Gaming 15.6-inch FHD 144 Hz/240 Hz or UHD 60 Hz up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM RTX 2080 MQ Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
2019 model; various screen options; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 storage, 90 Wh battery; i9 configuration $450 over the i7, only available with RTX 2080 MQ graphics
Price: from $2899
Dell Precision 15 7540
15.6-inch matte FHD/UHD IPS
up to i9-9980HK / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 3000 80W Yes 4.6 lbs /2.1 kg
2019 model, workstation 15-inch laptop; full-size sturdy build, multiple screen options, and configurations; up to 97 Wh battery; i9 variant $350 over the i7
Starting price: from ~$2700 on Dell’s website
Dell Precision 17 7740 17.3-inch FHD/UHD, various options up to i9-9880HK / max128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 ? Yes 6.7 lbs / 3.1 kg
2019 model, workstation, 17-inch versions of the Precision 15 5540
Price: from ~$2800 on Dell’s website
HP Omen X 2S 15.6-inch FHD 240 Hz 3 ms up to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 MQ Yes 5.3 lbs / 2.4 kg
2019 model; slim and compact, dual-screens, keyboard placed at the bottom; up to i9 CPU, RTX 2080 GPU, 2x RAM slots, dual-storage; 72Wh battery; i7 /RTX 2070 MQ configurations available from $1899
Price: from $3099
HP ZBook 15 15.6-inch IPS FHD/UHD, various options up to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 3000 80W Yes 5.8 lbs / 2.6 kg
2019 model; workstation 15-inch laptop; sturdy build, keyboard, and complete IO; various screen options; various configurations, up to Core i9 and Xeon processors, 128 GB of RAM, RTX Quadro 3000 graphics and triple storage; up to 90 Wh battery
Price: TBA
HP ZBook 17 17.3-inch IPS FHD/UHD, various options up to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 ? Yes 7.1 lbs / 3.2 kg
2019 model; workstation, 17-inch versions of the ZBook 15; similar specs, but improved cooling, larger 95 Wh battery, 100 percent DCI-P3 display and up to RTX 5000 graphics
Price: TBA
Lenovo ThinkPad P53 15.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various options up to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 80W Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
reviewed here, hardware update of the 2018 model; workstation 15-inch laptop; classic Thinkpad build, keyboard and IO; various screen options, including 4K; various configurations, up to Core i9 and Xeon processors, 128 GB of RAM, RTX Quadro 5000 graphics and triple storage; 90 Wh battery
Price: from $3000
Lenovo ThinkPad P73 17.3-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various options up to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 90W Yes 7.5 lbs / 3.4 kg
reviewed here, hardware update of the 2018 model; workstation, 17-inch versions of the P53;
Price: from $3000
MSI GT75 Titan
17.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync
up to i9-9980HK / max 128 GB RAM RTX 2080 OC Yes 10 lbs/4.6 kg
bulky and heavy; 144 HZ IPS screen with GSync; mechanical backlit RGB keyboard; up to Core i9 processors and multiple storage options, available with RTX 2080 200W graphics; 2.1 speakers; 75 Wh battery, 2x 330W adapters
Starting price: from $3999 
MSI GT76 Titan
17.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144/240 Hz with Optimus
up to i9-9900K / max 128 GB RAM RTX 2080 OC Yes 9.2 lbs/4.2 kg
updated model, smaller than the GT75, but still bulky and heavy; 144 HZ IPS screen, but no GSync; SteelSeries backlit RGB keyboard, not the mechanical from the GT75; up to Core i9 desktop processors and multiple storage options, available with RTX 2080 200W graphics; 2.1 speakers; 75 Wh battery, 2x 230W adapters
Starting price: from $3999

That’s about it for now, but we’re constantly updating these lists of Intel Core i9 performance laptops, so make sure to check back from time to time for the latest additions. And get in touch in the comments section if you have any questions or if you spotted a notebook that should be in here and we haven’t yet added.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

21 Comments

  1. Raphael Torres

    October 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Second table down in the far right title column should read i9-8950HK not i7-8950HK.

  2. juan

    November 23, 2018 at 5:50 am

    You forgot the Thinkpad P52 with up to 128GB RAM.

  3. jon

    January 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

    hey, just a small correction. the thinkpads (p1 and x1 extreme) only have 2 ram slots i believe, that's all. thanks for the list!

  4. Jeff

    January 4, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Says regarding MBPro 15: 1xM.2 PCIe storage – up to 4 GB

    Should say up to 4TB

    Thanks for this round up. Helpful!

  5. javajin

    April 15, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I still find the Mac to be a greater value. Especially the 2018 model with the i9/i7 with 32GB RAM. Superior SSD bandwidth with fusion for virtualization. For those like me who want to run numerous VMs and build data-center parity with shell script support, or even run docker swarms and orchestration in addition to iOS/Android app development, there just isn't a parallel. With brew and top notch shell support, I fail to see the value in other offerings. A lot is possible with Windows too, but it just isn't Unix.

    • Dr William Gilmour

      June 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

      Many thanks; must be digested, moving to Apple is a biggie!
      Should have asked, what windows laptop!

    • let me help you with that

      June 14, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      javajin, x1 extreme has two m.2 slots and that would be a much better solution to running VMs off of a secondary ssd rather than the system and vms competing for available bandwidth.

    • Java Jin

      July 30, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      I retract my earlier statement. I bought a Dell Precision 7730 with a Xeon E-2176M and 64Gb Memory with 2 x 2 TB Samsung PCIe nVme drives. I did have to install cygwin, but my workflow with Vagrant, Docker, vmWare works on the Windows Platform. I am going to adopt this for the next 60 days and see how it goes. Switching platforms is hard work, but I do find value in the Dell Precision line. The hardware is top notch and while the cost is comparable, I do get more flexibility, except the ability to run Xcode! But it doesn't affect me as much.

  6. Karen

    July 6, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Grammar: "should come as no surprise" (not, should come to no surprise)

  7. Name

    July 17, 2019 at 6:09 am

    NEW Precision 7540 can support a Intel® Core™ Processor i9-9980HK around 1600 with no other options

  8. Dave

    July 21, 2020 at 11:04 am

    You might want to look at the System76 Orxy Pro. A linux laptop that you can configure with the i7 or i9 processor.

  9. Steve

    December 26, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Andrei,
    I really appreciate your lists of laptops and above all, your updates to it!
    Just a small question, you have twice Core i9-9980 in one of the lists above, i guess one should read i9-9880 instead of 9980? ?? I was wondering indeed if Core i9-9880 wasn't a 6-core variation of the i9 ??
    All those variations of CPUs are quite confusing.
    Another issue, i have a Asus ROG G752 with i7-7880 and GTX10170 which is very up to date in specs, but the handicap is the CPU with four cores, is there any manufacturer that does updated Mainboards for such machines? I think that is missing in the market, it is a pity to change my 17inch superb display, the GPU is still fine with 8GB, everything works .. just in running multiple Bluestacks windows a bit more CPU support … well had open 15 Bluestacks windows and it shows the GPU is full, and eats also 40GB of my Ram … (i have 64GB) … and the laptop really gets slow … question of life, when to get contented? haha …
    Thanks and continue the good work!
    Happy Holidays!

  10. Steve

    December 27, 2020 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Andrej,

    Just by chance came accross some interesting alternative brand, acquired in 2019 by Corsair:

    https://www.originpc.com/

    Their ultimate laptop beast is the 10-core i9-10900 … a bit similar to the G703 from Asus, also with double adapter (comes in lightweight haha); the good thing is, it looks like their GPU is separate card, so upgradable as long as the form factor fits. Not sure about the CPU.

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 27, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      I don't have any experience with origin laptops, so can't comment on those.

  11. Steve

    December 27, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks Andrei! About 2021 laptops, yes i will wait because some specs are also beyond budget yet, and indeed let's see the 11th generation fight between Intel and AMD how it goes. Sometimes it gets pretty confusing with cores and real benchmarks, both claiming victory every 2 weeks in some tests.

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