Complete list of Intel Core i9 laptops (13th-gen Core i9-13980HX, i9-13900HX, i9-13900H) in 2023

Complete list of Intel Core i9 laptops (13th-gen Core i9-13980HX, i9-13900HX, i9-13900H) in 2023
By Andrei Girbea, last updated on January 26, 2023

This article explains the specs and performance of the existing Intel Core i9 laptop platforms and provides a detailed list of all the portable, high-performance, and gaming Core i9 laptops available in stores as of 2023.

We’re discussing the latest Intel 13th-gen Core i9 platforms (Raptor Lake, i9-13980HX to i9-13900H), but also the previous-gen 12th-gen (Alder Lake, i9-12900HX to i9-12900H) hardware and older specs.

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 options available 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 a few things to keep in mind when shopping for an Intel Core i9 computer. First off, there are several different types of i9 notebooks, with as many as 24Cores and 32Threads: those built on mobile platforms, and the select very few built on the desktop-grade Core K i9s. The mobile hardware is now available in the vast majority of laptop designs.

Furthermore, given the amount of power required by the Intel i9 platforms to run at full blast, their overall performance is highly dependent on the engineering and thermal design of each unit, with significant variations between implementations. That’s why it’s important to document your purchase before deciding on this kind of powerful laptop, in order to make sure 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.

But how much faster is an i9 laptop than an i7? Not much at all. As shown in our detailed reviews, there’s a 5-10% difference in single and multi-core performance between i9 and i7 laptops these days, at matching power settings. However, OEMs only offer the highest-tier GPU configurations alongside Core i9 processors, forcing you into an i9 with certain models.

As far as this article goes, we’ll talk about both the desktop (up to Core i9-13900K – 24 Core or Core i9-12900K – 20 Core) and mobile variants (up to the latest 24Core i9-13980HX and 14Core i9-13900H units from 2023, and previous generations) available in laptop formats today. I’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.

Who needs an i9 laptop, btw? As mentioned earlier, users who need a powerful computer for their work or play will do just fine with modern i7 configurations, but if you’re after a top-tier laptop with a powerful GPU, you’ll most likely have to opt for an i9 processor as well.

Down below we’ve compiled a complete list of the notebooks built on the Intel Core i9 mobile platforms, both portable formats and full-size models. You can jump straight to the lists 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 available i9 hardware platforms, followed up by the list of available models.

13th gen (Raptor Lake) Intel Core i9-13980HX to Core i9-13900H

The 13th-gen Raptor Lake Intel mobile platforms are available as of early 2023.

Just like with 12th-gen hardware, the 13th-gen performance platforms are split into two main categories: Core HX (Extreme Performance, 55+W TDP) and Core H (Thin Enthusiast, 45+W TDP).

The HX processors are implemented in full-size work/gaming notebooks, and include the Core i9-13980HX, the Core i9-13950HX, and the Core i9-13900HX. They’re all nearly identical, with minor differences in Max Turbo Frequencies, but otherwise the same hybrid design with 24 Cores (8 Performance Core + 16 Hybrid Cores) and 32 Threads, 36 MB of L3 Cache, and an Intel UHD iGPU.

The H processors are implemented in a wide range of thin-and-light designs, starting at 13-inch ultraportable, and include the Core i9-13900HK, Core i9-13905H, and Core i9-13900H. These are identical in specs and features, with the differences being that the HK offers an unlocked multiplier for overclocking, while the H processors are locked. Furthermore, the 13905H does not support vPro, while the other two do.

Here’s a quick summary of the 13th gen i9 mobile processors next to the previous 12th-gen variants, and then we’ll go over some details below.

Core i9-13980HX Core i9-13900HX Core i9-12900HX Core i9-13900HK Core i9-13900H Core i9-12900H
Lithography Intel 7
Design TDP 55-157W 35-115W
Cores (P+E)/Threads 8+16/32 8+16/32 8+8/24 6+8/20 6+8/20 6+8/20
P-Cores max Turbo 5.6 GHz 5.4 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.4 GHz 5.4 GHz 5.0 GHz
E-Cores max Turbo 4.0 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.6 GHz 4.1 GHz 4.1 GHz 3.8 GHz
Graphics UHD 32 EUs,
up to 1.65 GHz
UHD 32 EUs,
up to 1.55 GHz
Iris Xe 96 EUs,
up to 1.5 GHz
Iris Xe 96 EUs,
up to 1.45 GHz
Cache 36 MB Smart cache 30 MB Smart cache 24 MB Smart cache 24 MB Smart cache
Memory support
DDR4-3200,
DDR5-5600
DDR4-3200,
DDR5-4800
DDR4-3200,
DDR5-5200,
LPDDR5-6400
DDR4-3200,
DDR5-4800,
LPDDR5-5200

Compared to the i9-12900HX from last year, the i9-13950HX from 2023 offers ~10% faster single-thread and gaming performance, but also a boost of between 10-80% in multi-threaded professional work apps such as Blender, Maya, or Autodesk. That’s a result of the extra 8 ECores and Threads, as well as the extra amount of Smart Cache memory.

The i9-13900H and i9-12900H are closer designs, with only an increase in IPC and frequencies for the 13th-gen variant that’s going to translate into an up to 10% boost in capabilities in productivity tasks. The 13th-gen Core H processors also implement the updated Iris Xe iGPU, with XSS Super Sampling and improved efficiency on battery use.

With that in mind, here’s a quick walk down the memory lane of i9 mobile platforms.

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

The Core i9-12900HX (and the exclusive i9-12950HX bin) are the top-tier Intel mobile 2022 processors, as part of the 12th gen Intel Alder Lake hardware platform.

The HX H55 Core i9s have been unveiled later in the year as 16Core hybrid designs, with two extra Performance cores and four extra Threads over the existing H45 i9-12900HK/H CPUs. The HX processors require higher power settings in order to show their strengths, and thus they are only available in a limited number of full-size performance notebooks, while most of the mid-tier and ultraportable designs are built on the HK/H hardware.

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 sustained 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 on 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 provides an increase in processing performance over a P-Core.

alderlake features

12th-gen Intel Alder Lake architecture and design principles

That’s why, with the new design, the extra threads, and the technological updates of the new hardware generation, the i9-12900HK is a significant improvement in performance over the previous i9-11980HK/i9-11900H processors in demanding loads and in games. As for the i9-12900HX processor with the extra cores/threads, that’s even more capable than the regular HK/H mobile i9 in multithreaded CPU loads.

Here’s a quick summary of the 12th gen i9 mobile processors next to the previous 11th-gen variants.

Core i9-12950HX Core i9-12900HX Core i9-12900HK Core i9-12900H Core i9-11980HK Core i9-11900H
Lithography Intel 7 – 10 nm 10 nm
Design TDP 55-175W 35-115W 45+W 35+W
Cores (P+E)/Threads 8+8/24 8+8/24 6+8/20 6+8/20 8/16 8/16
P-Cores max Turbo 5.2 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 5.0 GHz 4.9 GHz
E-Cores max Turbo 3.6 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.8 GHz 3.8 GHz
Graphics UHD Iris Xe 96 EUs Iris Xe 96 EUs
Cache up to 30 MB Smart cache up to 24 MB Smart cache up to 24 MB Smart cache
Memory support
DDR4-3200, DDR5-4800, DDR5-5600 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 11th generation Intel Tiger Lake hardware platform from 2021.

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. The K at the end means that this processor is overclockable, with an unlocked multiplier.

Aside from the higher clock speeds over the i9-10980HK, 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.

The more widespread 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.

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. The Intel 2019-generation 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

How about the Core i9 desktop-grade 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 the beefiest desktop replacement notebooks, while the mobile i9s make their way in a multitude of form factors, both ultraportable and full-size.

OEMs gave up on implementing i9-13900K and i9-12900K processors in recent years, but in the past, there have been some i9-11900K laptops such as the Titan X4K and others.

Core i9 laptop 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).

Note: I’ll update this section with results for the 13th-gen i9 platforms once we get to review them.

For now, I’ve included 12th-gen and 11th-gen platforms in here. More benchmark results are available in each review.

Core i9-12950HX,
150W design,
(ROG Scar 17 SE)
Core i9-12900HX,
120W design,
(2022 Legion 7i)
Core i9-11980HK,
110W design,
(Predator Helios 500)
Core i9-12900H,
90W design,
(2022 ROG Zeph M16)
Core i9-11900H,
70+W design,
(2021 ROG Zeph M16)
3DMark – Fire Strike Physics 36037 35099 26977 29954 25916
3DMark – Time Spy CPU 16138 15165 10976 12864 10447
Blender – Classroom Scene, CPU 4m 05s 4m 33s 8m 9s 5m 11s 8m 51s
Cinebench R20 CPU 8994 cb 8193 cb 5805 cb 6371 cb 5333 cb
Cinebench R20 Single Core 754 cb 737 cb 6065 cb 687 cb 592 cb
Geekbench 5 64-bit – Multi-Core 16258 16004 10312 13993 9459
Geekbench 5 64-bit – Single Core 1880 1870 1622 1870 1622
x265 HD Benchmark 19.79 fps 21.56 fps 26.47s 23.14s 37.38s

The performance gains offered by the 12th-gen i9s with the hybrid designs are significant over any of the 11th-gen i9 implementations.

And here’s a look at the older i9 platforms, in comparison.

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.

High Performance i9 laptops- 13th-gen Intel Core i9-13980HX, Core i9-13900HX CPUs

This section is reserved for the most powerful i9 laptops available in 2023, built on the 13th-gen Raptor Lake HX platform, with i9-13980HX, i9-13950HX, or i9-13900HX processors (24Cores/32Threads).

We’ll start with a list of the HX 16Core/24Thread high-performance models, and then we’ll go over all the other 12th-gen HK/H models. Some lightweight models running in HX hardware are included as well.

 

 

 

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB4 Weight
Acer Predator Helios 16 16-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD 250Hz up to Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4080 165W, MUX Yes 5.8 lbs /2.6 kg
new 2023 model; premium performance laptop; per-key RGB keyboard; QHD miniLED 16:10 display; multiple configurations – up to i9-13980HX + 4090; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 90 Wh battery + 280W charger, dual speakers
Price: –
Acer Predator Helios 18 18-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD 250Hz  up to Core i9-13950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4080 165W, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs /2.8 kg
new 2023 model; 18-inch version of the Helios 16, with larger cooling and a miniLED display
Price: –
Aorus 15X 2023 15.6-inch QHD IPS 240Hz up to Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4070 140W, MUX Yes 5.8 lbs /2.6 kg
2023 refresh of the previous model; per-key RGB keyboard; QHD 16:9 display; multiple configurations – up to i9-13950HX + 4090; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 280W charger, dual speakers
Price: –
Aorus 17X 2023 17.3-inch QHD IPS 240Hz  up to Core i9-13950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs /2.8 kg
2023 refresh of the previous model; per-key RGB keyboard; QHD 16:9 display; multiple configurations – up to i9-13950HX + 4090; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger, dual speakers
Price: –
Alienware m16 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 5.4 lbs /2.45 kg
new 2023 model; premium design with Cherry MX RGB keyboard and several screen options; several configurations, up to i9 + RTX 4090 175 (250W total power design) and AMD Advantage variants; 2x RAM, 4x gen4 SSD; complex quad-fan cooling module; 86 Wh battery, 280W charger, dual-speakers
Price: –
Alienware m18 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 7.3 lbs /3.3 kg
new 2023 model; 18-inch version of the Alienware m16, with larger cooling and 97 WH battery
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 16 G634 16-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 5.5 lbs /2.5 kg
new 2023 model, premium 16-inch performance laptop, per-key RGB keyboard and various screen options, including miniLED; multiple configurations, up to Core i9-13980HX + RTX 4090 with tri-fan cooling module; 90W battery + 330W charger; quad speakers.
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 G834 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 6.9 lbs /3.1 kg
new 2023 model, larger version of the 16-inch Scar 16, without a miniLED display and with an ampler cooling module
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix G16 G614 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 5.5 lbs /2.5 kg
new 2023 model, mid-tier 16-inch performance laptop; simpler design and no RGB, zone RGB keyboard and various IPS screen options; multiple configurations, up to Core i9-13980HX + RTX 4090 with tri-fan cooling module; 90W battery + 330W charger; quad speakers.
Price: –
Asus ROG Strix G18 G814 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 6.9 lbs /3.1 kg
new 2023 model, larger version of the 16-inch Strix G16, with an ampler cooling module
Price: –
Asus ProArt StudioBook Pro 16 H7604 OLED 16-inch 16:10 OLED 3.2K 120Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4070 95W, MUX Yes 5.3 lbs /2.4 kg
new 2023 model, premium design and build; white keyboard and excellent IO, OLED display with optional 3D OLED; i9 and RTX 4070 specs, mid-power design (150W total power); 2x RAM, 2x SSD; 90Wh battery and 240W charger; dual speakers
Price: –
Asus VivoBook Pro 16x K6604 OLED 16-inch 16:10 OLED 3.2K 120Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 4070 120W, MUX Yes 4.4 lbs /2 kg
new 2023 model, lighter than most other options with similar specs; mid-tier design and build; white keyboard and excellent IO, OLED display; i9 and RTX 4070 specs, with dual-fan quad-radiator cooling; 2x RAM, 1x SSD; 90Wh battery and 240W charger; dual speakers
Price: –
Asus ZenBook Pro 16x UX7602 OLED 16-inch 16:10 OLED 3.2K 120Hz up to Core i9-13905H / max 64 GB RAM LPDDR5x-7500 up to RTX 4080 ??W, MUX Yes 4.4 lbs /2 kg
hardware refresh of the 2022 model reviewed here; Premium design and build with movable keyboard tray and AAS cooling system; white keyboard and excellent IO, OLED display with optional 3D OLED; i9 SOM design and up to RTX 4080 specs, vapor chamber cooling; 2x RAM, 2x SSD; 96Wh battery and 200W charger; 6x speakers
Price: –
Dell G15 5530 (2023) 15.6-inch 16:9 IPS QHD 240Hz matte Core i9-13900HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR5-5600 RTX 3000 and 4000 ?? No 5.9 lbs / 2.68 kg
new 2023 design, mid-tier 15-inch chassis with retro looks; 4-zone RGB keyboard; multiple configurations, up to i9 and mid-tier RTX 4000 graphics (to be updated); 56 or 86 Wh battery; dual speakers
Price: from $849 for 3050 model
Dell G16 7630 (2023) 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz matte Core i9-13900HX / max 32 GB RAM DDR5-5600 RTX 4000 ?? Yes 6 lbs / 2.73 kg
new 2023 design, mid-tier 16-inch chassis with retro looks; 4-zone RGB keyboard; multiple configurations, up to i9 and mid-tier RTX 4000 graphics (to be updated); 56 or 86 Wh battery; dual speakers
Price: from $1499 for 4050 model
HP Omen 17 17.3-inch IPS FHD/QHD 165 Hz matte Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W ??, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
2023 refresh of the previous generation, 17-inch performance/gaming laptop; 4-zone RGB keyboard, 16:9 displays; full IO and inputs, multiple configuration options, up to i9 and RTX 4090; 83 Wh battery + 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: –
Lenovo Legion Pro 5i 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240 Hz up to Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4070 140W, MUX No 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
new 2023 design, mid-tier performance notebook; partially metallic build and zone RGG keyboard; multiple configurations – up to i9-13900HX + RTX 4070 (200W total power), with regular heatpipe cooling; easily serviceable; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 80 Wh battery + 280W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $1499 for 4050 model
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240 Hz up to Core i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6000 OC up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
new 2023 design, high-performance notebook; premium metallic build, per-key RGB keyboard; multiple configurations – up to i9-13900HX + RTX 4090 (235W total power), with vapor chamber cooling; easily serviceable; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $1999 for 4060 model
MSI Raider GE68HX 16-inch IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-5600 up to RTX 4070 150W, MUX Yes 5.9 lbs / 2.4 kg
new 2023 model, high-performance 16-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; 16:10 display; up to Core i9 HX and RTX 4070 140W (225W total power), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; 99 Wh battery + 280W charger; 6x speakers
Price: from $2299 for i9 + 4060 – configurations and updated prices
MSI Raider GE78HX 17-inch IPS 16:10 QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 6.9 lbs / 3.1 kg
new 2023 model, high-performance 17-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; 16:10 display; up to Core i9 HX and RTX 4090 175W (250W total power), 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; 6x speakers
Price: from $2999 for i9 + 4080 – configurations and updated prices
MSI Titan GT77HX 13V 17.3-inch miniLED 4K 144Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 7.3 lbs / 3.3 kg
2023 refresh, high-performance 17-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; cherry MX mechanical keyboard; 4K 144Hz miniLED matte screen; up to Core i9 HX CPU + RTX 4090 – 250W total power design, 4x RAM slots, 4xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; quad speakers
Price: $4599 for i9 + 4090  – configurations and updated prices 
Razer Blade 16 16-inch 16:10 miniLED dual-spec UHD/FHD up to Core i9-13950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 5.4 lbs / 2.45 kg
new 2023 model, premium all-purpose laptop; per-key RGB keyboard; 16:10 IPS QHD or miniLED display with dual-spec UHD 120Hz/FHD 240Hz modes; various configurations, up to i9 and RTX 4090 175W, dual-fan cooling, 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs; easily serviceable; 96 Wh battery; quad speakers
Price: from $2699 for i9 + 4060 model
Razer Blade 18 18-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz up to Core i9-13980HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 7.1 lbs / 3.2 kg
new 2023 model, larger variant of the Blade 16, tri-fan cooling, 92 battery, and 6x speakers
Price: from $2899 for i9 + 4060 model
XMG Neo 16,
Eluktronics MECH-16 GP2
16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240 Hz matte  i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6400 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
new 2023 model, 16-inch mid-range design, TongFang barebone gaming laptop; 4-zone RGB or per-key CherryMX mechanical keyboard; 16:10 IPS display; multiple configuration options, up to i9 HX and RTX 4090, 2x RAM, 2x SSD; dual-fan cooling module with Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal on CPU/GPU + optional liquid cooling; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: from 2199 USD/EUR for 4060 configurations
XMG Neo 17,
Eluktronics MECH-17 GP2
17-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240 Hz matte  i9-13900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-6400 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
new 2023 model, 17-inch mid-range design, TongFang barebone gaming laptop; slightly larger version of the 16-inch variant discussed earlier
Price: from 2199 USD/EUR for 4060 configurations
XMG Ultra 17 17.3-inch 16:9 IPS FHD 300Hz or 4K matte  i9-13900HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-6400 up to RTX 4090 175W, MUX Yes 9.9 lbs / 4.5 kg
hardware refresh, 17-inch full-size design, Clevo X370 barebone gaming laptop; multiple configurations, including i9 + RTX 4090, 4x RAM, 3x SSD including 1x gen5 slot, 97 WH battery and dual chargers
Price: –

Portable i9 designs- 13th-gen Intel Core i9-13900HK, Core i9-13900H platforms

And this section is reserved for thin-and-light i9 laptops built on the 13th-gen Raptor Lake H platform, with i9-13900HK or i9-13900H processors (14Cores/20Threads). Some full-size models are included as well.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB4 Weight
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301 13.4-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ touch up to Core i9-13900H / max 16 GB RAM LPDDR5-5200 up to RTX 4060 65W Yes 3.4 lbs /1.55 kg
reviewed here – 2022 model, gaming tablet format with detachable keyboard folio; 13-inch screen size with FHD or QHD 16:10 panel options; up to Core i9 hardware with more powerful RTX graphics with vapor-chamber cooling; compatibility with external eGPUs; only max 16 GB RAM and M.2 2230 SSD; 56 Wh battery + 130W USB-C charger; dual speakers
Price: from $1599 for i7 model – configurations and updated prices
Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 GU603 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz matte up to Core i9-13900H / max 48 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 4070 120W, MUX Yes 4.45 lbs /2 kg
refresh of the 2022 M16 chassis reviewed here; clean magnesium and aluminum build; single-zone RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with narrow bezels and FHD+ 165Hz or QHD+ 240Hz panels; up to i9 and RTX 4070, 8/16 GB of RAM soldered + 1 RAM stick, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery + 240W charger; 6x speakers
Price: – 
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU604 16-inch 16:10 miniLED QHD+ 240Hz matte up to Core i9-13900H / max 48 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 4090 145W, MUX Yes 4.64 lbs /2.1 kg
new 2023 model, a bit thicker and heavier than the previous M16; clean magnesium and aluminum build, with optional Anime Matrix; single-zone RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with miniLED or IPS panels; up to i9 and RTX 4090 145W with updated tri-fan cooling, 2x RAM sticks, 2x M.2 gen4 SSDs; easily serviceable; 90 Wh battery + 280W charger; 6x speakers
Price: – 
Asus ZenBook 14X UX3404 14.5-inch 16:10 OLED 2.8K 120Hz touch up to Core i9-13900H / max 32 GB RAM LPDDR5-4800 up to RTX 3050 4GB, MUX Yes 3.3 lbs /1.5 kg
new 2023 model, premium ultraportable design; good IO and inputs; 16:10 display with OLED panels; Thunderbolt 4; up to i9, RTX 3050 and 32 GB RAM, with dual-fan cooling; 70 Wh battery; 100W USB-C charging; 2x speakers
Price: –
Asus ZenBook Pro 14 UX6404 14.5-inch 16:10 OLED 2.8K 120Hz touch up to Core i9-13900H / max 48 GB RAM LPDDR5-4800 up to RTX 4070 80W, MUX Yes 3.65 lbs /1.65 kg
new 2023 model, premium design, thicker and heavier than other ZenBooks; good IO and inputs; 16:10 display with OLED panels; up to i9, RTX 4070 and max 48 GB RAM, with dual-fan quad-exhaust cooling; 78 Wh battery + 180W charger; 2x speakers
Price: –
MSI Stealth 16 Studio 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 240Hz matte up to Core i9-13900H / max 32 GB RAM DDR5-5600 up to RTX 4070 105W, MUX Yes 4.45 lbs /2 kg
new 2023 model; premium metal design, per-key RGB keyboard and excellent IO; multiple 16:10 display options, up to IPS QHD 240Hz; various configurations, up to i9 and RTX 4070 (mid power implementation), 2x RAM, 2x SSDs; 99 Wh battery + 240W charger; 6x speakers
Price: –
MSI Stealth 17 Studio 17.3-inch 16:9 IPS or miniLED, matte up to Core i9-13900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-5200 up to RTX 4090 105W, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs /2.8 kg
refresh of the 2022 chasiss; premium metal design, per-key RGB keyboard and excellent IO; multiple 16:9 display options, up to 4K miniLED 144Hz; up to i9 and RTX 4090 (mid power implementation), 2x RAM, 2x SSDs; 99 Wh battery + 240W charger; 6x speakers
Price: from $2699 for i9 + 4080 model

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

Some of the previous-gen i9 notebooks have been updated to 12th-gen Intel Alder Lake processors, with either the top-tier H55 i9-12950HX/i9-12900HX in full-size performance laptops, or the standard i9-12900HK/H CPUs in a multitude of other designs, including full-size and thinner ultraportable formats.

We’ll start with a list of the HX 16Core/24Thread high-performance models, and then we’ll go over all the other 12th-gen HK/H models.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB4 Weight
Aorus 17X XE 17.3-inch FHD 360Hz matte up to Core i9-12900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 130W, MUX Yes 6 lbs /2.7 kg
2022 update, 17-inch portable gaming notebook; multiple configurations – up to i9-12900HX at ~86W sustained and 130W RTX graphics; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 280W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2699 EUR for i9 + 3070Ti
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733CX
Special Edition
17.3-inch QHD 240Hz matte up to Core i9-12950HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX Yes 6.6 lbs /3 kg
full-size performance laptop, a beefed-up version of the regular 2022 Scar 17 with a thicker 1.1″ chassis, with vapor chamber cooling, and higher power settings. Implements an overclocked i9-12950HX running at 5.2 GHz max-Turbo and 150W of sustained power on Turbo, plus an RTX 3080Ti 175W. 90W battery + 330W charger. quad speakers.
Price: $3599 for i9 + 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
HP Omen 17 17.3-inch IPS FHD/QHD 165 Hz matte Core i9-12900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W ??, MUX Yes 6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
2022 refresh, 17-inch portable performance/gaming laptop; 4-zone RGB keyboard, 16:9 FHD or QHD 165Hz matte display; full IO and inputs, multiple configuration options, up to i9 and RTX 3080Ti 175W (to be confirmed); 83 Wh battery and 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $2699 for i9 + RTX 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
HP ZBook Studio G9 16-inch 16:10 multiple screen options, Core i9-12900HK / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti or RTX A5500 85W ?? Yes 3.8 lbs / 1.72 kg
2022 refresh – previous gen reviewed here, premium portable workstation design; metal build and multiple configurations – up to i9-12900HK and various RTX GeForce or A-series GPUs (TGP to be confirmed); 2x RAM slots, 2x SSD slots; 86 Wh battery + 200W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $4000 for i9 models
Lenovo Legion 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240 Hz, matte, with GSync up to Core i9-12900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX Yes 5.6 lbs / 2.53 kg
reviewed here – new 2022 design, high-performance gaming notebook; premium metallic build and multiple configurations – up to i9-12900HX at 120W sustained, with vapor chamber cooling; easily serviceable; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 300W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $3699 for i9 + 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
Lenovo ThinkPad P16 16-inch 16:10 multiple screen options, including 4K OLED up to Core i9-12950HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX A5500 100W ?? Yes 6.5 lbs / 2.95 kg
2022 design, workstation notebook; metal build and multiple configurations – up to i9-12950HX and various RTX A series GPUs; 4x RAM slots, 2x SSD slots; 94 Wh battery + 230W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2999 for i9 + A3000 – configurations and updated prices 
MSI CreatorPro X17 17.3-inch UHD IPS 120Hz up to Core i9-12900HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX A5500 175W Yes 7.3 lbs / 3.3 kg
2022 design, workstation variant of the Titan GT77 chassis; metal build; per-key RGB keyboard and 4K 120Hx screen; available in multiple configurations – up to i9-12900HX and various RTX A series GPUs, up to A5500 175W; 4x RAM slots, 4x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; quad speakers
Price: from $3599 for i9 + A3000 – configurations and updated prices 
MSI Raider GE67HX 15.6-inch QHD OLED 240Hz up to Core i9-12900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX No 5.3 lbs / 2.42 kg
2022 model, high-performance 15-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; OLED 240Hz display with 100% DCI-P3; up to Core i9 HX CPU – 110W sustained and RTX 3080Ti 175W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: $3799 for i9 + 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
MSI Raider GE77HX 17.3-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms, QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900HX / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX No 6.6 lbs / 3 kg
2022 refresh, high-performance 17-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; multiple screen options; up to Core i9 HX CPU – 110W sustained and RTX 3080Ti 175W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; quad speakers
Price: $3799 for i9 + 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
MSI Titan GT77HX 12U 17.3-inch 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX No 7.3 lbs / 3.3 kg
2022 refresh, high-performance 17-inch gaming notebook; premium metallic build and RGB elements; only available with 4K 120Hx matte screen; up to Core i9 HX CPU – 125W sustained and RTX 3080Ti 175W, 4x RAM slots, 4xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + 330W charger; quad speakers
Price: $3999 for i9 + 3080Ti  – configurations and updated prices 

And here are all the other laptops built on the 12th-gen i9-12900HK and i9-12900H 12Core/20Thread platform.

Model Screen Hardware Graphics TB4 Weight
Acer Predator Triton 500 SE 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165/240Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 100W, MUX Yes 5.1 lbs /2.3 kg
reviewed here, 2022 update; clean magnesium and aluminum build; RGB backlit keyboard; 16:10 display with narrow bezels and 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: $2999 for i9 + RTX 3080Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Aorus 17 17.3-inch FHD 360Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 130W, MUX Yes 6 lbs /2.7 kg
2022 update, 17-inch portable gaming notebook; multiple configurations – up to i9-12900H and RTX 3800Ti 130W; 2x RAM and 2x SSD slots; 99 Wh battery + 280W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2899 EUR for i9 + 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
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
reviewed here – 2022 model, 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 $1599 for i7 model – configurations and updated prices
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, MUX Yes 5.2 lbs /2.35 kg
reviewed here – full-size performance laptop, hardware refresh of the 2021 design; metal and plastic build 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 $1599 for i9 + RTX 3060 model  – configurations and updated prices
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, MUX Yes 6.1 lbs /2.75 kg
reviewed here – 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 $2299 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti  – configurations and updated prices
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 3070Ti Laptop 120W, MUX Yes 4.5 lbs /2.05 kg
reviewed here – 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 $1949 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Asus ZenBook 14X Space Edition 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
reviewed here – 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: $1999 for Space Edition model – configurations and updated prices
Dell Alienware m15 R7 15.6-inch, multiple screen options Core i9-12900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 140W, MUX Yes 5.4 lbs / 2.5 kg
hardware update of the 2021 full-size design; RGB keyboard; FHD/QHD screen options; up to Core i9-12900H CPU, RTX 3080Ti Laptop 140W graphics, 2x memory, 2x M.2 SSDs; 86 Wh battery + 240 W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2399 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Dell Alienware X15 R2 15.6-inch, multiple screen options Core i9-12900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 140W, MUX Yes 5 lbs / 2.3 kg
hardware update of the 2021 premium portable design; RGB keyboard; FHD/QHD/UHD screen options; up to Core i9-12900H CPU, RTX 3080Ti Laptop 140W graphics, 2x memory, 2x M.2 SSDs; 87 Wh battery + 240 W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2949 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Dell Alienware X17 R2 17.3-inch, multiple screen options Core i9-12900HK  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX Yes 7.1 lbs / 3.2 kg
hardware update of the 2021 premium portable design; RGB keyboard with mechanical CherryMX option; FHD/QHD/UHD screen options, including FHD 480Hz and UHD 120Hz; up to Core i9-12900HK CPU, RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W graphics, 2x memory, 2x M.2 SSDs; 87 Wh battery + 330 W charger, quad speakers
Price: from $2749 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Dell G15 Gaming 5520 15.6-inch IPS FHD 120Hz or QHD 240Hz matte Core i9-12900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3070Ti Laptop 125W ??, MUX Yes 5.6 lbs / 2.56 kg
hardware update of the 2021 mid-tier design; orange or zone RGB keyboard; FHD/QHD screen options; up to Core i9-12900H CPU and RTX 3070Ti 125W (to be confirmed), 2x memory, 2x M.2 SSDs; 86 Wh battery + 240 W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $1999 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Dell G16 Gaming 7620 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD 165Hz matte Core i9-12900H  / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3070Ti Laptop 140W ??, MUX Yes 5.4 lbs / 2.45 kg
2022 mode, mid-tier design; orange or zone RGB keyboard; QHD screen; up to Core i9-12900H CPU and RTX 3070Ti 140W (to be confirmed), 2x memory, 2x M.2 SSDs; 86 Wh battery + 240 W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $2199 for i9 + RTX 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Dell XPS 15 9520 15.6-inch 16:10 FHD+ matte, UHD+ or 3.5K OLED touch up to i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3050Ti Laptop 40W 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 $2049 for i9 + RTX 3050 – configurations and updated prices
Dell XPS 17 9720 17-inch 16:10 FHD+ matte/UHD+ touch up to i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3060 Laptop 60W 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 $2449 for i9 + RTX 3050 – configurations and updated prices
Eluktronics Max 15 15.6-inch QHD 240Hz matte Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 165W Yes 3.9 lbs / 1.75 kg
15-inch lightweight barebone design, available from multiple brands; RGB keyboard and QHD screen, multiple configuration options – up to i9 + 3080 165W, 2x RAM, 2x SSDs ; 62 Wh battery and 280W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $2699 for i9 + RTX 3080 – configurations and updated prices
Eluktronics Max 17 17.3-inch QHD 240Hz matte Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 165W Yes 5.1 lbs / 2.25 kg
17-inch lightweight barebone design, available from multiple brands; RGB keyboard and QHD screen, multiple configuration options – up to i9 + 3080Ti 165W, 2x RAM, 2x SSDs ; 91 Wh battery and 280W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $3199 for i9 + RTX 3080 – configurations and updated prices
Eluktronics Mech 15 15.6-inch QHD 240Hz matte Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W Yes 4.7 lbs / 2.15 kg
15-inch mid-tier barebone design, available from multiple brands; mechanical RGB keyboard and QHD screen, multiple configuration options – up to i9 + 3080Ti 175W, external liquid cooling add-on, 2x RAM, 2x SSDs; 94 Wh battery and 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $3199 for i9 + RTX 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
Eluktronics Prometeus VIII 17.3-inch QHD 240Hz matte Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W Yes 5.9 lbs / 2.7 kg
17-inch mid-tier barebone design, available from multiple brands; RGB keyboard and QHD screen, multiple configuration options – up to i9 + 3080Ti 175W, external liquid cooling add-on, 2x RAM, 2x SSDs; 62 Wh battery and 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $2699 for i9 + RTX 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
Gigabyte Aero 16 16-inch 16:10 4K+ OLED glossy Core i9-12900H / 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+ AMOLED display with 100% DCI-P3 color coverage; full IO and inputs, multiple configuration options, 99.9 Wh battery and 230W charger
Price: from $2599 for i9 + RTX 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
Gigabyte Aero 17 17.3-inch 4K 120Hz 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 a similar design as the Aero 16, but with matte display and a 16:9 miniLED panel; similar inputs, IO and specs, 99.9 Wh battery and 230W charger
Price: from $3699 for i9 + RTX 3080Ti – configurations and updated prices
HP Envy 16 16.1-inch 16:10 QHD+ 120 Hz matte/touch or UHD+ OLED Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3060 Laptop 95W Yes 5 lbs / 2.25 kg
2022 model, 16-inch all-purpose portable design; matte/touch QHD panel or touch UHD+ OLED option; multiple configuration options, up to i9 and RTX 3060 95W, with vapor chamber cooling; 2x RAM and 2x SSDs; 83 Wh battery and 150W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $1899 for i9 + RTX 3060 – configurations and updated prices
HP Omen 16 16.1-inch 16:9 IPS QHD 165 Hz matte Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3070Ti Laptop 115W Yes 5.1 lbs / 2.3 kg
2022 refresh, 16-inch all-purpose laptop design, RGB keyboard, 16:9 165Hz matte display; full IO and inputs, multiple configuration options, up to i9 and RTX 3070Ti; 83 Wh battery and 230W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $1799 for i9 + RTX 3060 – configurations and updated prices
HP ZBook Fury 16 16-inch 16:10 multiple screen options, Core i9-12950HX / max 128 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX A5500 115W ?? Yes 5.3 lbs / 2.4 kg
2022 refresh, full-size workstation design; metal build and multiple configurations – up to i9-12950HX and various RTX A series GPUs (TGP to be confirmed); 4x RAM slots, 4x SSD slots; 95 Wh battery + 230W charger, dual speakers
Price: from $4000 for i9 models
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro 16-inch 16:10 IPS QHD+ 165-240 Hz, matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080 Laptop 165W, MUX 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: available in Europe, i7 only in NA
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i 16-inch 16:10 IPS or miniLED, matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3070 Laptop 100W, MUX Yes 4.8 lbs / 2.2 kg
reviewed here – new 2022 design, portable all-purpose notebook design; premium metallic build and multiple hardware/screen configurations; 99 Wh battery, dual speakers
Price: available in Europe, i7 only in NA
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme gen 5 16-inch 16:10, multiple screen options up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 110W, MUX Yes 4 lbs / 1.8 kg
classic ThinkPad design and build, compact and lightweight form factor for what it is; backlit keyboard; FHD+ to UHD+ IPS screens; multiple configurations, up to i9 + RTX 3080Ti 110W, 2x RAM slots and M.2 storage; 90 Wh battery; up-firing speakers
Price: from $3199 for i9 + 308oTi model
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 gen 5 16-inch 16:10, multiple screen options up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX A5500 110W, MUX Yes 4 lbs / 1.8 kg
workstation variant of the X1 Extreme, with extra configuration options, including touchscreen or RTX A-series pro graphics
Price: from $3499 for i9 models
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 Pulse GL66 15.6-inch FHD 144 Hz or QHD 240Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3070Ti Laptop 140W, MUX No 5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
mid-tier performance and gaming notebook, hardware update of the 2021 design; zone RGB keyboard, FHD 144Hz or QHD 240Hz 3ms screens; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3070Ti 140W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; 90 Wh battery + 240W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $1699 for i9 + 3060 – configurations and updated prices
MSI Raider GE66 15.6-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms or QHD 240Hz or 4K 120Hz up to Core i9-12900HK / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 150W, MUX Yes 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 3080Ti Laptop 150W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; easily serviceable; 99 Wh battery + up to 300W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $2699 for i9 + 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
MSI Raider GE76 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, MUX Yes 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 $3199 for i9 + 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
MSI Vector GP76 17.3-inch FHD 240 Hz or QHD 240Hz matte up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR4-3200 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 175W, MUX No 6.5 lbs / 2.9 kg
high-tier performance and gaming notebook, 2022 model – 2nd tier option after Raider; per-key RGB keyboard, FHD 240Hz or QHD 240Hz 3ms screens; up to Core i9 CPU and RTX 3080Ti 175W, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe; 65 Wh battery + 330W charger; dual speakers
Price: from $2549 for i9 + 3070Ti – configurations and updated prices
MSI Stealth GS66 15.6-inch FHD IPS 360Hz 3ms, QHD 240Hz up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W, MUX Yes 4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg
hardware update of the previous GS66 design
Price: from $2699 for i9 + 3070Ti model
MSI Stealth GS77 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, MUX Yes 5.7 lbs / 2.6 kg
2022 ultraportable design, black theme and fast screens
Price: from $2799 for i9 + 3070Ti model – configurations and updated prices
Razer Blade 15 15.6-inch QHD OLED 240Hz or UHD 4K 144Hz IPS up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 105W, MUX Yes 4.4 lbs /2.0 kg
reviewed here, slight refresh of the 2021 ultra-compact design; aluminum build; per-key RGB keyboard; 16:9 display with narrow bezels and QHD 240Hz OLED or 4K IPS 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 $3699 for i9 + 3070Ti model
Razer Blade 17 17.3-inch IPS QHD 240Hz or UHD 4K 144Hz up to Core i9-12900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3080Ti Laptop 130W, MUX Yes 5.5 lbs /2.5 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 $3899 for i9 + 3070Ti model

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

This section the previous-gen i9-11900H and i9-11980HK laptops that are still available in stores right now.

Keep in mind that most of these are most likely available on sales, if you can still find them. Follow this link for the latest selection of available 11th-gen Core i9 laptops.

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
Dell XPS 15 9510 (2021) 15.6-inch 16:10 FHD+ matte, UHD+ or 3.5K OLED touch up to i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3050Ti Laptop 40W 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 $1899 if still available
Dell XPS 17 9710 (2021) 17-inch 16:10 FHD+ matte/UHD+ touch up to i9-11900H / max 64 GB RAM DDR5-4800 up to RTX 3060 Laptop 60W 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 $2199 if still available
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
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
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
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, MUX 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
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
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
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
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

You’ll most likely still find older 10th-gen i9 laptops in store, and they might be worth considering if at a significant discount.

However, if the performance in demanding loads and games matters to you, your money is most likely best spent on a newer laptop with mid-tier specs rather than on an older model with an i9 processor, such as an i7 12th-gen + RTX 3060/3070 configuration of the 2021/2022 generations. With these older 10th-gen laptops, the i9 processors are still powerful for most tasks, but the RTX 2000 series GPUs available at the time are no longer as competitive as the newer chips.

As we go even further down the line with 9th-gen and 8th-gen Intel i9 platforms, you’re now looking at 3+ year-old technology and only worth considering if you’re on a very tight budget or planning on buying a used/refurbished laptop. I wouldn’t look at full-size notebooks of that era, but some of the ultraportable designs of the time might make sense, such as the Asus Zenbook Pros, Dell XPS 15 7590 , MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, or even the i9 Apple MacBook Pro 16.

Wrap-up

That’s about it for this article on Intel Core i9 performance and gaming laptops built on the latest 13th-gen (Raptor Lake) and 12th-gen (Alder Lake) platforms.

We’re constantly updating these lists, 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.

Furthermore, if interested in modern performance laptops, you’ll most likely find this article that goes over the AMD Ryzen 9 models just as interesting, as well as this article that discusses the best performance/gaming ultraportable designs available in stores.

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Andrei Girbea, author at Ultrabookreview.com
Article by: Andrei Girbea
Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief. I've a Bachelor's in Computer Engineering and I've been covering mobile technology since the 2000s. You'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site, as well as some occasional first-impression articles.

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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