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The complete list of Intel Core i9 laptops (9900K, 9880HK and 9980H options)

The complete list of Intel Core i9 laptops (9900K, 9880HK and 9980H options)
By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , last updated on November 25, 2019

If you’re looking for a high-performance laptop, there’s a very good chance you’re considering one of the Core i9 options out there. These are, after all, the most powerful processors you can get on notebooks these days.

There are however a few aspects you should consider when shopping for an Intel Core i9 laptop. First of all, there are different types of i9 notebooks: those built on mobile platforms, and those built on even faster desktop Core K i9s. Of course, mobile hardware is more efficient and better suited for smaller computers, while the high-power desktop i9 will require extra cooling and an overall larger chassis.

Each thermal design plays a crucial role in determining the overall value of an i9 notebook, that’s why it’s important to document your decision. Make sure the cooling can keep the i9 at bay, as otherwise you’re not going to get much in terms of performance and it would be smarter to just stick with the more affordable i7 configurations.

In this article we’ll talk about both the desktop (Core i9-9990K, eight-core, overclockable) and mobile variants (Core i9-9980HK – eight-core, overclockable; Core i9-9980H – eight-core, fixed; Core i9-8950HK – six-core, overclockable, 2018 model). We’ll tell you what to expect from these 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 the i9 configurations.

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

The mobile processors: Core i9-9880H, i9-9980HK, and i9-8950HK

The i9-9880H and i9-9880HK are the newer 9th gen Coffee Lake-R i9s launched in 2019, and we’ve added their technical specs in the table down below, next to the mainstream Intel Core i7s and the 8th gen Core i9. In very few words, 9th gen Coffee Lake-R is just a minor refinement of the existing 8th gen Coffee Lake hardware platform, with CPUs potentially able to reach slightly higher Turbo Boost clock speeds, but only if allowed by the thermal implementation.

However, the Coffee Lake-R i9-9880H and 9880HK get 25% more cores and, threads, being the first eight-core mobile processors, as well as improved cache and support for 128 GB of RAM (you’ll hardly benefit from more than 32 GB even on an i9 configuration, though). Last 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 (we’ll get to that in a bit), and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz of dual-channel RAM.

The Ks at the end of the 8950HK and 9880HK means that these processors get an unlocked multiplier and can be overclocked, which can translate in further performance boosts in laptops with competent thermal designs.

But how about the Core i9-9900K laptops?

The Core i9-9900K is a desktop processor with a much higher TDP, which means it can constantly run at higher clocks in demanding loads and allows more room for overclocking, but also requires a significantly increased effort to keep cool. That’s why the 9900K is 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 normally run at higher TDPs than their 45W stocks in performance laptops, so while you will get improved results with the few i9-9900K models out there, the mobile i9-9980HK variants don’t trail them by a fair margin.

i9-9980HK (Ark)i9-9980H (Ark)i7-9750H (Ark)i9-9900K (Ark)i9-8950HK (Ark)i7-8750H (Ark)i7-7820HK (Ark)
Lithography14+++ nm14+++ nm14+++ nm14+++ nm14++ nm14++ nm14+ nm
TDP45W45W45W95W45W45W45W
Cores/Threads8/168/166/128/166/126/124/8
CPU Base Frequency2.4 GHz2.3 GHz2.6 GHz3.6 GHz2.9 GHz2.8 GHz2.9 GHz
Turbo – All Cores4.7 GHz4.1 GHz4.0 GHz4.7 GHz4.33.9 GHz3.5 GHz
Turbo – 1 Core5.0* GHz4.8 GHz4.5 GHz5.0 GHz4.8* GHz4.1 GHz3.9 GHz
L3 Cache16 MB16 MB12 MB16 MB12 MB9 MB8 MB
Memory
DDR4 – 2666 MhzDDR4 – 2666 MhzDDR4 – 2666 MhzDDR4 – 2666 MhzDDR4 – 2666 MhzDDR4 – 2666 MhzDDR4 – 2400 Mhz
Price$583$556$395$499$583$395$378

Aside for the increased amount of cache compared to the i7s, the i9 Core HK processors also get Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB), which in Intel’s words “opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency by up to 200 MHz if the processor temperature is low enough and turbo power budget is available”. Hence the 4.8/5.0 GHz maximum Turbo Boost (*).

According to Intel’s slides though, the “low enough temperature” is of only 50 C, which means these i9s would only clock to their max 1-Core Turbo sporadically and for very short bursts at the beginning of complex loads, otherwise maxing out at 4.6/4.8 GHz. Even so, the i9s can run faster than the i7s in their generations, as long as the implementation keeps temperatures and throttling at bay.

The big change with the 2019 9th gen Core i9s is the addition of two more cores and threads, which pushes the performance gap from the i7-9750H significantly, given that’s only a 6-Core CPU running at lower clocks. Of course, the performance is going to vary between implementations and SKUs, but the table below gives you a ballpark idea of what to expect in benchmarks:

i7-9750Hi9-9880H mid-sizedi9-9980HK portablei9-9980HK full-sizei9-9900K full-sizei7-8750Hi9-8950HK portablei9-8950HK full-size
3DMark 11 – Physics~13100~15800~1500017983~18500~10800~12700~13700
3DMark – Fire Strike Physics~16600~17700~1900024671~25000~14500~16500~18100
Cinebench R15 CPU1175 cb1593 cb~16002034 cb2022 cb1087 cb1237 cb1356 cb
Cinebench R15 CPU – Single Core180 cb190 cb~900205 cb212 cb175 cb193 cb190 cb
Cinebench R20 CPU~2600 cb~3900 cb~37004861 cb4926 cb~25002379 cb~2700
Geekbench 4.3 64-bit – Single-Core5266 pts5450 ptstba5981 ptstba5138 pts5682 pts5505 pts
Geekbench 4.3 64-bit – Multi-Core23396 pts29800 ptstba33521 ptstba20041 pts24847 pts24132 pts
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 1218.6 fps217 fpstba260.62 fpstba205.69 fps233.8 fps210.88 fps
x264 HD Benchmark 4.0 – Pass 269.6 fps102.39 fpstba118.22 fpstba66.53 fps86.7 fps80.65 fps

These results are based on our findings, as well as on average scores from Notebookcheck.net, which have a larger pool of reviewed notebooks. The 9980HK portable laptop results are based on the ZenBook Duo Pro UX581, and the i9-9900K are based on the MSI GT76 Titan (we’ll update with our own results in the nearby future).

Portable Core i9 laptops

This section includes a list of the portable notebooks that can be configured with a Core i9 mobile processor.

There’s a lot of hype around the i9s not performing as well as expected inside these thin and light laptops, and for the most part that’s true and should come as 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 i9 offers a performance boost over the i7. This is smaller for the older i9-8950HK units, and more significant with the eight-core i9-9880HK and 9880H configurations. You’re still not going to get their full potential inside most of these thinner computers.

That’s why I suggest carefully considering if the i9 configurations are worth the significant premium OEMs ask for in these ultraportables. You should also look for detailed reviews that take a close look at the performance in the scenarios you’re planning to use those notebooks yourselves. For the most part, there’s a very good chance you’ll get better value with the i7s, but there are exceptions where a Core i9 notebook might be better suited for your needs.

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

ModelScreenHardwareGraphicsTB3Weight
Alienware m1515.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz / UHD OLED 60 Hz matte with GSyncup to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 Max-QYes4.8 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 m1717.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144 Hzup to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 Max-QYes5.8 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 1515.4-inch retina 60 Hzup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMRadeon 560X or Vega Pro 16/20Yes4.03 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 PCIe 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 – more details
ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550GD / GE15.6-inch FHD or UHD up to i9-8950HK / max 16 GB RAMGTX 1050/ 1050 TiYes4.2 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 PCIe storage, 71 Wh battery, expect it to be more affordable than the competition
Price: from ~$2000 – more details
ASUS Zenbook Pro UX580GE15.6-inch FHD or UHD up to i9-8950HK / max 16 GB RAMGTX 1050 TiYes4.4 lbs / 2 kg
reviewed here, similar to the UX550, but with a 5.5-inch ScreenPad integrated within the trackpad
Price: from ~$2000 – more details
Dell Precision 15 553015.6-inch UHDup to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAMup to Quadro P2000Yes4.4 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 PCIe 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 (2018)15.6-inch FHD/UHD, various optionsup to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAMGTX 1050 Ti Max-QYes4.4 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 PCIe 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 (2019)15.6-inch FHD/UHD, various options, including OLEDup to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAMGTX 1650 Max-QYes4.4 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 PCIe storage, 97 Wh battery; i9 configuration $300 over the i7
Price: from $2399 – more details
Dell Precision 15 354115.6-inch FHD/UHD, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMQuadro P620No4.4 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 554015.6-inch FHD/UHD, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to Quadro T2000Yes4.4 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 Q817.3-inch – various optionsup to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAMGTX 1070Yes6.6 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 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 66 Wh battery, customizable
Price: from $2299 – more details
Gigabyte Aero 1515.6-inch IPS FHD 144 Hz/ 4K UHD OLED matte with 100% AdobeRGBup to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 Max-QYes4.65 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 1715.6-inch IPS FHD 240 Hz / 4K UHD OLED matte with 100% AdobeRGBup to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAM up to RTX 2080 Max-QYes5.5 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 touchCoffee Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 4 GBYes3.75 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 2xPCIe storage with RAID; 2xTB3 ports; 80 Wh battery
Price: from $1600 – configurations and updated prices
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme gen2 (2019)15.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1650 Ti Max-QYes3.8 lbs / 1.7 kg
updated 2019 model; mostly the same, but with new hardware and new screen options, including 4K UHD OLED
Price: from $$2999 – configurations and updated prices
Lenovo ThinkPad P1 gen2 (2019)15.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAM up to Quadro T2000Yes3.8 lbs / 1.7 kg
workstation version fo the X1 Extreme, with Quadro T1000/T200 graphics
Price: from $$2999 – configurations and updated prices
Origin EVO-17S17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync or UHD IPSup to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAMup to GTX 1070Yes6.6 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 PCIe + 1×2.5″ storage bays, 62 Wh battery, customizable
Price: from $2500
MSI GE75 Raider17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz 3msup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 MQNo5.6 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 Thin15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz 3msup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 MQYes4.2 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 PCIe; 81 Wh battery
Price: from $2899 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GS75 Stealth17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz 3msup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 MQYes5.05 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 PCIe; 81 Wh battery
Price: from $2899 – configurations and updated prices
MSI P65 Creator15.6-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz or 4K IPS 60 Hz with 100% AdobeRGBup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 MQYes4.2 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 – configurations and updated prices
MSI P75 Creator17.3-inch FHD IPS 60 Hzup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 MQYes5.05 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 WS6515.6-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz or 4K UHD IPS 60 Hzup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to Quadro RTX 3000Yes4.2 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 – configurations and updated prices
MSI WS7517.3-inch FHD IPS 60 Hz or 4K UHD IPS 60 Hz with 100% AdobeRGBup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to Quadro RTX 4000Yes5.05 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

Full-size Core i9 notebooks

This section includes the full-size 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.

ModelScreenHardwareGraphicsTB3Weight
Acer Predator Helios 50017.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAMGTX 1070Yes8.8 lbs / 4.00 kg
reviewed here; massive and heavy, FHD GSync 144Hz screen or UHD 4K option, RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 speakers, 74 Wh battery, 330W power brick; one of the most affordable i9 laptops
Price: from $2499 – more details
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 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 99 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: from $2249 – more details
Alienware 1515.6-inch FHD IPS – various optionsup to i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAMGTX 1070 OC/ 1080Yes7.75 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 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 99 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: from $2249 – more details
Alienware 1717.3-inch QHD IPS 120 Hz with GSync up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAMGTX 1080 OCYes9.75 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 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 speakers, 68 or 99 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: ~$3099 – more details
Alienware Area 51m17-inch FHD IPS 60/120 Hz with optional GSync up to i9-9900K / max 128 GB RAMRTX 2080 OCYes8.6 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 PCIe + HDD, 2.0 speakers, up to 90 Wh battery, highly customizable
Price: ~$3499 – more details
Aorus X917.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAMGTX 1080Yes8.1 lbs / 3.7 kg
fairly thin and compact for what it is, GSync 144 screen, mechanical RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.2 speakers, very noisy fans, 94 Wh battery
Price: ~$3899 – more details
Asus ROG G703 Series17.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144 HZ with GSync
up to i9-9980HK OC/ max 128 GB RAM RTX 2080 OCYes10.5 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 – configurations and updated prices
Asus ROG Strix SCAR III G531
15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz or 240 Hz 3ms
up to i9-9880H / max 64 GB RAMup to RTX 2070No5.4 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 – configurations and updated prices
Asus ROG Strix SCAR III G731
17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz or 240 Hz 3ms
up to i9-9880H / max 64 GB RAMup to RTX 2070No6.4 lbs / 2.9 kg
2019 model; 17-inch variant of the ROG Strix G531; i7 configurations available for much less
Starting price: from $2299 – configurations and updated prices
Asus ROG Mothership GZ700
17.3-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync
up to i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAMRTX 2080 OCYes10.4 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 UX58115.6-inch UHD OLED 60 Hzup to i9-9980HK / max 32 GB RAMRTX 2060Yes5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
new 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 support; single storage and soldered RAM (?); 71Wh battery
Price: TBA
Clevo PB51RF – Sager NP845315.6-inch FHD 144 Hz/240 Hz or UHD 60 Hzup to i9-9980HK / max 64 GB RAMRTX 2070Yes5.5 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 Gaming15.6-inch FHD 144 Hz/240 Hz or UHD 60 Hzup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMRTX 2080 MQYes5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
2019 model; various screen options; up to Core i9 CPU, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 PCIe storage, 90 Wh battery; i9 configuration $450 over the i7, only available with RTX 2080 MQ graphics
Price: from $2899 – more details
Dell Precision 15 7540
15.6-inch matte FHD/UHD IPS
up to i9-9980HK / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 3000 80WYes4.6 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 774017.3-inch FHD/UHD, various optionsup to i9-9880HK / max128 GB RAMup to Quadro RTX 5000 ?Yes6.7 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 2S15.6-inch FHD 240 Hz 3 msup to i9-9880H / max 32 GB RAMup to RTX 2080 MQYes5.3 lbs / 2.4 kg
new 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 – configurations and updated prices
HP ZBook 1515.6-inch IPS FHD/UHD, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 3000 80WYes5.8 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 1717.3-inch IPS FHD/UHD, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 ?Yes7.1 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 P5315.6-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 80WYes5.5 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 P7317.3-inch IPS FHD matte or UHD touch, various optionsup to i9-9880H / max 128 GB RAM up to Quadro RTX 5000 90WYes7.5 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 OCYes10 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 – configurations and updated prices
MSI GT76 Titan
17.3-inch matte FHD IPS 144/240 Hz with Optimus
up to i9-9900K / max 128 GB RAM RTX 2080 OCYes9.2 lbs/4.2 kg
newer 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 – configurations and updated prices

That’s about it for now, but we’re constantly updating this list of 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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14 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

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