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AMD Ryzen 9 4900H/4900HS laptops – benchmarks and complete list of notebooks

By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , last updated on May 15, 2020

While the AMD Zen 2 architecture was unveiled at CES 2020, the top lineup of Ryzen 9 H processors have been left out of the initial announcement and only officially launched as of mid-March 2020.

That includes the standard 45W variant dubbed Ryzen 9 4900H, as well as a more efficient 35W Ryzen 9 4900HS bin of the same processor, meant to deliver nearly the same kind of performance, but within a more efficient power envelope.

We’re not going to discuss benchmark results in this article, but you can find our detailed review of the Ryzen 9 4900HS powered Zephyrus G14 via this link, and we’ll update once more 4900HS and 4900H options are available.

Instead, we’ll tell you what to expect from the Ryzen 9 APUs and how they differ from the existing Ryzen 7 4800H/4800HS mid-range variants, as well as compile a detailed list of all the available Ryzen 9 4900H/4900HS laptops that you’ll find in stores in the months to come.

AMD Ryzen 9 4900H processor

So first off, here’s a quick specs sheet of the Zen 2 Ryzen H 7 and 9 processors:

Ryzen 9 4900H
Ryzen 9 4900HSRyzen 7 4800HRyzen 7 4800HS
Build process7 nm7 nm7 nm7 nm
GenerationZen 2Zen 2Zen 2Zen 2
TDP45 W35 W45 W35 W
Cores/Threads8/168/168/168/16
CPU Base Frequency3.3 GHz3.0 GHz2.9 GHz2.9 GHz
CPU Max Turbo4.4 GHz4.3 GHz4.2 GHz4.2 GHz
L3 Cache8 MB8 MB8 MB8 MB
Memory Type
DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
GraphicsRadeon Vega, 8 CUsRadeon Vega, 8 CUsRadeon Vega, 7 CUsRadeon Vega, 7 CUs
Graphics Speedup to 1750 MHzup to 1750 MHzup to 1600 MHzup to 1600 MHz
Processing Power1.79 TFLOPs1.79 TFLOPs1.43 TFLOPs1.43 TFLOPs

In very few words, Ryzen 9 APUs are very similar to their Ryzen 7 counterparts, with a few small differences:

  • slightly higher Base and Turbo clock counts;
  • improve Radeon Vega graphics, with +1 CU, +150 Mhz frequency and +20% processing power.

The number of cores and threads, Cache, memory support, or PCIe lanes are identical between the two, as well as the slew of optimizations and improvements the Zen 2 platform offers over the previous Zen 3000 lineup.

That being said, Ryzen 9 APUs might not seem like much of an upgrade over the Ryzen 7 models, especially since the GPU part shouldn’t weigh much in this case, as pretty much all Ryzen 9 configurations will include a dedicated dGPU that will negate the iGPU’s impact in demanding graphics loads.

However, there are a few other aspects to consider here. There’s a good chance Ryzen 9 platforms will be implemented into higher-tier products, where Ryzen 7 configurations might not be offered. Then, OEMs will most likely offer variable power profiles for these APUs and allow them to run at higher TDPs when needed, thus return improved performance, and we might see better optimization on those higher-tier higher-margin Ryzen 9 configurations. Furthermore, pricing is going to be important: a big gap between 4800H and 4900H configurations will make the latter a hard-sell, but a smaller increase and customers will favor the 9s just to get the higher-tier product and gladly pay a small premium for it.

Anyway, we’ll know more about the real value-increase of these Ryzen 9 4900H and 4900HS APUs once SKUs are launched and we get to test a few of them. They’ve been announced for Q2 2020 from multiple OEMs including Asus, Dell, Acer or Lenovo, so you’ll have to wait, especially with the current delays caused by the COVID-2019 outbreak. For what is worth, though, AMD’s marketing materials claim solid productivity and gaming results for the Zephyrus G14 in the Ryzen 9 4900 HS + RTX 2060 65W (Max-Q) configuration, as illustrated below, but these are AMD’s test results and should be taken with a grain of salt until they’re verified by our tests (and other reputable 3rd party reviewers).

Update: Our detailed review of the Ryzen 9 4900HS powered Zephyrus G14 is available via this link.

Ryzen 9 4900HS productivity and multi-threaded benchmarks

Ryzen 9 4900HS gamign tests

For now, here are the lists of rumored or announced Ryzen 9 4900HS and Ryzen 9 4900H notebooks. This is a work in progress and we’re constantly updating it with new entries as they are launched, so if you spot something that should be in here and is not, please tell us about it in the comments sections at the end of the post.

Portable laptops with Ryzen 9 4900HS 35W APU

This section is reserved for the lightweight and portable products built on the more efficient 35W Ryzen 9 4900HS implementation.

ModelScreenHardwareGraphicsTB3Weight
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV14-inch FHD IPS 120 Hz / WQHD IPS 60 Hz matteup to Ryzen 9 4900HS / max 40 GB DDR4 RAMup to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)No3.55 lbs / 1.6 kg
detailed review here and here, new 2020 model; portable and lightweight, magnesium build; single-zone white backlit keyboard; several screen options, including FHD IPS 120 Hz or WQHD IPS 60 Hz panels; 1x memory slot(+ 8 GB RAM soldered), single M.2 NVME storage slot; configurations with Ryzen 5 and 7/ GTX 1660Ti 65W GPU also available; 76 Wh battery, 180W charger, USB-C charging also supported
Price: $1499 – updated configurations and prices

Asus have exclusive access to the AMD Ryzen HS hardware for the time being (up to Q3 2020), and we’ll update once more Ryzen 9 4900HS ultraportables are available.

Full-size laptops with Ryzen 9 4900H 45W APU

This section includes the full-size notebooks built on the 45W Ryzen 9 4900H hardware platform. Keep in mind this list is based on rumors at this point, and these Ryzen 9 4900H are not yet available in stores at the time of this update.

ModelScreenHardwareGraphicsTB3Weight
Dell G15 15 SE 15.6-inch FHD IPS 60Hz/144 Hz matteup to Ryzen 9 4900H / max 32 GB DDR4 RAMup to AMD RX 5600MNo4.96 lbs / 2.25 kg
new 2020 model; 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad; multiple configurations available, starting from Ryzen 5 4600H, all with RX 5600M graphics; 2x memory slots, 2x M.2 PCIe x2 storage slots; 51 or 64 Wh battery
Price: TBA

Please keep in mind that these are early listings, some of them based on rumors and leaks, thus errors might slip in despite our best effort to keep things accurate and updated.

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

6 Comments

  1. John Torset

    March 17, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I plan to purchase a 4900 laptop this summer but not with a Nvidia graphics card in it, that is a no go. Hope is that some makers will make a dual AMD laptop with all the top mobile parts available included. I.e. CPU, GPU, screen, nvme, battery, power supply, cooling solution etc.

    • Andrei Girbea

      March 17, 2020 at 6:46 pm

      So far Dell are the only ones to announce a full AMD laptop, with the G5 Special Edition. Problem is that the current AMD GPUs might no be able to compete with existing Nvidia and future Nvidia Super versions in the mobile space, so your best bet might still be with an AMD + Nvidia combo. We'll see.

  2. Chris

    March 30, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Your chart for the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV says it has TB3 support when it doesn't. I wish it did!

  3. Tom

    May 19, 2020 at 4:45 am

    The complete list of 1 laptop and 1 TBA lol

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