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 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 HS 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.
So first off, here’s a quick specs sheet of the Zen 2 Ryzen H 7 and 9 processors:
|Ryzen 9 4900H
||Ryzen 9 4900HS||Ryzen 7 4800H||Ryzen 7 4800HS|
|Build process||7 nm||7 nm||7 nm||7 nm|
|Generation||Zen 2||Zen 2||Zen 2||Zen 2|
|TDP||45 W||35 W||45 W||35 W|
|CPU Base Frequency||3.3 GHz||3.0 GHz||2.9 GHz||2.9 GHz|
|CPU Max Turbo||4.4 GHz||4.3 GHz||4.2 GHz||4.2 GHz|
|L3 Cache||8 MB||8 MB||8 MB||8 MB|
||DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
|DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
|DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
|DDR4 3200 MHz,
LPDDR4X 4266 MHz
|Graphics||Radeon Vega, 8 CUs||Radeon Vega, 8 CUs||Radeon Vega, 7 CUs||Radeon Vega, 7 CUs|
|Graphics Speed||up to 1750 MHz||up to 1750 MHz||up to 1600 MHz||up to 1600 MHz|
|Processing Power||1.79 TFLOPs||1.79 TFLOPs||1.43 TFLOPs||1.43 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. 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.
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 or 4900H 45W APU
This section is reserved for the lightweight and portable products built on either the full-power Ryzen 9 4900H 45W or the more efficient 35W Ryzen 9 4900HS implementation.
|Asus ROG Zephyrus G14||14-inch FHD IPS 120 Hz / WQHD IPS 60 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900HS / max 40 GB DDR4 RAM||up to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)||No||3.55 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 ROG Zephyrus G15||15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz / 240 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900HS / max 40 GB DDR4 RAM||up to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)||No||4.45 lbs / 2 kg|
|detailed review here (of 4800HS configuration), 2020 hardware update; portable and lightweight, mostly plastic build; single-zone white backlit keyboard; several screen options; 1x memory slot (+ 8 GB RAM soldered), single M.2 NVME storage slot; 76 Wh battery, 180W charger, USB-C charging also supported|
|Price: $1599 – updated configurations and prices|
|Lenovo Legion Slim 7||15.6-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz / UHD IPS 60 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900H / max 32 GB DDR4 RAM||up to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)||No||3.95 lbs / 1.8 kg|
|new 2020 model; portable and lightweight aluminum build; single-zone white or optional RGB keyboard; several screen options, including FHD 144 Hz or UHD with 100% AdobeRGB coverage; soldered memory, single M.2 NVME storage slot; 71 Wh battery, up to 230W charger|
|Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro||14-inch 2K 16:10 IPS 90 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900H / max 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM||up to Radeon Vega 8||No||3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg|
|new 2020 model; portable and lightweight aluminum build; single-zone white keyboard; two screen options: 2.2K and 2,8K 16:10 format with 100% sRGB and up to 400-nits of brightness; soldered memory, M.2 NVME storage slot, no dedicated graphics; 61 Wh battery|
|Price: from 799 EUR in EMEA|
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 that part of this is based on rumors at this point, and these Ryzen 9 4900H are not yet available in stores at the time of this update.
|Asus TUF A15 FA506||15.6-inch FHD IPS 60Hz/144 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900H / max 32 GB DDR4 RAM||up to RTX 2060 OC (90W)||No||4.9 lbs / 2.22 kg|
|reviewed here; 2020 model; plastic build with aluminum lid; RGB backlit keyboard with NumPad; multiple configurations available, starting from Ryzen 5 4600H and GTX 1650 graphics; 2x memory slots, 2x M.2 PCIe x4 storage slots; 48 or 90 Wh battery|
|Price: from $999 (for lower-tier configurations), $1399 for Ryzen 9/RTX 2060 model|
|Asus TUF A17 FA706||17.3-inch FHD IPS 60Hz/144 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900H / max 32 GB DDR4 RAM||up to GTX 1660Ti (80W)||No||5.5 lbs / 2.45 kg|
|2020 model; 17-inch variant of the A15 above|
|Price: from $999 (for lower-tier configurations), $1399 for Ryzen 9/GTX 1660Ti model|
|Dell G5 15 SE||15.6-inch FHD IPS 60Hz/144 Hz matte||up to Ryzen 9 4900H / max 32 GB DDR4 RAM||AMD RX 5600M||No||5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg|
|new 2020 model; plastic build; 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 68 Wh battery|
|Price: from $879 (for lower-tier configurations)|
Please keep in mind that we’re constantly working on updating these lists and adding new products as they are released, but errors might slip in despite our best effort to keep things accurate. If you spot any mistake or any product that should be in here and is not, please get in touch in the comments section down below.
Furthermore, if you’re interested in the wider range of Ryzen 7 4800H/4800HS mid-range laptops that are available in stores these days, you’ll find them listed in this separate detailed article. Furthermore, we’ve also reviewed most of the available Ryzen 4000 products here on the site, as well as compared the performance and benchmarks of the several Ryzen H processors and their Intel counterparts in these articles: one and two.