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While the Zen 2 architecture of AMD was unveiled at CES 2020, the top line of the Ryzen 9H processors was omitted from the first announcement and not officially unveiled until mid-March 2020.
This includes the standard 45-watt version of the Ryzen 9 4900H, as well as the more efficient 35-watt container of the Ryzen 9 4900HS from the same processor, which offers almost the same performance with greater efficiency.
We will not discuss the test results in this article, but you can find our in-depth review of the Zephyrus G14 powered by the Ryzen 9 4900HS at this link, and we will review the available options of the 4900HS and 4900H.
Instead, we’ll tell you what to expect from the Ryzen 9 HS APUs and how they differ from the existing mid-range Ryzen 7 4800H/4800HS variants, as well as a detailed list of all available Ryzen 9 4900H/4900HS laptops you’ll find in stores over the coming months.
So first a short specification of the Zen 2 Ryzen H 7 and 9 processors:
|Rysen 9 4900H||Ryzen 9 4900HS||Ryzen 7 4800H||Ryzen 7 4800HS|
|Construction 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|
|Processor 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|
|Cache L3||8 MB||8 MB||8 MB||8 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
|Graph||Radeon Vega, 8cc.||Radeon Vega, 8cc.||Radeon Vega, seven units.||Radeon Vega, seven units.|
|Graphical speed||up to 1750 MHz||up to 1750 MHz||up to 1600 MHz||up to 1600 MHz|
|Processing capacity||1.79 TFLOPs||1.79 TFLOPs||1.43 TFEO||1.43 TFEO|
In a few words, the 9 Ryzen APUs are very similar to their Ryzen 7 counterparts, with some small differences:
- The Base and Turbo watches are shown above;
- Improved Radeon Vega graphics, with +1 CU, +150 MHz frequency and +20% processing power.
The number of cores and wires, cache, memory or PCIe support are both identical, as are the many optimizations and improvements the Zen 2 platform offers over the previous Zen 3000 series.
That said, the Ryzen 9 APU doesn’t seem to be a huge improvement over the Ryzen 7, especially since the GPU component shouldn’t weigh much in this case, as almost all Ryzen 9 configurations will include a special dGPU that will cancel out the impact of the iGPU during the demanding graphics workload.
However, there are other aspects we need to take into account. Chances are that Ryzen 9 platforms will be used in high-end products where Ryzen 7 configurations should not be offered. Second, OEMs are likely to offer variable power profiles for these APUs, allowing them to operate at higher TDPs if desired, resulting in superior performance, and we may see better optimization on these high-end Ryzen 9 configurations. Price is also important: The big difference between the 4800H and the 4900H means that the latter will be difficult to sell, but will have lower growth, and buyers will prefer the 9th just to get a better product, and will be happy to pay a small premium for it.
Either way, we will know more about the actual cost increase of these Ryzen 9 4900H and 4900HS APUs once the SKUs are on the market and we will be able to test some of them. They are announced for the second quarter of 2020 by various OEMs such as Asus, Dell, Acer and Lenovo. However, AMD’s sales literature claims that the Zephyrus G14 in a Ryzen 9 4900 HS + RTX 2060 65W (Max-Q) configuration has high performance and good playing results as shown below, but these are AMD’s test results and should be taken with a grain of salt until our tests (and other reputable third party sources) verify it.
Update : Our detailed review of the Zephyrus G14 with Ryzen 9 4900HS can be found on this link.
In the meantime, here are the lists of Ryzen 9 4900HS and Ryzen 9 4900H laptops announced for sale or rumored to be for sale. This list is still under development and will be continuously updated with new items. So if you notice something that should be there but isn’t, let us know in the comments at the end of the article.
Notebooks with Ryzen 9 4900HS 35W or 4900H 45W APU
This section is intended for light and portable products based on the Ryzen 9 4900H 45W motor or the more efficient Ryzen 9 4900HS 35W motor.
|Asus ROG Zephyrus G14||14 FHD IPS 120Hz / WQHD IPS 60Hz matt||to travel 9 4900HS / max. 40 GB DDR4 RAM||Up to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)||No||3.55 pounds / 1.6 kg|
|full overview here and here, new 2020 model; lightweight, portable magnesium design; white single zone backlit keyboard; multiple display options including 120Hz FHD IPS or 60Hz WQHD IPS panels; 1x memory slot (+ 8GB soldered RAM), one M.2 NVME slot for storage; configurations with Ryzen 5 and 7/GTX 1660Ti 65W GPU also available; 76W battery, 180W charger, USB-C charging also supported|
|Price: $1499 – updated configurations and prices|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus G15||15.6 FHD IPS 144Hz / 240Hz matt||to travel 9 4900HS / max. 40 GB DDR4 RAM||Up to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)||No||4.45 pounds / 2 kg|
|full overview here (4800HS configuration and above), hardware upgrade 2020; portable and lightweight, mainly plastic; single-zone white backlit keyboard; multiple display options; 1x memory slot (+ 8GB soldered RAM), one M.2 NVME storage slot; 76W battery, 180W charger, USB-C charging also supported|
|Price: $1599 – updated configurations and prices|
|Legion Lenovo Slim 7||15.6 FHD IPS 144Hz / UHD IPS 60Hz matt||for mounting 9 4900H / max. 32 GB DDR4 RAM||Up to RTX 2060 Max-Q (65W)||No||3.95 pounds / 1.8 kg|
|New 2020 model; lightweight, portable aluminum design; optional solid white or RGB keyboard; multiple display options including FHD 144Hz or UHD with 100% AdobeRGB coverage; welded memory, M.2 NVME storage slot; 71W battery, up to 230W charger.|
|Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 Pro||14 2K 16:10 IPS 90 Hz Matt||for installation of 9 4900H / max. 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM||at Radeon Vega 8.||No||3.2 pounds / 1.45 kg|
|New 2020 model; lightweight, portable aluminum design; white single-zone keyboard; two screen options: 16:10 2.2K and 2.8K 16:10 format with 100% sRGB and up to 400 nits brightness; solderable memory, M.2 NVME memory slot, no special graphics; 61W battery|
|Price: from 799 € in the EMEA zone|
Asus has exclusive access to AMD Ryzen HS hardware for the time being (until Q3 2020), and we will upgrade the Ryzen 9 4900HS ultraportable PCs again.
Large notebooks with Ryzen 9 4900H 45W APU
This section includes full-size laptops built on the 45W Ryzen 9 4900H hardware platform. Please note that some of this information is based on rumors at this time, and that these Ryzen 9 4900H are not yet available in stores at the time of this update.
|Asus TUF A15 FA506||15.6 FHD IPS 60Hz/144Hz matte||for mounting 9 4900H / max. 32 GB DDR4 RAM||Up to RTX 2060 OC (90W)||No||4.9 pounds / 2.22 kg|
|Overview here; 2020 model; plastic design with aluminium cover; illuminated RGB keyboard and NumPad; multiple configurations available, starting with Ryzen 5 4600H and GTX 1650 graphics; 2 memory slots, 2 M.2 PCIe x4 memory slots; 48 or 90 Watt battery.|
|Price: starting at $999 (lower configurations), $1399 for the Ryzen 9/RTX 2060.|
|Asus TUF A17 FA706||17.3 FHD IPS 60Hz/144Hz matte||for mounting 9 4900H / max. 32 GB DDR4 RAM||Up to GTX 1660Ti (80W)||No||5.5 lbs / 2.45 kg|
|Model 2020; A15 version 17 inches above|
|Price: from $999 (for lower configurations), $1399 for Ryzen 9/GTX 1660Ti model.|
|Dell G5 15 SE||15.6 FHD IPS 60Hz/144Hz matte||for mounting 9 4900H / max. 32 GB DDR4 RAM||AMD RX 5600M||No||5.5 pounds / 2.5 kg|
|New 2020 model; plastic chassis; 4 zone illuminated RGB keyboard and NumPad; multiple configurations available, starting with Ryzen 5 4600H, all with RX 560 graphics 2 memory slots, 2 M.2 PCIe x2 memory slots; 51 or 68 W battery pack|
|Price: from $879 (for lower configurations)|
Please note that we are constantly updating these lists and adding new products as they are released. However, despite our best efforts to be accurate, mistakes can come into play. If you notice an error or a product that should be here instead of here, please contact us in the comments section below.
In addition, if you are interested in the wider selection of mid-range Ryzen 7 4800H/4800HS laptops currently on sale, you can find them in this separate and detailed article. We also tested most of the Ryzen 4000 products available here on the site and compared the performance and benchmarks of different Ryzen H processors and their Intel counterparts in these articles: one and two.
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