Intel Core i7-9850H Review

High-end laptop processor released in 2019 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 4.6GHz, and a 45W power rating. Core i7-9850H is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and part of the Core i7 series.
Price 49.4%
Speed 77%
Productivity 73%
Gaming 88%
Category Laptop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility 1440
Integrated Graphics
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 0 %
Year 2019 Model
Price 395 USD
Number of Cores 6 Cores
Number of Threads 12 Threads
Core Frequency 2.6 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.6 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.6 GHz
Power Consumption 45 W
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
L3 Cache 12 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 128 GB
Price-Value Score 49.4 %
Speed Score 77 %
Productivity Score 73 %
Gaming Score 88 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 30.7 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 15.3 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 7.7 %
Overall Score 46/100

The Core i7-9850H is one of Intel's high-end Laptop processors. It was released in 2019 with 6 cores and 12 threads. With base clock at 2.6GHz, max speed at 4.6GHz, and a 45W power rating. The Core i7-9850H is based on the Coffee Lake Refresh 14nm family and is part of the Core i7 series.

Core i7-9850H is also the successor of Intel's last gen Core i7-8850H processor that was based on the Coffee Lake and 14nm process and was released in 2018.

What this all means is that the Intel Core i7-9850H is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the Core i7-9850H.

So which should you buy? Let's get that out of the way. Before this comparison review we updated our Best CPU feature and we said you should go with the Ryzen 7 4800U as it comes with a better stock cooler, can be overclocked, and the FP6 platform offers a significantly better upgrade path.

One of the nice things about the Intel Core i7-9850H processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the Intel Core i7-9850H up for $395 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The Intel Core i7-9850H retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 45W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Now the biggest question is can Intel’s Core i7 processor play games? The answer is simply yes as it got a respectable gaming score of 88% in our benchmarks.

Regardless of those external factors, the Core i7-9850H proves it has the chops to be your main gaming system and a just as effective media creation platform – two things that are becoming intrinsically connected in this age of live-streaming, eSports and uploading gameplay videos.