Well, this is exciting. What look to be official marketing materials from MSI in China have leaked to the web, and they contain information about an upcoming laptop that will wield an Intel Core i7-9750H processor paired with a mobile NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. The marketing materials also provide some performance data.
Let's talk about the processor for a moment. Intel recently announced (at GDC 2019) that it plans on shipping its 9th generation mobile H-series processors sometime in the second quarter of this year, which we now find ourselves in. However, the company stopped short of offering up information about specific SKUs, specs, and pricing.
That said, Intel did provide a few juicy nuggets. The upcoming CPUs will be built on Intel's 14-nanometer++ manufacturing process and fall within the Comet Lake family. They will come with up to 8 cores in the mobile realm, and offer compatibility with Intel's Optane memory and Wi-Fi 6 AX200 solutions.
Specs are still a mystery, but according to the leaked marketing materials, which were posted to Twitter by @momomo_us, the Core i7-9750H will offer sizeable gains compared to the previous generation Core i7-8750.
I can't read the text so I don't know exactly what the numbers are referring to (EDIT: One of our readers, M Henri Day, was kind enough to provide a translation, saying "the 50 percent in the frame to the left refers to the increase in the number of cores as compared to 7th gen Core i7, while the 45 percent figure on the right refers to overall performance improvement. The frame in the middle tells us that there is a 40 percent in the number of Maser Lü runs."). However, doing the math, the Core i7-9750H is 28 percent faster than the Core i7-8750H in...something. It's also 91 percent faster than the Core i7-7700HQ.
Depending on what those figures represent and whether the performance gains translate to multiple applications, Intel could have a beastly chip on its hands. It appears as though the 9th generation mobile lineup will offer a big jump in IPC performance, and of course we would expect faster clockspeeds and better power efficiency, as is usually the case from generation to generation.
That in and of itself is interesting, but there is more. The leak also points to an unannounced GeForce GTX 1650 GPU in the mobile space. There have been rumblings of NVIDIA readying a GeForce GTX 1650 for the desktop, and it appears the upcoming GPU will get a mobile port as well.
According to the marketing materials, it will have 4GB of onboard memory and run at 1,395MHz. Performance-wise, it will be a bit faster than a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
MSI's marketing materials only provide benchmarks numbers pulled from 3DMark 11, which is an older test. For what it is worth, the GeForce GTX 1650 is shown to be around 24 percent faster than the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti in 3DMark 11, and around 41 percent faster than a GeForce GTX 1050.
The marketing materials also point to several games, presumably running at 1080p, which is the laptop's native resolution.
Assuming those are frames per second numbers, the GeForce GTX 1650 should be able to handle 60fps and higher in several titles.
As for the laptop, it will ship with 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory and a 512GB NVMe solid state drive. It is a 15.6-inch system with an IPS display, three USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port, a mini DisplayPort, and an HDMI port.
There is no word yet on price or availability.