Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Intel announces first ever Core i9 processor for laptops

Intel announces first ever Core i9 processor for laptops

Intel claims that this translates to a 29% increase in speed compared to 7th generation chips.

It comes fully unlocked for overclocking, which Intel says "provides the opportunity to tweak the platform performance to its fullest potential", especially for content creation, VR and gaming. In October, it announced new desktop chips that are hexa-core instead of quad-core, and then at CES in January, Intel announced new quad-core H-series processors with dedicated GPUs from AMD built into them.

In addition to the Core i9 for laptops, Intel also took the wraps off of new Core i5 and i7 chips based on its Coffee Lake platform and leveraging the company's 14nm++ process. "It really is the closest to desktop performance you can get in a notebook".

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All of these mobile and desktop Intel Cofee-Lake CPUs feature support for Intel Optane memory solutions and a new Optane-fueled Data Drive Acceleration.

Finally, Intel has added four new 300-series chipsets: H370, H310, Q370, and B360, all of which feature enhanced audio and I/O, integrated Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi with gigabit throughput, and 10 Gbit/s integrated Gen2 USB 3.1 I/O.

However, the boost clock for Intel Core i9-8950HK can go up to 4.8GHz thanks to Thermal Velocity Boost or TVB but, to reach this level of boost clock a certain criteria is to be met. Intel's new "Plus" branding is a "simplified" way to say a new system ships with Intel's 8th generation Core processor and Optane technology. Tuesday, the company's announcing its first six-core, 12-thread chips for laptops - one of them a speed demon that can boost up to 4.8GHz when cooled below 53 degrees Celsius.

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The H-series processors mentioned above actually have the "G" suffix, and today, Intel announced the actual "H" chips. Intel's Israeli research and development center in Haifa, a port city in the country's north, played a major part in the development of the new processor, the company said in a statement.

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Speaking of labels, if you see a "Core i5+" or "Core i7+" on your next computer, you should know it's not a new kind of chip - it's merely marketing shorthand to indicate those PCs include an Intel Optane memory module to make their sluggish hard drives feel faster. Intel first revealed its 18 core Core i9 Extreme chip, aimed at desktop PCs, nearly a year ago now. Finally, there are new hexa-core Xeon E processors, which are also 45W.

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