Intel launches powerful Core i9 processor for laptops

Last year, Intel added some significant heft to the top-end of its desktop processor lineup with the Core i9, and now it's bringing that power to laptops. The company announced today that its eighth-generation Core i9 is now available as the "highest-performance laptop processor" it has ever built, targeted directly at gamers and content creators on the go.

The top-end Core i9-8950HK, Intel says, features six cores and 12 threads, along with a turbo frequency of up to 4.8 GHz. Intel is also touting its new Thermal Velocity Boost, which it says can increase the clock frequency of the Core i9-8950K by up to 200 MHz if the processor temperature is low enough. In total, Intel claims that the Core i9 can achieve a 29 percent performance boost when compared to a seventh-generation Core i7-based PC. What's more, Intel claims a 41 percent boost to FPS for gamers and a 59 percent boost in speed for 4K video editing.

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. Each features improved performance and, along with the Core i9 chip, are part of Intel's H series of processors.

Each of these new Coffee Lake chips also supports Intel's new Optane memory, which it says can increase the performance of SATA-based storage without impacting capacity. Intel is rolling out new Core i5+, i7+ and i9+ badges that indicate a device combines the latest Core processors with Optane memory.

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  • Wow!
  • Thermal Velocity Boost - is that Intel copying AMD's core boost thing?
  • It looks like the same concept as XFR
  • Intel is just boosting $$$!
  • These are still 14nm parts! Worthless!
  • Like you can see the difference! I mean eyeball it lol
  • Lol they say it's "14nm++" but yeah we are all awaiting 7nm to hopefully launch next year (at least Ryzen side)
  • Intel's still trying to make 10nm work and has been for 3 years, while AMD's going to switch to Global Foundries for Zen 2 in 2019. They intend to go straight from 14 (well, 14+, which they kinda call 12 sometimes) to 7, at least for the Navi GPU, but IDK if Zen 2 is going to be 10 or 7.
  • A big middle finger to me because I got a new Surface Book 2 😐😐
  • I mean how so? These i9 chips are 45w TDP, they would never be put in a Surface Book anyways.
  • *droooool* *Wipes* *Droooool*
  • "turbo frequency of up to 4.8 GHz" On how many cores? One? How about they stop being vague and tell us the all-core boost clock?
  • Because Intel.
  • The price of this will no doubt be ridiculous. Meanwhile here in the UK you can get an ASUS ROG gaming laptop with a Ryzen 5 1600 desktop CPU in it that also has 6 cores and 12 threads. I bet the i9 versions are twice the cost. Even the Ryzen 7 1700 version (still the full desktop CPU) is only around 1300 now. The choice for me is clear.