Following their launch last year, Coffee Lake is making its way to laptops. Sitting at the top of the pile is the i9-9980HK, which like its desktop counterpart (the i9-9900K) also goes to 5GHz. The processor has eight cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 2.4GHz. Intel is also rolling out Core i7 and i5 models with quad and hexa-core configurations.
Here's the breakdown of Intel's 9th-gen mobile platform:
Intel is touting an 18% increase from last year's 8950HK for games like Hitman 2, 2x better performance when streaming, and a 28% uptick for 4K video editing. The new chips also support Intel's Optane memory, as well as Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6, which delivers speeds up to 2.4GHz. From Fredrik Hamberger, general manager of Intel's premium and gaming laptop unit:
This is a hard launch, meaning the processors are already available on the latest laptops from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and MSI. The launch also coincides with NVIDIA bringing the GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti to laptops, with many of the new products rolled out by Lenovo and Dell featuring both Intel's 9th-gen cores and GTX 16 series cards.
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Wait, so all the i9 chips in the MacBook Pro and the gaming laptops over the past year were Desktop i9's??? No wonder cooling was such an issue. Or was it i9 for previous gen?
It was the previous gen, I9-8950K.
Thanks, didn't realize they were already on another generation for i9. Time flies
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