Intel launches powerful Core i9 processor for laptops

Sean Reid
April 4, 2018

It is also rounding out its family of high-performance desktop CPUs and chipsets which deliver modern standby and ambient computing capabilities, and shared new details on the 8th Gen Intel Core vPro platform for businesses.

In February, CEO of Intel's operations in Israel Yaniv Garty announced that Intel is planning to expand chip manufacturing in Israel, with a $5 billion investment in its existing plant in Kiryat Gat, a town in the south of Israel.

But now Intel is offering the Core i9 for the laptop sector to provide those users with "the best gaming and content creation experience on the go". They are manufactured using 14nm++ process technology delivering 41 percent more graphics performance during games.

Also, now, Intel Optane memory is available across both 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms. Jumping straight to the top, the burliest entry is the Core i9-8950HK, the first Core i9 built for laptops.

Intel's Coffee Lake U series chip is two times more powerful than 8 generation Kaby Lake R with more quad-core chips that can reach 2.3 GHz to 3.0 GHz and cache size from 4MB to 8MB.

The new Core i7 processor with Iris Plus graphics is incredibly well-suited for a new Mac mini model (which Apple is rumored to be working on).

Intel announced the first Core i9 8th-generation chips for laptops today.

On the desktop front, there are three new standard-voltage processors: the 65W Core i5-8600 and Core i5-8500, and the 62W Core i3-8300.

Intel's partners have already started announcing refreshed laptops with these new processors inside.

Last year, Intel reset the bar for what counted as a performance desktop processor with the introduction of the Core i9. Below that are a couple of 4-core/8-thread chips, the Core i5-8400H and Core i5-8300H. Finally, there are new hexa-core Xeon E processors, which are also 45W.

Intel Optane memory is a smart and adaptable system accelerator for desktop and mobile platforms, increasing the performance and responsiveness of SATA-based storage technology without compromising storage capacity.

It isn't only i9 chips that are coming to laptops-Intel's entire eighth-generation lineup, including i7 and i5s, are making the leap to laptops.

The Intel Core i9-8950HK recently pooped up online for ACER Predator Helios 500 with Nvidia GTX 1070, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB M.2 SSD. Traditionally, these CPUs are used in OEM configurations, but enthusiasts looking for ultra-small form factor and quiet PCs have been known to use these CPUs in the past.

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