Intel’s new 6-core Core i9 chip is said to be the fastest notebook CPU ever and it gives way to 5GHz gaming laptops. It uses the new “thermal velocity boost” technology to run the new Core i9-8950HK with a base clock rate of 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz. This new Core i9 is above the Core i5 and Core i7 mobile h-series chips and another four U-series Core chips are aimed at lower power systems.
When Core i9 is compared with the Core i7 processor it is found out that the processor is about 41 percent faster in gaming frame and about 32 percent faster when it is streaming or recording the gameplay. If the Optane memory gets released with the 5GHz system then the performance may increase further but the use of 7th gen system for comparison is having a slow mechanical hard drive in place of SSD.
According to the Fredrik Hamberger who is the general manager of Intel’s premium and gaming notebooks said that “it is the fastest gaming processor we have ever launched and it is closest to the desktop performance you can get in a notebook.” This new mobile Core chips can support software mitigations and Intel patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. Hamberger added by saying that “ We spend a ton of time working with our OEM partners optimizing power performance, tweaking thermals to get more performance and by doing this we may get more efficient performance.”
The new Intel 45W H-series feature two new Core i7 and Core i5 chips which are pair with new Xenons. The mobile Core i9 chip looks like the Xenon E-2186 which includes same clock speeds, core counts, thermal design and many more. The new 8th gen Core i9 chips are designed to offer the best performance to your laptop. Hamberger said that if the chip runs at full speed then it will boost the single core by 200MHz to 4.8 GHz. The thermal velocity boost was not an automatic thing and Intel had targeted that of the temperature of the system reach 50-degree centigrade or below then the boost will kick in.
If you need something which gives you less performance with an extended battery life then Intel also introduced all-new four U-series chips. The low-power 8th-gen Core chips feature 4-core, 8-thread configuration and it will support Optane memory technology in the mobile configuration. These can connect to four new 300-series chipsets which are also introduced by H370, H310, Q370 and B360. It also added some more features like enhanced audio and I/O, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 10 Gbit/s integrated Gen2 USB 3.1 I/O.
In recent years the sale of notebooks have drastically increased and retailers are now giving more importance to shelf space as the market is growing continuously. Intel is going to invest in this space as said by their executives. The company is boosting the core counts and trying to break the 5GHz barrier in gaming laptops by pushing the performance to an extreme level.