Intel unveils 5GHz six-core Core i9 processors for laptops

Rosemary Collier
April 4, 2018

Finance and marketing teams can analyse and visualise data up to 40% faster on new 8th Gen Intel Core vPro processor-based laptops using tools like Microsoft Power BI for speed to insight.

The most powerful chip in this latest series is the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, Intel's first mobile chip with six cores (two more than the previous generation) and 12 threads.

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. This is a new, higher-clocked single-core frequency that will only kick in if the CPU is running below 53C.

Intel also announced that its Core i7 - 8259U, i5-8269U, and i7-8559U will be quad core processors with eight threads but will be coming with Iris Plus graphics instead of the UHD Graphics 620. Ever since then, the company has increasingly been making custom silicon for its mobile products, including most recently, the GPU found in the Apple A11 Bionic chip shipping in the iPhone X and iPhone 8 models.

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

Intel's hardware partners were prepared for today's announcement, with a bunch of them introducing new notebooks pretty much the second news about the Core i9 dropped.

So, how can you tell that an Intel 8th-gen processor is paired with Intel Optane memory?

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. It can be used to accelerate frequently used applications, games, and files. This new mobile Core chips can support software mitigations and Intel patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

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Apart from the speed and efficiency, Intel has brought its Optane high-speed memory to laptops through both direct Optane SSD for laptops such as Optane SSD 800p, as well as Optane hybrid drives for disk drives paired with SSDs.

No exact word on availability of these new processors or chipsets, but we expect them to start hitting the market very soon! Finding a home for it with the storage-accelerating PCIe Optane drive was a smart move, but it's been largely irrelevant for most of us.

Intel has thrown down the gauntlet at AMD, and wants to appeal to consumers who want the best Intel can deliver.

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