Intel's new Core i9 chips could make laptops feel like desktops

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The chip giant says the new eighth-generation Core i9 chip is the highest-performance laptop processor it has released to date.

Intel is promising a 29 per cent hike in overall boosted speeds compared to its previous seventh-generation, Kaby Lake CPUs, which had been criticised for lacklustre performance.

Also announced was the addition of eighth-generation chips to the business-centered vPro platform, which provides enhanced security and performance to Intel chips created to fulfill enterprise-level needs. On the mobile side of the equation, the most interesting processors are no doubt Intel's new six-core Coffee Lake parts, starting with the Core i7-8750H.

Alongside the new Core i9 chip, Intel also revealed eighth-gen Core i5 and Core i7 chips for laptops, which again make use of the enhanced 14nm fabrication process that underpins the Coffee Lake architecture.

All these new "Coffee Lake" processors also support Intel Optane memory, delivering higher performance and responsiveness without compromising storage capacity. It will support Intel Thermal Velocity Boost, which aims to help it intelligently increase its clock speed depending on the task. Indeed, Intel is describing its Core i9 processor as the highest-performance laptop processor it has ever built. The single biggest announcement of the day came in the form of the new Core i9-8950HK, which is the first Core i9 processor ever made for notebooks.

In addition, Intel is also now offering its 8th Generation desktop and mobile Core processors as well as Xeon models with its vPro management technology suite for business users. 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. The processors can deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay.

Samsung Odyssey Z 15 The Samsung Odyssey Z 15 was one of the only wholy new gaming laptops we saw rocking Intel's new H-series Coffee Lake processors. Intel says that as the PC gaming industry grows, new processors will provide desktop-like performance for laptops. According to Intel, Data Drive Acceleration will provide up to 4.7X faster game loading and up to 1.7X faster media loading.

Mobile and desktop Core i9 chips work with Intel Optane, which allows faster operation of the hard disk drive (HDD) with a special memory module.

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