Intel suddenly -after AMD pushed it – likes to integrate more cores in all of their processors, which isn’t really a surprise, 6 cores are now been pushed to the mobile platform and are now the new mainstream. The desktop processors and the H-series mobile parts all use separate motherboard chipsets – Intel has also launched a range of new 300-series chipsets yesterday.
Last year we had the U-series Kaby Lake-R – four-core, eight-thread chips running in a 15W power envelope. On the desktop, we had Coffee Lake which had six-core, 12-thread chips. In both cases, the processor lineup was limited which means we had six different chips for the desktop and four for mobile segment.
The entire processor overview is available in a spreadsheet here.
More Cores = faster
According to Intel, the specs lead to overall 29 percent faster performance in everyday tasks compared to its previous generation eg. Core i7-7820HK processor. A real-world example is a 59 percent faster 4K video editing speed.
In gaming, Intel says the Core i9-8950HK delivers a 41 percent improvement. Those performance metrics rise even higher for an overclocked system, with Intel expecting its partners to offer overclocked laptops in the range of 5GHz and higher.
Intel’s Core i9-8950HK will be the first Core i9 CPU built for laptops. It has by default a 2.9GHz base clock with the ability to ramp up to 4.8GHz over Turbo Boost, along with 12MB of L3 cache.
Intel also introduced some new designations, including Core i5+, Core i7+, and Core i9+. These are related to Intel bringing its Optane Memory and other Optane solutions to mobile and desktop platforms. Devices that bear one of these new badges will offer a combination of a Core processor with any form of Optane storage, whether that’s Optane Memory, Optane 800P, or Optane 900P. The plus designation is to indicate a higher level of responsiveness, based on Intel’s 3D XPoint technology.
Intel’s partners have already started announcing refreshed laptops with these new processors inside which is interesting for those who want to buy a new laptop. I’m not sure if Intel only tries to reduce the damage since AMD already released their new line-up but overall the new processors not looking that bad, the optional Optane feature looks very interesting but also expensive, speaking about this, Intel hasn’t named a price yet.
The focus seems clearly gaming on mobile devices but I still think that’s a bad idea in so many ways especially because compared to a desktop machine you have better options to cool everything down which then would allow you to overclock more or get a stable gaming experience. But everyone needs to decide if he wants to buy a gaming CPU/Laptop, in my opinion, it’s BS but well I’m just a lunatic.