Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Intel brings a six-core i9 CPU to laptops

Intel brings a six-core i9 CPU to laptops

Intel's new family of processors are incredibly powerful, and as stated earlier, bring a more desktop-like experience to mobile computers.

Everything Intel shared today certainly seems impressive, but the company left one make-or-break detail out of its announcement: price. While its seventh-generation processors were not much improvement over their predecessor, the latest Intel chips, it appears, are here to change the game. Intel claims up to 41 percent better gamplay (in terms of frames per second in Total War: Warhammer II) and up to 59 percent faster 4K video editing, compared to the previous-generation Core i7-7820HK processor.

Intel is also creating a new processor branding called 'Intel Core+' This isn't a new line of CPUs, but a way of identifying laptops and desktops that have Optane included from the factory. The U-series tops out at the Core i7-8559U which is a quad-core-octo-thread CPU with a base clock of 2.7GHz and boost speeds up to 4.5GHz.

The new generation of processors is based on Intel's 14 nanometer Coffee Lake architectures and has integrated Wi-Fi technologies enabling connections twice as fast as the current standard, according to a statement.

To start, Intel has announced that it will be bringing Iris Plus graphics to its U-series CPUs. They're not almost as exciting as the company's higher-end options, or even its low-powered ultraportable options, but they're still notable upgrades for average shoppers.

Another premiere in the world of CPUs is that the 9th generation i9 is the first chip that comes in six cores and twelve threads setting.

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While base clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz and single-core Turbo Boosts speeds up to 4.8 gigahertz, the Core i9 is way more processor than most consumers will ever need.

At the top of the stack, the 8 Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is optimized to push the limits of performance.

There are also new vPro flavors of both mobile and desktop processors, which include Optane memory and Thunderbolt 3 support.

As is typically the case, the Core i9 on mobile is a very different beast than its desktop counterpart. Additionally, Intel has released a new Data Drive Acceleration feature that delivers a boost to a large secondary HDD data drive.

The GS65 Stealth is also a rather stylish gaming laptop too, as MSI has introduced a new golden accent and trim on the laptop's chassis, while gamers can also customize the Per key RGB keyboard, and take advantage of an exclusive gaming mode in the new Dragon Center Version 2.0. The new memory results in 1.3 times better data writing performance along with retrieval related tasks and 4.7 times faster level loading in games, the chip maker claims.

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