Intel has just announced a wide range of new processors, including a new high-end CPU in its 8th Gen Core mobile processor family.
The new high-end unit, the 8th Gen Intel Core i9, is designed for laptop gaming, VR, content creation and 4K streaming. It’s Intel’s first mobile CPU with up to 6 cores and 12 threads. It’s also Intel’s first mobile processor to support the company’s Optane memory on board.
The new high-end device, more specifically the i9-8950HK, is a fully unlocked processor with a peak speed of 4.8GHz. That’s enabled by a new feature, Thermal Velocity Boost, which automatically increases the processor’s core frequency whenever the processor’s temperature is low and the turbo budget allows.
This new i9 processor also offers Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, which delivers support for multitasking.
The i9 is part of Intel’s new line of mobile 8th Gen Core processors. This line also includes new i7 and i5 processors for mobile, all based on Intel’s 14nm Coffee Lake architecture.
Intel says its new 8th Gen processors can deliver up to 41% more frames per second in gameplay. The CPUs can also edit 4K video up to 59% faster than the previous generation with the same discrete graphics, Intel says.
Also new is the Intel 300 Series Chipset. By adding integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi, it offers connectivity that Intel says is up to 2 times faster than standard 802.11AC.
Intel also introduced a new Optane memory feature known as Data Drive Acceleration (DDA). It delivers a boost to a large, secondary HDD data drive. According to Intel, the combo of Optane and DDA provides up to 4.7x faster game loading and 1.7x times faster media loading.
Speaking of Optane, it is now available on both 8th Gen Intel mobile and desktop platforms, models i5, i7 and i9. Built on a 3-D architecture, Optane aims to combine the storage capacity of an HDD with the speed of an SSD drive.
The vPro line offers, among other things, enhanced security. That includes a newly improved version of Intel Authenticate, a multifactor authentication solution. It also includes a new hardware enhancement known as Intel Runtime BIOS Resilience, designed to minimize the risk of malicious code injection.