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Intel Core i9-8950HK: The company's most powerful laptop chip yet

04 April 2018

All the processors in Intel Cofee Lake U-series feature 4 Cores and 8 threads except for i3-8109U which features 2-cores and 4-threads. Intel announced more on-package eDRAM as well, now 128MB.

The Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost feature is supported on Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK and Intel® Xeon® Processor E-2186M and is created to increase performance of both multi-threaded and single-threaded workloads. Intel says that as the PC gaming industry grows, new processors will provide desktop-like performance for laptops. The extremely high performance provided by the Core i9 processor comes as an answer to the ever growing needs of gamers, Karin Eibschitz Segal, the director of Intel's Israeli development center said in a statement.

The processors do not support LPDDR4 memory, sticking with the same LPDDR3 as found in the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro limiting RAM to 16GB.

The company announced on 3 April at a press event in Beijing, the first ever Intel Core i9 laptop.

Two H series processors and both M series Xeon CPUs are built on Intel's VPro technology.

Intel also announced the new T-series chips which the company describes as "power-optimised lifestyle" since they come in 35W instead of 65W.

Last year, Intel reset the bar for what counted as a performance desktop processor with the introduction of the Core i9. Many sport six cores, offering improved performance over previous generations.

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All these new "Coffee Lake" processors also support Intel Optane memory, delivering higher performance and responsiveness without compromising storage capacity.

At the very top of the pack, you get the Intel Core i9-8950HK which is a 6-core-12-thread CPU with 2.9GHz base speed and boost speed of 4.8GHz.

Intel said the new mobile processor range adds a new Intel 300 Series Chipset with integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi, which can be twice as fast as the standard 2×2 802.11AC 80 MHz.

Anandtech has additional chipset details and a breakdown of the rather confusing way Intel's 8th generation CPUs are split between 14nm+, 14nm++, and an as-yet-unknown 10nm refresh from Cannon Lake.

Of course the Core i9 has been around for a while now.

The company introduced 8th generations Core Processors for desktops as well. It has uncovered evidence of an internal Apple initiative dubbed "Kalamata", which would see a multistage transition from Intel's x86-based chips now used in Apple's desktop and notebook lineups to Apple's custom ARM-based chips. 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.

Intel Core i9-8950HK: The company's most powerful laptop chip yet