Intel Core i9 Mobile, hexa-core i7s, new Chipsets and more!

At a global event held in Beijing April 3rd, Intel announced new mobile chipsets and processors that will power mainstream to high-end notebook computers in 2018. It is also the time when Intel decide to bring Hexa-Core multi-threaded processing to the mainstream, enabling desktop-like performance on a laptop form factor.

Here are the 5 key points that you should know from the announcement

1. Intel Announces the new Core i9 Mobile Processor

With the surprise launch of the Core i9 Desktop processors at COMPUTEX last year, we were expecting Intel to release a mobile version of their computing powerhouse. The Core i9-8950HK is the answer to that.

The new Core i9-8950HK is Intel's most powerful mobile processor up to date. It is a hexa-core processor that has a base clock of 2.9GHz which can be increased to up to 4.8GHz. This is achieved by Intel's Turbo Boost technology on individual cores, as long as it stays within its thermal limits (with the new Thermal Velocity Boost Technology which increases core clock based on the processor's temperature and power budget). This means that the processor is designed to be versatile for both single-threaded and multi-threaded applications.

The Core i9 also differs from the Core i7, as it is an unlocked processor. This means that notebook manufacturers whom wishes to include dedicated cooling solutions to the processor can even include overclocking options on the laptop for even better performance.

2. The mobile Core i7 processors now comes with 6 cores / 12 threads

The new Core i7 series that was announced alongside with the Core i9 are now also Hexa-Core processors. This standardizes all Core i7 processors, regardless of desktop or mobile variants to have 6 cores, which brings a significant amount of raw performance on mobile computers. We can expect the new Core i7 mobile processors in the latest gaming notebooks and workstations starting today.

3. Core i5 gets hyperthreading technology

The Intel Core i5 has always been quad core processors without hyperthreading technology enabled. With the announcement, the new Intel Core i5 is now officially the Core i7 of yesteryear.

4. Gigabit Wi-Fi for all!

Intel has also designed the new Intel 300 series chipset for the new i5 and i7 mobile processors. The Intel 300 series chipset brings upon an integrated 802.11AC wireless network controller that is capable of wireless network speeds of up to Gigabit speeds.

5. Intel Optane for Mobile Computers and the new Core iX+ Branding

Intel Optane is a relatively new memory architecture that excels in memory access times and latency. This technology, which was previously only available on the 7th and 8th Generation desktop solutions, is now made available for the mobile products as well. The technology aims to accelerate SATA-based storage responsiveness as it acts as a "fast caching" interface between the memory and secondary storage devices.

Consumers will also see a new Intel Corei5+, Core i7+ and Core i9+ badges on the new notebook and desktop systems that has Intel Optane technology included.

Press Release attached below:

Intel Core i9 Processor Comes to Mobile:
The Best Gaming and Creation Laptop Processor Intel Has Ever Built
(SINGAPORE, 3 April 2018) – Today at a global event in Beijing, Intel unveiled the first ever Intel® Core™ i9 processor for laptops. Part of the new lineup of high-performance mobile products unveiled, the powerful 8thGen Intel Core i9 processor is the highest-performance laptop processor Intel has ever built to deliver the best gaming and content creation experience on the go. 

Building on the arrival of the new Intel Core i9 processor for mobile, Intel also announced a new Intel Core platform extension that brings together the benefits of 8th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel® Optane™ memory, rounded out its family of high-performance desktop CPUs and chipsets that deliver modern standby and ambient computing capabilities, and shared new details on the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ platform.

Delivering the ultimate gaming and content creation experience
The new 8th Gen Intel Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are based on the Coffee Lake platform and leverage the 14nm++ process technology enabling them to deliver up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay1 or edit 4K video up to 59 percent faster than the previous generation with same discrete graphics.2

At the top of the stack, the 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor is optimized to push the limits of performance. It is the first mobile Intel processor with six cores and 12 threads. It comes fully unlocked and features the new Intel Thermal Velocity Boost (TVB), which opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency up to 200 MHz if the processor temperature is low enough and turbo power budget is available. This translates to a turbo frequency of up to 4.8 GHz.

As the PC gaming industry rapidly grows, Intel has seen increasing demand for incredibly fast laptops that can provide desktop-like performance for an immersive and responsive experience, including the ability to stream and record without compromising gameplay while still enabling portability.

But, performance goes beyond gaming. Thanks to the rapid pace of technology innovation, the industry has broadened the access to all types of content and how people create it. It has radically redefined what creativity means, and as content has become richer and more immersive, the level of performance needed to both consume and create that content has also increased. This 8th Gen Intel Core processor family provides a powerful mobile platform for creators. In addition, the new highest-performance 8th Gen Intel Core mobile processors’ single- and multi-threaded performance allows users to enjoy the smoothest and highest-quality mobile VR and new Windows* Mixed Reality Ultra experiences.

The highest-performance 8th Gen Intel Core mobile processor family also adds a new Intel® 300 Series Chipset, which adds integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi for a blazing-fast connection that is capable of being up to 2 times faster than standard 2x2 802.11AC 80 MHz (867 Mbps).

Intel Optane memory: now on 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms
Intel Optane memory is a smart and adaptable system accelerator for desktop and mobile platforms, increasing the performance and responsiveness of SATA-based storage technology without compromising storage capacity.

Now, Intel Optane memory is available across both 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms. Additionally, Intel has released a new Data Drive Acceleration feature that delivers a boost to a large secondary HDD data drive. This powerful combination provides up to 4.7 times the game loading3 and 1.7 times faster media loading.4 More on Data Drive Acceleration here

Consumers will also begin to see a new platform extension with Intel Core i5+, i7+ and i9+ badges on select systems, starting with today’s high-performance 8th Gen Intel Core mobile processors and desktop processors. This indicates they are purchasing a device that has the combination of Intel Core performance with the acceleration of Intel Optane memory.

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The benchmark results reported above may need to be revised as additional testing is conducted. The results depend on the specific platform configurations and workloads utilized in the testing, and may not be applicable to any particular user’s components, computer system or workloads. The results are not necessarily representative of other benchmarks and other benchmark results may show greater or lesser impact from mitigations.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information about benchmarks and performance test results, go to

The Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost feature is supported on Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK and Intel® Xeon® Processor E-2186M and is designed to increase performance of both multi-threaded and single-threaded workloads. . The maximum Core Frequency is achieved while the processor is at a temperature of 50°C or lower and turbo power budget is available. Frequencies may reduce over time as processor temperature increases.

Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance. Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications. Check with the manufacturers of system and components for additional details. 

Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at

1As measured by Total War: WARHAMMER II Workload comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK
2As measured by Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing Workload comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i9-8950HK vs. 8thGen Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK
3As measured by Game Level Load Workload comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7+ 8750H (32GB Intel® Optane™ memory module) + 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H + 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD
4As measured by Media Project Load Workload comparing 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7+ 8750H (32GB Intel® Optane™ memory module) + 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD vs. 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H + 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD

8th Generation Intel® Core™ vs. 7th Generation Intel® Core™
Intel® Core™ i9-8950K Processor, PL1=45W TDP, 6C12T, Turbo up to 4.8GHz on Pre-production OEM System, Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1080, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4, Storage: 256GB Intel® 760P SSD (PCIe), OS: Windows* 10 RS3 Build 1709, MCU 0x84 (Reference Disclaimer 19)
Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK Processor, PL1=45W TDP, 6C12T, Turbo up to 4.6GHz on MSI System, Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1080, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4, Storage: 256GB Intel® 760P SSD (PCIe), OS: Windows* 10 RS3 Build 1709, MCU 0x84

Intel® Optane™ Data Drive Acceleration Configurations
Intel® Core™ i7+ 8750H Processor, PL1=45W TDP, 6C12T, Turbo up to 4GHz on Pre-production OEM System, Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4, Storage: 256GB 760P SSD (PCIe) + 1TB HDD + 32GB Intel® Optane memory, OS: Windows* 10 RS3 Build 1709, MCU 0x84 
Intel® Core™ i7-8750H Processor, PL1=45W TDP, 6C12T, Turbo up to 4GHz on Pre-production OEM System, Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1070, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4, Storage: 256GB 760P SSD (PCIe) + 1TB HDD, OS: Windows* 10 RS3 Build 1709, MCU 0x84 

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