Intel has unveiled what it says is its most powerful processor built for laptops. The chip giant says the new eighth-generation Core i9 chip is the highest-performance laptop processor it has released to date. Its new Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are manufactured using 14nm process technology and based on the Coffee Lake platform, which the company says offers notably better performance than its predecessor, delivering up to 41 percent more frames per second in gameplay and editing 4K video up to 59 percent faster. The most powerful chip in this latest series is the Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, Intel's first mobile chip with six cores (two more than the previous generation) and 12 threads. It comes fully unlocked for overclocking, which Intel says "provides the opportunity to tweak the platform performance to its fullest potential," especially for content creation, VR and gaming.
Intel is still struggling to make 10-nanometer chips, but it might still have a few surprises up its 14nm sleeve. WCCFTech claims to have leaked data revealing that Intel will launch its 9th-generation Core desktop processors on October 1st, starting with unlocked models that could make the company's eight-core performance more accessible. The highlight for many would be the Core i9-9900K, the first mainstream desktop Core i9 chip -- you wouldn't have to pay a fortune for an X-series or Extreme Edition CPU. It would tout a 3.6GHz base clock speed, but could boost to 4.7GHz with all eight cores (5GHz with one or two cores) and support up to 16 code threads. The Core i7-9700K, meanwhile, would be the first mainsteam 8-core i7 part.
But 10 nanometers has proven to be a bugbear. The company's targets for shipping such chips at volume has been slipping for more than two years. It now expects to have 10-nanomenter chips "on the shelves" for next year's holiday season. The problem is they will be the wrong chips. In its second-quarter earnings call on Thursday, Intel told analysts that the first chips at that size will be for its client business, meaning PCs.
Just in time for the back-to-school shopping season, Intel is providing more detail about its new line of processors. The company's eighth generation chips, nicknamed "Coffee Lake," will power upcoming laptops launching this year and next. Most notably, the company is adding two additional cores to its U series of processors, which are the ones found in thin notebooks and laptop-tablet hybrids. Those extra cores should give computers powered by the new silicon a speed boost when it comes to multitasking. That's a seemingly huge jump compared to the difference in speed between Intel's sixth and seventh generation processors: its seventh generation chips only increased productivity performance by 12% and web performance by 19% compared to its predecessor.