At an event in Beijing today, Intel showed off its latest 8th-gen Core i9 processors that are designed to allow for improved gaming and graphics-intensive content creation tasks on laptops.
Based on the Coffee Lake platform, the new chips promise to deliver up to 41 percent more FPS (frames per second) in gameplay, and allow for 59 percent faster performance in video editing apps when compared to the previous generation of chips using the same discrete graphics hardware.
The top-of-the-line offering in the new range is the i9-8950HK processor, which comes with six cores and 12 threads – a first for Intel’s mobile chips – and maxes out at a clock speed of 4.8GHz.
Plus, chips bearing the new Intel Core i5+, i7+, and i9+ badges will support Intel’s Optane memory tech, which lets you use fairly inexpensive Optane RAM to speed up traditional hard drives for faster boot times, app launches, similar to the speed boost you’d get when using an SSD instead of an HDD. The company launched Optane memory last March, and this appears to be the first big push to get folks to adopt it.
Intel hasn’t specified when these will become available, but the new chips should reach OEMs and feature in upcoming laptops later this year. While Windows folks who want longer battery life might veer towards the recently launched slew of ARM-based machines, gamers and content creators working on video and VR might want to hold off on purchasing new gear until the i9 processor begins to show up on spec sheets.