Intel Launches their 9th Generation Mobile Lineup with up to 8 cores and 5GHz Clock Speeds

Intel Launches their 9th Generation Mobile Lineup with up to 8 cores and 5GHz Clock Speeds

Intel Launches their 9th Generation Mobile Lineup with up to 8 cores and 5GHz Clock Speeds

Intel has released their 9th Generation of Core Mobile processors, bringing their Coffee Lake Refresh to portable platforms with their new H-series lineup, delivering up to eight cores and clock speeds as high as 5GHz to portable systems with configurable TDPs of 45W. 

Alongside these new processors, Intel is also bringing their Optane H10 QLC/Optane hybrid SSDs to the masses, straddling the line between traditional SSDs and Optane storage for the best price/performance/capacity ratio. 

While we said that clock speed of up to 5GHz can be achieved, this clock speed only applies to the i9-9980HK, which uses Intel’s Velocity Boost technology to achieve clock speeds this high when the power supply and cooling of the user’s notebook allow it. This mobile processor also ships with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking support. 

Below are the specifications of Intel’s entire 9th generation mobile processor lineup, which ranges from the company’s 8-core/16-thread i9-9980HK to their quad-core/octo-thread i5-9400H.   

Intel Launches their 9th Generation Mobile Lineup with up to 8 cores and 5GHz Clock Speeds  

The performance levels offered by these processors showcases the maturity of Intel’s 14nm node and Intel’s willingness to get the most out of the technology that they have currently available. Even so, it seems clear that 14nm has reached its limits, and in the case of Intel’s higher-end SKUs, the company’s 45W TDP number seems largely irrelevant, especially when combined with the company’s “Velicity Boost” overclocking tech. 

Regardless, Intel has delivered eight cores to the mobile market, which is no small feat for the company. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if future mobile processors will get even closer to their desktop counterparts, as next-generation nodes such as TSMC’s 7nm and Intel’s 10nm both promise lower levels of power draw when delivering the same clock speeds as today’s processors. 

With Intel’s 9th Generation mobile processors launching today, we can expect to see Intel 9th Generation notebooks within the coming weeks and months from every major manufacturer. 

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