Intel's new Core i9 chips for laptops show incredible promise

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Lastly, the popular GE Raider RGB edition is refreshed with the Intel Core i7-8700H processor, while graphics configuration remains unchanged with either a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 GPU. This is the highest-performance laptop processor Intel has ever built to deliver the best gaming and content creation experience on the go.

In February, CEO of Intel's operations in Israel Yaniv Garty announced that Intel is planning to expand chip manufacturing in Israel, with a $5 billion investment in its existing plant in Kiryat Gat, a town in the south of Israel.

So the next Intel chip to be excited about is the new six-core Core i9 CPUs that have just been unveiled. Intel claims up to 41 percent better gamplay (in terms of frames per second in Total War: Warhammer II) and up to 59 percent faster 4K video editing, compared to the previous-generation Core i7-7820HK processor. Now, Intel Optane memory is available across both 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms for the first time. Intel has had no problem letting its motherboard vendors change Turbo frequencies at will. Vendors will commonly attempt to set a maximum all-core turbo frequency that corresponds to the highest defined single-core frequency Intel offers, even when this can easily cause stability issues.

According to Intel, its eighth generation "Core i9" processor is the highest-performance model it has ever developed for a laptop. This will mostly benefit desktop gamers who already have an SSD for their OS/boot drive, as you can keep that performance and use an Optane Memory module to instead accelerate data access on your secondary drive.

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Intel also announced the new T-series chips which the company describes as "power-optimised lifestyle" since they come in 35W instead of 65W. Below that are a couple of 4-core/8-thread chips, the Core i5-8400H and Core i5-8300H. Based on Intel's promises and early hands-on time with several of these 8th-generation and Core i9 laptops, Intel seems well on its way to delivering. It uses the new "thermal velocity boost" technology to run the new Core i9-8950HK with a base clock rate of 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz.

The new chips also include Intel Runtime BIOS Resilience, which Intel said is "a hardware enhancement that minimizes the risks of malicious code injection" by locking the BIOS whenever software of any kind is running.

Since the Coffee Lake-S desktop processor launch with the i7-8700K in October of a year ago, the processor lineup has remained a bit bare compared to previous generations. And it enables up to 4.7 times faster game loading and 1.7 times faster media loading. It also added some more features like enhanced audio and I/O, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi and 10 Gbit/s integrated Gen2 USB 3.1 I/O.

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