Following their launch last year, Coffee Lake is making its way to laptops. Sitting at the top of the pile is the i9-9980HK, which like its desktop counterpart (the i9-9900K) also goes to 5GHz. The processor has eight cores and 16 threads with a base clock of 2.4GHz. Intel is also rolling out Core i7 and i5 models with quad and hexa-core configurations.
Here’s the breakdown of Intel’s 9th-gen mobile platform:
Intel is touting an 18% increase from last year’s 8950HK for games like Hitman 2, 2x better performance when streaming, and a 28% uptick for 4K video editing. The new chips also support Intel’s Optane memory, as well as Thunderbolt 3 and Wi-Fi 6, which delivers speeds up to 2.4GHz. From Fredrik Hamberger, general manager of Intel’s premium and gaming laptop unit:
Our new 9th Gen platform is designed to delight gamers, creators and performance users by giving them more of what they want. We are bringing desktop-caliber performance with up to 5Ghz and 8 cores in a range of thinner systems and new level of connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) so users can game or create where they want.
This is a hard launch, meaning the processors are already available on the latest laptops from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and MSI. The launch also coincides with NVIDIA bringing the GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti to laptops, with many of the new products rolled out by Lenovo and Dell featuring both Intel’s 9th-gen cores and GTX 16 series cards.