Intel launches first-ever hexa-core processor for laptops

The Asus ROG G703 is one of the first laptops to sport Intel's Core i9 mobile processor.                  Sean Hollister  CNET

The Asus ROG G703 is one of the first laptops to sport Intel's Core i9 mobile processor. Sean Hollister CNET

These come with the Optane memory for improved performance and responsiveness.

The new 8th Gen Intel Core i9, i7 and i5 processors for laptops are based on the "Coffee Lake" platform, Intel said in a statement. Additionally, it is also apparently performs 41% and 59% better in gaming and 4K video editing respectively. Included in the lineup are quad-core Core i5 SKUs as well as six-core Core i7 parts and the top-of-the-line Core i9-8950HK part, which is also fully unlocked for overclocking. According to the company, the PC manufacturers would start shipping pre-overclocked 5GHz+systems shortly after the launch.

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We can't say much more than that about how the Core i9-8950HK will scale because Intel continues its execrable policy of refusing to reveal turbo frequencies, claiming that this information is "proprietary to Intel". You'll want to be on the look out for these if shopping a notebook. The chip maker's share price fell over seven per cent when the rumours were first announced yesterday.

The company also has new branding in place which will see "+" badge on select processors to tell consumers that "they are purchasing a device that has the combination of Intel Core performance with the acceleration of Intel Optane memory". Previously, only expensive Z370-based boards were compatible with Coffee Lake processors. Combined with its hybrid processors featuring AMD Radeon Vega graphics, Intel has options for everything from 2-in-1 convertibles and thin and light laptops, to beefier gaming notebooks.

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KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this year that "Intel will be the exclusive supplier of baseband chip for 2H18 new iPhone models, while Qualcomm may not have a share of the orders at all". The "G" chips are similar to the seventh-generation H-series processors but with a built-in dedicated GPU. This range includes mobile Xeon chips with the E-2186M and E-2176M that are both hex core with 12 threads and use EEC memory. The hexa-core CPU would allow efficient management of multiple units. The headline here is an upgrade to Iris Plus integrated graphics. Though the company's still maintaining its Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 designations, you get more cores for your money now. Ever since the announcement was made for desktops, speculation began regarding the laptop release.

So, what else is Intel saying about its 8th-gen processors for laptops family? These will be found in mainstream laptops.

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It isn't the first time that claims have surfaced that Apple is working on displacing Intel in its line-up of conventional desktops and laptops. It can be used to accelerate frequently used applications, games, and files.

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