Intel refreshes consumer portfolio with 40 new laptop, desktop chips
The CPUs are all based on the 14-nanometer manufacturing process that the company has used for its last few product generations. The main highlight is a set of six new chips for high-end laptops that, according to Intel, can provide as much as 33 percent more performance than a three-year-old personal computer.
They’re headlined by the flagship Core i9-9980HK, the company’s first laptop processor to achieve a top speed of 5 gigahertz. This milestone is facilitated by a technology called Thermal Velocity Boost that Intel first started shipping with CPUs last year. It allows chips to increase their frequencies when they’re cool enough to avoid the risk of overheating.
For added measure, Intel is shipping the Core i9-9980HK in an unlocked state, meaning its preprogrammed frequency and voltage limits can be modified. Savvy users have the option of raising the top speed beyond the default maximum to squeeze even more power out of the CPU. According to Intel, the chip can run video editing programs up to 54 percent faster than a three-year-old PC and provide a 56 percent improvement in video game performance.
The new desktop CPUs introduced in conjunction also offer big speed improvements. The most powerful chip in the lineup is the Core i9-9900K, which has a base clock rate of 3.6 GHz and set no less than 16 performance records during a recent Intel benchmark test. At one point in the demonstration, the chipmaker managed to nearly double the CPU’s frequency to 7.1 GHz.
Intel is releasing a few more budget-friendly chips, too. Seven of the new CPUs unveiled today are honing the company’s Pentium Gold and Celeron product lines, which are aimed at entry-level devices.
These chips will likely be among the last consumer processors from Intel to use its 14-nanometer architecture. The company is preparing to start production of faster, more efficient 10-nanometer CPUs that are on track to hit the market in time for the 2019 holiday season.
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