Intel Launches 9th Gen Core Mobile, Featuring i9-9980HK With 8 Cores/16 Threads at Up to 5GHz

Subject: Processors, Chipsets, Mobile | April 23, 2019 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: Intel, Core i9-9980HK, coffee lake refresh, 9th generation core

Intel today is officially launching its 9th Generation Core H-series mobile processor lineup, introducing a range of Core i5, i7, and i9 configurations that now top out at up to 8 cores and 16 threads within a 45W TDP for high-end laptops.

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As the mobile counterparts to the 9th Gen desktop "Coffee Lake Refresh" parts released last fall, these new 9th Gen mobile parts don't make any major leaps in terms of underlying architecture, but rather aim to reach new performance levels by packing in more cores and threads, upping the frequencies, adding (or improving) support for new technologies such as Optane H10 and Wi-Fi 6, and rolling in the latest hardware mitigations for speculative execution vulnerabilities. There's also support for up to 128GB of DDR4 memory.

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In contrast to some initial rumors, all of the parts announced today also feature multithreading, a departure from Intel's i5 and i7 Coffee Lake Refresh configurations for the desktop. On the graphics side, however, the new lineup continues to feature Intel's UHD 630 iGPU, although Intel's pre-launch marketing materials were eager to point out that the processor maintains up to 16 lanes of PCIe for connection to a discrete graphics option in laptops that offer it.

The complete lineup of the configurations announced today:

Model Cores/Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP
Core i9-9980HK 8/16 2.4GHz 5.0GHz 16MB 45W
Core i9-9880H 8/16 2.3GHz 4.8GHz 16MB 45W
Core i7-9850H 6/12 2.6GHz 4.6GHz 12MB 45W
Core i7-9750H 6/12 2.6GHz 4.5GHz 12MB 45W
Core i5-9400H 4/8 2.5GHz 4.3GHz 8MB 45W
Core i5-9300H 4/8 2.4GHz 4.1GHz 8MB 45W

Intel is positioning its range of 9th Gen Core mobile processors as a solution for the increasing performance demands of laptop users, specifically targeting the "enthusiast gaming," and "content creation" market segments. For gamers, higher single-threaded frequencies can improve frame rates while native support for Optane H10 helps loading and launch times. On the content creation side, having up to 16 threads can improve media editing workflows and speed up render times. OEMs with desktop-replacement designs can also offer overclocked configurations that, given adequate power and cooling, should reach new performance heights for system powered by a mobile processor (not counting the behemoths that pack a desktop-class part into a laptop chassis).

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OEMs such as ASUS, MSI, and Acer are announcing their 9th Gen Core mobile-powered systems alongside Intel's announcement today. Availability and pricing will vary.

Source: Intel

Refreshing Intel's Coffee was quite effective

Subject: Processors | October 19, 2018 - 01:55 PM |
Tagged: 2700x, amd, coffee lake, coffee lake refresh, i5-9600K, i7-9700K, i9-9900K, Intel, ryzen 7, Z390

With the advent of the 9th generation of Core processors from Intel, we see the market return to what we have been used to in the past.  Intel's offering is now faster and more effective than AMD's Ryzen, but it is also significantly more expensive.  Instead of getting an APU and heatsink for ~$300, you will be paying ~$530 for just the processor with no cooler.  That said the i9-9900K makes sense for those who have spent the money on an RTX 2080 Ti and a high resolution monitor, since they've already set a large budget; while those with less lofty dreams will be very happy with the Ryzen 7 2700X.

The question of overclocking is an interesting one, as Ken had no luck getting the chip to run above 5GHz.   [H]ard|OCP had a slightly better experience, hitting 5.14GHz with a 3600MHz memory bus, which could not match the content creation power of Threadripper 2 even though it was sucking down more juice.  Check out their review and then browse through the ones below.

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"The new 9th generation Intel i9-9900K CPU is upon us! AMD has been pushing into Intel's desktop market and Intel knows it. Today Intel is pulling the curtain back on "not paid for" reviews and we are happy to be serving you one of those up here today. Is the i9-9900K better than the Ryzen 7 2700X, and is it worth the staggering price premium?"

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Subject: Processors
Manufacturer: Intel

Overview

One of the most radical changes to happen in the last two years in the PC hardware space has to be the launch of AMD's Ryzen processors. Despite the failure that was the FX-series with their Bulldozer architecture, AMD managed to shock the industry with the performance of their next generation Zen architecture.

After generations upon generations of consumer processors topping out at four cores going back to the Core 2 days, Intel finally launched their first 6-core processor for consumers with the 8700K almost exactly a year ago.

AMD's continued to persevere with the launch of the second generation Ryzen 7 2700X earlier this year, which managed to improve the single-threaded performance gap between AMD and Intel. 

Still, this performance gap existed, leaving room for what Intel is launching today, their first 8-core mainstream consumer processor, the Core i9-9900K. Finally having core count parity with AMD, and still holding an advantage in single-threaded performance, this launch has garnered a lot of attention.

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  Core i9-9900K Ryzen 7 2700X Threadripper 2950X Core i9-7900X Core i7-8700K Core i7-7700K
Architecture Coffee Lake Refresh Zen+ Zen+ Skylake-X Coffee Lake Kaby Lake
Process Tech 14nm++ 12nm 12nm 14nm+ 14nm++ 14nm+
Cores/Threads 8/16 8/16 16/32 10/20 6/12 4/8
Base Clock 3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.3 GHz 3.7 GHz 4.2 GHz
Boost Clock 5.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.5 GHz
L3 Cache 16MB 16MB 32MB 11MB 12MB 8MB
Memory Support DDR4-2666 (Dual-Channel) DDR4-2933 (Dual-Channel) DDR4-2933 (Quad-Channel) DDR4-2666 (Quad-Channel) DDR4-2666 (Dual-Channel) DDR4-2400 (Dual-Channel)
PCIe Lanes 16 16 64 44 16 16
TDP 95 W 105 W 180 W 140 W 95 W 91 W
Socket LGA1151 AM4 TR4 LGA-2066 LGA1151 LGA1151
Price (MSRP) $499 $329 $899 $1000 $349 $329

Click here to continue reading our review of the Intel Core i9-9900K

Intel's cup of hot Coffee has sprung a leak

Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2018 - 01:32 PM |
Tagged: coffee lake refresh, i5-9600K, i3-9000, 14nm

Today's Intel leak is a little less of a rumour than the AMD GPUs of yesterday as Intel accidentally published the model information themselves.  The process node, price and any release dates are speculation but we do have specs on two 9th generation Core processors.  The i5-9600K will be a six core, six thread CPU with top clock of 4.5GHz, 9MB of L3 cache and a 95W TDP.  The other model revealed is the i3-9000 will have four 3.7GHz cores with 4 threads, 6MB of L3 cache and a 65W TDP.   These Coffee Lake Refresh chips will a tough time on the market as AMD offers higher thread counts, albeit at a lower frequency. 

Things are getting very interesting in the CPU world; The Inquirer has links if you want to dig.

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"The document appears to have now been updated to strip out mention of the 9th-gen processors, but PC Gamer reports that a separate PDF was also posted online - though it now results in a page missing error - that listed some of the specs of the incoming chips."

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Source: The Inquirer

Intel's 8 Cores meal; comes with a Coffee Refresh

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: Intel, rumour, coffee lake refresh

Kudos to Intel for choosing to name their Coffee Lake Refresh exactly that, instead of adding an 'S' to the end of the name.   The refresh is rumoured to include an 8-core mainstream model, which will somewhat narrow AMD's current lead.  The rumours The Inquirer heard also suggest a 22-core high end model is a possibility, certainly an interesting count if nothing else.  This would come at a cost however, a run of Coffee Lake Refresh suggests that Cannon Lake may need a little work before it can be fired off.

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"The schedule states that Intel will launch the 8-core chip as an extension of the existing Coffee Lake family of processors in a few months' time, but it will be named the Coffee Lake Refresh, not the Coffee Lake S as previously speculated."

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Source: The Inquirer