The new 9th Gen Intel® Core™ mobile H-series processors, successors to the 8th Gen Intel Core which was released last year, were recently announced for laptops.
Dubbed “the most powerful generation of Intel® Core™ mobile processors ever”, Intel® is aiming to push gaming experiences on laptops to the next level. Its performance seems on track with that sentiment, with Intel claiming up to 33% overall performance and 28% increased responsiveness compared to a 3-year-old PC.
Consumers can choose from i5, i7 and i9 CPUs — the i9 variants will come with 8 processor cores and 16 threads in order to power these boosts, compared to the maximum of 6 cores and 12 threads from the previous generation.
Along with performance boost, these new CPUs are set to enable the fastest Wi-Fi possible yet for laptops with its Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 (Gig+) feature — the first Wi-Fi 6.
These new CPUs come in the wake of the new GeForce RTX GPUs that were released last year. These GPUs tout new Ray Tracing capabilities, never before seen in a PC. Ray Tracing is the simulation of light hitting a surface to create realistic reflections on virtual objects, technology usually only seen in big budget Hollywood movies.
With that in mind, laptop manufacturers are keen to include the new CPUs into their new slate of laptops in order to match these new ray tracing capable GPUs. Indeed, Razer and Dell are among the many to do so, with them confirming that their Razer Blade Pro and XPS 15 laptop series respectively will house the new 9th gen CPUs.
For those who are looking to upgrade on their current devices, this announcement could not have come at a better time. Now all that remains is choosing the right laptop.
Of course, if you can’t wait, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme is pretty good too. Here is our review:
Visuals courtesy of Intel and Razer