Intel may have taken a step back in the development of 5G modems, but the giant’s core business – processors – remains in full swing. Today, the company announced the ninth generation of Core i5, i7 and i9 H series chips, which serves to designate high-performance processors for portable computers.
Just as a reminder, the previous generation of these processors, the eighth, is the one that currently equips the latest models of the MacBooks Pro. That is, it is quite possible that we will see Apple adopting these new creations from Intel in a future generation of the machines – this, of course, if the transition to ARM chips developed in Cupertino does not arrive very quickly.
Regarding the processors themselves, we have six new models, all of them still in the old 14 nanometer architecture – the chips of the generation “Ice Lake”after all, they have already been presented, but they are still a little distant from the launch.
The most notable of the new group are the two i9 processors: the most powerful of them can reach, when unlocked, the 5GHz frequency – unprecedented number at Intel for chips intended for portable machines.
Also notable is the fact that all processors in the new line have TDP (thermal design power, or design thermal energy) 45, which means that they can be used on thinner machines – like MacBooks Pro – where heat dissipation is not as effective. They also support the new Wi-Fi 6 AX200 protocol, which has a latency reduction of up to 75%.
The table below details the technical specifications of each processor:
According to Intel, the new chips are ideal for professional users and content creators, with particular aptitude for editing and transcoding 4K video; compared to a three-year machine, new generation processors can offer up to 33% better overall performance, with 28% increased responsiveness. Chips also do very well with games – although that’s probably not your focus if you’re in the Mac world.
ASUS, Dell, Lenovo, HP and Acer are some of the manufacturers that have already confirmed the adoption of new processors in their future machines; as the availability of the parts is immediate, notebooks equipped with the ninth generation of chips may appear as of next month.
Apple, of course, was silent – and probably will remain so until a future MacBook Pro update. But it would be an interesting update, wouldn’t it?