New 8th generation Intel processors

Intel’s new line of processors includes the fastest chip ever made for laptops – which may come to equip future MacBooks Pro

It is unlikely that the timing has to do with the little bomb dropped yesterday by Bloomberg, but the fact is that Intel is moving to introduce its new line of processors and bring news that, unless in the short term, should reach the Mac closer to you. The giant today presented a new group of chips of the eighth generation of processors for laptops, including a new and very appetizing Core i9 – the first in the notebook series.

If you’re confused by this blessed 8th generation from Intel and wondering why we’ve covered a group of processors from that same generation for more than a semester, it’s perfectly understandable: the company’s chip line is in a transition phase complex, with several architectures and small variations permeating the different models and series.

The fact is that these new processors presented today bring the architecture “Coffee Lake”, still based on the manufacturing process of 14 nanometers, but more modern than the standard “Kaby Lake” earlier, which equips most Macs for sale today. The new chips can reproduce 41% more frames per second in games or edit 4K videos 59% faster than the previous generation with a discrete graphics chip, according to the manufacturer.

The big star of the show is the new Core i9-8950HK, the first chip in the i9 series available for notebook computers, which has 6 cores and 12 threads with clock2.9GHz base and Turbo Boost 4.9 GHz – all responsible for creating, according to Intel, the most powerful laptop processor of all time.

The chip also supports up to 32GB of RAM, which (assuming it comes to a MacBook eventually) would mean the end of the frequent complaint from MacBook Pro owners regarding the maximum 16GB of memory. What about? ?

New 8th generation Intel processors

The new group also brings two new models of Core i5, two of Core i7 and two of the Xeon series, this one dedicated to servers and the professional market – as you can see in the table above. For less stubborn machines, we also have four more “modest” chips, two from the i5 series and two from the i7:

New 8th generation Intel processors

We don’t know, of course, which of these chips will make it to Macs, but it wouldn’t be too bad to see a MacBook Pro with this new Core i9, isn’t it? We can only dream …

via Patently Apple