Just a day after a report detailed that Apple is working on releasing Macs with its own CPUs by 2020, Intel has launched its new high-end Coffee Lake Core i9 processor for mobile laptops.
Intel’s Coffee Lake processors are based on the 14nm++ fabrication process. While the architecture itself does not offer any noticeable performance improvement over Kaby Lake, Intel has added more cores to the processors for improved multi-threaded performance.
The part unveiled by Intel today is the Core i9-8950HK featuring 6 cores and 12 threads. Thanks to the use of Thermal Velocity Boost, the CPU can turbo boost up to 4.8GHz. The processor is also unlocked, though Apple is unlikely to ship an unlocked processor on its MacBook lineup.
Intel says that its Core i9 processors can offer up to 41 percent more frames in games or edit 4K videos up to 59 percent faster than previous Intel Core processors.
Apple has traditionally used high-end Core i7 processors on its 15-inch MacBook Pro. Given the new Core i9 processors offer better performance while consuming the same amount of power, they are a perfect fit for Apple’s 2018 MacBook Pro lineup especially thanks to their improved editing performance. More importantly, perhaps, the new Core chipsets support up to 32GB of RAM. Pro users have long complained about support for only 16GB RAM on Apple’s revamped MacBook Pro lineup so this would definitely be a welcome addition.
Intel has only just announced its eight-generation Core processors for laptops which means that Apple’s refreshed 2018 MacBook Pro lineup featuring the new processors is still at least a few months away.[Via Intel]