As of mid 2018 you should purchase efficiency laptops with an Intel Core i9 processor, specifically the Core i9-8950HK, half of the Intel Espresso Lake platform.
On this article we’ll inform you what to anticipate from the cellular Core i9 CPU, the way it compares to the mainstream Core i7s obtainable in most multimedia and gaming notebooks today, and whether or not (or fairly when) this processor is value your cash, contemplating you’ll need to pay a big premium for it.
This apart, we’ve additionally compiled a complete list of the notebooks motorized by Core i9 processors which might be available in shops, and we’ll up to date it within the months to return with new SKUs as they’re introduced.
In fact, it involves no shock that the majority of these computer systems are hefty full-size desktop replacements, however there are additionally a couple of portable choices to think about. Simply make certain to learn correct evaluations earlier than taking the plunge on any of these, so that you’ll discover out if their cooling implementations are literally succesful of protecting the i9 at bay. If not, it might make far more sense to only go together with the extra reasonably priced i7 configurations.
The Core i9-8950HK cellular processor
The i9-8950HK is the top-tier CPU in Intel’s Espresso Lake H line of efficiency processors for cellular computer systems. It will get 6 cores, 12 threads, 12 MB of cache reminiscence, a normal frequency of 2.9 GHz and a most Turbo Increase frequency of Four.eight GHz (we’ll get to that in a bit), and helps as much as 64 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz of dual-channel RAM.
The Okay on the finish of the identify means this processor will get an unlocked multiplier and is thus, overclockable, which signifies that if the cooling implementation permits, it will probably run at greater than inventory speeds.
The desk under exhibits the way it compares to the mainstream Espresso Lake i7-8750H, in addition to the Kaby Lake i7-7820Okay that it supposedly succeeds.
|i9-8950HK (Ark)||i7-8750H (Ark)||i7-7820HK (Ark)|
|Litography||14++ nm||14++ nm||14+ nm|
|CPU Base Frequency||2.9 GHz||2.eight GHz||2.9 GHz|
|Turbo – All Cores||–||Three.9 GHz||Three.5 GHz|
|Turbo – 1 Core||Four.eight* GHz||Four.1 GHz||Three.9 GHz|
|L3 Cache||12 MB||9 MB||eight MB|
|Reminiscence||DDR4 – 2666 Mhz||DDR4 – 2666 Mhz||DDR4 – 2400 Mhz|
Apart for the elevated quantity of cache in comparison with the i7s, the i9 additionally will get Thermal Velocity Increase (TVB), which in Intel’s phrases “opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency up to 200 MHz if the processor temperature is low enough and turbo power budget is available”. Therefore the Four.eight GHz most Turbo Increase “opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency up to 200 MHz if the processor temperature is low enough and turbo power budget is available”.
In response to Intel’s slides although, the “low enough temperature” is of solely 50 C, which suggests the i9 almost certainly would solely clock to Four.6 GHz sporadically and for very brief bursts initially of complicated masses, in any other case maxing out at Four.6 GHz. Even so, that’s greater than the 6-core i7-8750H can attain, and so long as the implementation retains temperatures and throttling at bay, we will anticipate the i9-8950HK to supply a big increase in efficiency over the extra mainstream choice, even with out overclocking.
Talking of efficiency, Intel advertises the i9-8950HK compared to the older i7-7820HK, claiming as much as 29% higher general efficiency, as you’ll be able to see within the image under.
I discover it much more extra fascinating how the i9-8950HK fares towards the i7-8750H although, however the efficiency drastically varies base on every SKU, because it’s extremely depending on the cooling implementation.
Nonetheless, the desk under provides you a ballpark concept of what to anticipate (the outcomes are based mostly on our checks of the 8750H and these scores of the 8950HK).
|3DMark 11 – Physics||~10800||~14800|
|3DMark – Hearth Strike Physics||~14500||~18500|
|Cinebench R15 CPU||1087 cb||1388 cb|
|Cinebench R15 CPU – Single Core||175 cb||203 cb|
|Geekbench Four.1 64-bit – Single Core||5138 pts||5464 pts|
|Geekbench Four.1 64-bit – Multi Core||20041 pts||24898 pts|
|x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero – Move 1||205.69 fps||233.eight fps|
|x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero – Move 2||66.53 fps||86.7 fps|
Portable Core i9 laptops
This part features a list of the portable notebooks that may be configured with a Core i9-8950HK processor.
There’s quite a bit of hype across the i9 not performing in addition to anticipated inside these skinny and mild laptops, and for probably the most half that’s true and ought to come to no shock.
When you’ll look into the MacBook Professional, XPS 15 or the Zenbook UX580 evaluations, you’ll see that the i9 can’t keep its excessive Turbo Velocity frequencies with steady demanding masses in these computer systems, and in some instances performs even worse than a daily i7 Espresso Lake construct. In others having the i9 gives a efficiency increase, however not what you will get from this processor in a thicker laptosp with a extra complicated cooling system.
So whereas it might be a mistake to attract any common conclusions on this matter, I might recommend rigorously contemplating if the i9 configurations are well worth the vital premium OEMs ask for in these ultraportables, in addition to rigorously wanting into detailed evaluations that take an in depth take a look at the efficiency within the situations you’re planning to make use of the notebooks yourselves. There’s a superb probability you’ll get comparable or almost comparable outcomes with the i7s, for a fraction of the price.
|Apple MacBook Professional 15||15.Four-inch retina||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||Radeon 555X/560X||Sure||Four.03 lbs / 1.83 kg|
|skinny and mild, aluminum unibody development, 2880 x 1800 px shiny display with TrueTone, RAM soldered on the motherboard, 1xM.2 PCIe storage – as much as Four GB, 4x Thunderbolt Three ports, 87 Wh battery, base fashions begin with i7 eighth gen CPUs|
|Worth: from $3099 – extra particulars|
|ASUS Zenbook Professional UX550GD / GE||15.6-inch FHD or UHD||as much as i9-8950HK / max 16 GB RAM||GTX 1050/ 1050 Ti||Sure||Four.08 lbs / 1.85 kg|
|skinny and mild, aluminum outer case, out there with FHD matte/contact or a wide-gamut UHD matte display, RAM soldered on the motherboard, 1xM.2 PCIe storage, 71 Wh battery, anticipate it to be extra reasonably priced than the competitors|
|ASUS Zenbook Professional UX580GE||15.6-inch FHD or UHD||as much as i9-8950HK / max 16 GB RAM||1050 Ti||Sure||Four.Four lbs / 2.00 kg|
|just like the UX550, however with a 5.5-inch display built-in inside the trackpad|
|Worth: from ~$1999|
|Dell Precision 15 5530||15.6-inch UHD||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||Nvidia Quadro P2000||Sure||Four.zero lbs / 1.eight kg|
|workstation model of the XPS 15 9570, skinny, mild and properly constructed, out there with wide-gamut IGZO UHD contact display, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 PCIe and 1×2.5″ storage, 56 Wh battery, customizable, larger finish configurations get costly|
|Worth: from $2199|
|Dell XPS 15 9570||15.6-inch FHD or UHD||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||GTX 1050 Ti MaxQ||Sure||Four.zero lbs / 1.eight kg|
|skinny and mild, sturdy development, obtainable with FHD matte or a wide-gamut UHD contact display, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 PCIe storage, 97 Wh battery, i9 configuration obtainable solely with 32 GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe storage|
|Worth: from $2499 – extra particulars|
|Eurocom Q8||17.Three-inch – numerous choices||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||GTX 1070||Sure||6.6 lbs / 2.99 kg|
|large and heavy, as much as GSync 144Hz display, QHD and UHD choices as properly, 2x RAM slots, CPU efficiency could possibly be higher, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 66 Wh battery, customizable|
|Worth: from 2299 – extra particulars|
|Origin EON-15S||15.6-inch FHD IPS||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||GTX 1060||Sure||Three.Four lbs / 1.54 kg|
|skinny and mild, compact type issue with slender bezels, no GSync display choice at this level, hybrid mechanical RGB keyboard, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe storage slots, 62 Wh battery, customizable|
|Origin EVO-17S||17.Three-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync or UHD IPS||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||GTX 1070||Sure||6.6 lbs / 2.99 kg|
|skinny and mild, compact type issue with slender bezels, no GSync display choice at this level, hybrid mechanical RGB keyboard, 2x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe + 1×2.5″ storage bays, 62 Wh battery, customizable|
Full-size Core i9 notebooks
This part consists of the full-size Core i9 notebooks.
Anticipate most of these to be hefty and heavy, with only a few exceptions, however on the similar time they need to squeeze probably the most out of the hardware inside and permit for tweaking and overclocking. On the similar time most of these laptops are extraordinarily noisy with gaming, to the purpose you’ll want headphones for snug use, which is considerably comprehensible on the few thinner fashions, however onerous to simply accept on the chunkier ones.
|Acer Helios 500||17.Three-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync||as much as i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM||GTX 1070||Sure||eight.eight lbs / Four.00 kg|
|large and heavy, FHD GSync 144Hz display or UHD 4K choice, RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 audio system, 74 Wh battery|
|Worth: from $2499 – extra particulars|
|Alienware 15||15.6-inch FHD IPS – numerous choices||as much as i9-8950HK / max 32 GB RAM||GTX 1070 OC/ 1080||Sure||7.75 lbs / Three.5 kg|
|large and heavy, numerous display choices, together with FHD 120 Hz and UHD IPS, with or with out GSync, RGB Alienware TactX keyboard, not one of the best efficiency with the i9 configurations, 2x RAM slots, 1xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 99 Wh battery, extremely customizable|
|Worth: from $2249 – extra particulars|
|Alienware 17||17.Three-inch QHD IPS 120 Hz with GSync||as much as i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM||GTX 1080 OC||Sure||9.75 lbs / Four.42 kg|
|large and heavy, GSync 120Hz display with 2560 x 1440 px decision, RGB Alienware TactX keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 audio system, 68 or 99 Wh battery, extremely customizable|
|Worth: ~$3099 – extra particulars|
|Aorus X9||17.Three-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync||as much as i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM||GTX 1080||Sure||eight.1 lbs / Three.7 kg|
|pretty skinny and compact for what it’s, GSync 144 display, mechanical RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.2 audio system, very noisy followers, 94 Wh battery|
|Worth: ~$3899 – extra particulars|
|ASUS ROG G703GI Chimera||17.Three-inch FHD IPS 144 Hz with GSync||as much as i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM||GTX 1080||Sure||10.Four lbs / Four.7 kg|
|large and heavy, GSync 144 display, RGB keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 71 Wh battery|
|Worth: ~$3699 – extra particulars|
|MSI GT75 Titan||17.Three-inch FHD TN 120 Hz with GSync||as much as i9-8950HK / max 64 GB RAM||GTX 1080||Sure||10.zero lbs / Four.56 kg|
|large and heavy, GSync 120Hz TN display, mechanical RGB Steelseries keyboard, 4x RAM slots, 2xM.2 PCIe and 1x 2.5″ storage, 2.1 audio system, very noisy followers, 75 Wh battery, requires two energy provides for the i9 mannequin|
|Worth: ~$3299 – extra particulars|
That’s about it for now, however we’re continually updating this list of Core i9 efficiency laptops, so make certain to examine again once in a while for the newest additions. And get in contact within the feedback part when you’ve got any questions, or in case you noticed a pocket book that ought to be in right here and we haven’t but added.