Intel Chips Break 5 GHz Mobile CPU Barrier

Your gaming laptops are about to get a lot faster

Gamers and professionals always crave more processing power, even at the expense of portability and battery life. Intel’s new 10th Gen H-series laptop CPUs will deliver on that front.

Intel 10th Gen Core CPU
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Intel just smashed through the 5 GHz performance barrier with a series of new 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series chips designed specifically for laptops. The company announced the new processors in April.

Inside the technology: This is desktop-class performance inside a mobile-friendly CPU. The 10th Gen Intel Core i9 has 8 cores and 16 threads with a maximum locked performance of 5.3 GHz. A 10th Gen Core i7 offers up to 5 GHz Turbo, which means day-to-day performance is probably under 5 GHz. However, the unlocked Core i9 allows for further tuning and over-clocking, which might eke out even more 5.3 GHz-plus performance.

What does this mean: For gamers, this level of performance seriously impacts gameplay. Intel reports 54% more frames per second (fps), which would translate into smoother and more realistic-looking gaming. Even the slightly slower Core i7 promises a 44% boost in FPS. The Core i7 and i9 will also be packaged with new Intel Thermal Velocity Boost Power, which tunes the processor based on heat management. These numbers, by the way, are based on Intel’s controlled benchmark test suite and the company admits, “Your results may vary.” In addition, third-parties have yet to test out Intel’s performance claims.

Is it all for games? Laptops featuring these new CPUs could also be incredible workhorses with better overall performance (up to 44% on the Core i9) and 70% faster 4K video rendering on the Core i7. There are also a pair of H-Series Core i5 CPUs that lack the Thermal Velocity Boost and top out at 4.6 GHz.

Is it all about the CPU? For gamers, the quality and speed of the CPU is only half the story. The best gaming laptops will couple the 10th Gen Intel Core Series H with high-speed graphics processors (GPUs), probably from Nvidia.

What about battery life? These systems are about gaming and workstation-level performance in relatively thin (20mm) and light systems. So, it’s not surprising Intel made no mention of battery performance in its announcement.

When can I get it? Laptops featuring the new Intel 10th Gen Core Series H mobile processors arrive this year.

Bottom Line: Breaking the 5 GHz barrier is notable for gamers craving more power, and for Intel, which now sits ahead of chief mobile gaming CPU competitor AMD. For consumers craving the ultimate in mobile gaming performance, they clearly have a new choice to consider.

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