When it comes to gaming these days, there are so many platforms/devices to consider. Some swear by gaming consoles, while others may prefer the pick-up-and-play nature of mobile (smartphone) gaming. But PC gaming continues to be steadfastly popular—at least, judging by the vast amount of gaming-focused tech that’s available.
Intel have just announced that their newly-launched 10th Gen Intel Core H-series mobile processors are the first in the company’s history to break the 5GHz mark—up to 5.3GHz for the range-topping i9-10980HK’s max turbo frequency.
H-series processors are designed for those with heavy gaming and workhorse needs, and we’re expecting to see these in premium, powerful laptops at the high-end of the market. 10th Gen Y-series and U-series chips have already hit the market, and the new H-series chips are still based on Intel’s 14nm process—not 10nm Ice Lake chipsets.
Gamers can still expect to see a 44 percent increase in performance for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in Full HD with settings set on high, compared to the three-year-old i7-10750H. The headlining i9-10980HK also delivers 54% more frames-per-second (FPS) on Red Dead Redemption compared to the i7-7920HQ, another 3 year old system.
There are a number of nifty features to better optimise your machine for gaming too, according to Intel. This includes a built-in overclocking tool, Speed Optimizer, and Thermal Velocity Boost—this can increase your clock speed if CPU temperatures drop below 65°C. Just like some of their other 10th-generation processors, the H-series will also feature support for Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3, which means that you can connect your machine to two 4K displays simultaneously (yay!).
The latest processors are meant to directly rival AMD’s new 4000 series of mobile processors, although AMD’s 7nm architecture is arguably more efficient on power. Additionally, the Radeon Vega graphics (with up to 8 cores) also outdo Intel’s integrated UHD graphics, although this might be mitigated by the fact that laptops that will come with the H-series chips will probably have dedicated graphics.
Essentially, the H-series is Intel’s attempt to bring “desktop-calibre performance” the laptops, following the trend of gamers moving towards mobile (laptop) systems for their gaming needs. We should be seeing new laptops featuring Intel’s latest chips hit the proverbial shelves soon, so keep an eye out for gaming laptop releases in the coming weeks/months.
To find out more about Intel’s 10th Gen Core processors, click here.