ASUS have just announced their refreshed gaming rage, complete with shiny new 8th Gen Intel processors. Here's how much they're gonna cost you, and when you can get their hands on them.
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Shouty RGB lighting and aggressive red and black paints jobs can be a lot of fun, especially when you're a teenager or someone who thinks putting lots of Xs in their gamertag makes them seem edgy. But at some point, it's time to grow up. Now that doesn't mean you need to cut out video games completely, don't be silly. After all, everyone is a gamer now, with people ages 36 and up representing 45 per cent of the total US gamer population. Instead, maybe just consider buying gaming gear that doesn't look like you're hosting a one person rave every time you turn it on.
The i9 designation is reserved for Intel's fastest processors that can go in a desktop you or your friend (and not a multimillion dollar business) might own. These things are very fast - with up to 18 cores in each processor, capable of running 32 threads simultaneously. The i9 processors, which were first introduced back in the late winter of 2017, are also super expensive, but Intel is hoping you love the luxury and power of the i9 brand enough to buy a hobbled version for your laptop, because the i9-8950HK is now available in a wide range of mobile workstations and gaming laptops.
You will be forgiven if you've been perplexed by Intel's 8th generation Core computer processors. Back in October 2017 I called this 8th-gen "a confusing Frankenstein-like monster", and that still holds true! The generation is a mishmash of microarchitectures cobbled together under a single umbrella term of "8th Generation", and the processors have slowly trickled out over the last seven months. Now another round of processors have been announced - less than a week after the last batch.
It's that time of year when Intel, the largest maker of laptop and desktop processors in the world, announces the guts of your future PC. These CPUs are always a little faster and a little more battery efficient. This year Intel is launching it's latest processor on the same day as the first major solar eclipse in North America in four decades. Coffee Lake, besides being the place I dream of waking up in each morning, is the 8th generation Core processor from Intel. It's fast, efficient, and it's going to be coming to a lot of very thin laptops later this year.