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The Core i9 8950 HK
Let’s cut the chase directly and discuss the flagship mobile processor from Intel, the Core i9 8950 HK.
This hexa-core chipset comes clocked at 2.9GHz and offers a turbo boost up to 4.8GHz.
This seems almost similar to the Intel Core i7 8850H with six cores up its sleeve.
There are mainly two differences between the i7 8850H and the i9 8950 HK.
The main and primary difference is with the clock speeds. The Core i7 8850H has a base clock of 2.6GHz with turbo boost up to 4.6GHz.
This in comparison with the Core i9 is slightly less.
The Core i9 8950 HK is an unlocked chip.
Yes, you heard it right.
For tech enthusiasts and nerds, this might be the holy grail in the mobile computing empire they’ve been in search of.
In comparison, the i7 8850H is a partially overclockable chipset.
Features of Core i9 8950 HK
- Truly unlocked, overclockable chipset
- 6 cores/12 threads with turbo boost up to 4.8GHz
- Intel Optane memory support
- Thermal velocity boost
- 16 PCIe express lanes
What’s Intel Optane?
Intel Optane is a high-speed cache bridge between the RAM and the storage.
It helps in faster data transfer speeds between the memory, storage and the processor.
Intel optane memory comes in two variants – 16GB as well the 32GB.
The Core i9 8950K is pretty much optimized for the optane technology to extract every bit of juice it can deliver.
Optane memory is most suitable to be used along with a conventional HDD rather than an SSD. The performance impact is more dramatic with the former.