As usual, these H-series chips are for gaming machines and workhorses, not laptops where battery efficiency is essential. You can expect about 44% better performance Assassin’s Creed Odyssey at 1080p with high settings, compared to the three-year Core i7-7700HQ. And the new high-end Core i9 is 54% faster Red Dead Redemption 2, compared to the i7-7820HK (there were no mobile Core i9 chips three years ago). Reaching above 5 GHz is a notable achievement, and a nice deviation away from Intel’s dependence on its 14nm “Comet Lake” architecture, as is its latest batch of powerful ultraportable processors.
Intel is in direct competition with the new Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors from AMD, which also offer up to eight cores, but with a lower maximum clock speed of 4.4 GHz. AMD uses a refined 7nm architecture, which makes them more efficient in terms of power. And the new AMD chips also include up to 8 cores of Radeon Vega graphics, which can easily overcome Intel’s aging UHD graphics. But really, all of these processors are best suited for laptops with dedicated GPUs, so it makes sense for Intel to skimp on that for now.