Intel has just launched its 10th generation high-performance portable H-series processors, breaking the 5 GHz barrier and ushering in a new era for creative professionals who want uncompromising photo and video editing performance on the go.
The announcement comes just days after AMD dazzled critics with the real-world debut of its Ryzen 4000 laptop chips, which strike the ultimate balance between power and energy efficiency, opening the door to thin notebooks and light with high level specifications and incredible battery life for creators and gamers.
But while Intel’s chips are still built around the company’s 14nm Comet Lake architecture, the brand is trying to beat AMD with brute force. Sure, 10th generation Intel chips will likely be much more power hungry than AMD alternatives, but the new 6 and 8-core i7 processors can reach 5.1 GHz on a single core, and the 8-core i9-10980HK reaches a 5.3 GHz.
This is great news for photographers and photo editors, whose workflows often depend more on processor and RAM performance than GPU. In addition, the top-level i9 can even be overclocked using Intel’s own software – with enough cooling, this chip should absolutely tear through the heaviest photo / video workflows.
Based on Intel’s own benchmarks – which we’ll take with a grain of salt for now – the new i9 offers “44% better overall performance” and “twice as fast 4K video rendering and export” compared to to a three-year-old system, while even the lowest-level 6-core i7-10750H will produce a 33% increase in performance and a 70% increase in 4K video export.
No photo-editing program is mentioned, but Lightroom, particularly energy-hungry, should benefit from a significant boost from 8-core / 16-wire chips, as it is optimized to take advantage of multiple cores.
Today’s announcement was joined by the debut of NVIDIA’s RTZ Super mobile GPUs (which we’ll see in another post) and a slew of new “creative” notebooks that take advantage of all of the above, so stay tuned for more information. It is safe to say that we are entering a “golden age” of high performance laptops for creative professionals.
In the meantime, if you want to deepen all of Intel’s performance criteria or learn more about these new processors, head over to the Intel website where you can read the full press release (and all the fine print) by yourself.