Intel unveiled its latest laptop processors based on the Coffee Lake platform on Tuesday In particular, its high-performance Core i9 series is now being delivered for the first time to notebooks with the same thermal profile as the existing 15-inch MacBook Pro design – but the new chips do not support LPDDR4 RAM.
The Core i9 -8950HK is a six-core chip with a basic clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz, and Turbo Boost accelerates up to 4.8 gigahertz on a single core, Intel said. It still has the same 45-watt thermal design power as the 2.8-gigahertz core-core Core i7 in the entry-level 15-inch MacBook Pro.
While likely to be much more powerful and expensive than the average person, Apple could theoretically accept the chip as an adjustment option for pro buyers who run extremely demanding applications like Final Cut Pro X. In December, Apple updated the video editing suite with 8K video support and the expansion of 360-degree VR video to Motion and Compressor
These buyers could also use the external GPU support of macOS 10.13.4 to provide the flexibility of a laptop Achieve performance closer to the level of an iMac Pro.
Intel has also updated its i3 and Core i3 mobile cores, i5 and i7 lines, including two six-core i7 chips, which were clocked at 2.2 and 2.6 gigahertz, and a quad-core, which was rated at 2.7. The new i5 chips are quad-core models at 2.3 and 2.5 gigahertz, although there are actually two processors at the 2.3-gigahertz level: one with 3.8 gigahertz Turbo Boost, a 6 megabyte Smart Cache and 28 watts TDP, and a second with a 4-gigahertz boost, an 8-megabyte cache, and 45-watt TDP. The current 13-inch MacBook Pro has a 28-watt TDP.
The processors do not support LPDDR4 memory, with the same LPDDR3 as in the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro RAM limited to 16 GB. So if Apple decides to bring 32GB of RAM to a new MacBook Pro, it would need to use DDR4 RAM and implement a controller that would both have a big impact on battery life.
The rumors are still gathering momentum for this year's MacBook Pro updates. Apple reportedly plans to switch to its own Mac processors by 2020, which could make 2018 models the last for some people before Apple leaves Intel.