Intel announced that its new 10th-gen mobile processors will offer speeds in excess of 5GHz for the first time.
The new H-series CPUs, specifically in the Core i7 range, will offer even faster speeds than the current Core i9-9980HK flagship (which tops out at 5GHz) and new Core i9 mobile processors will be even faster and offer up to eight cores and 16 threads with peak boost speeds well above 5GHz.
Higher clock frequencies would see Intel bolster its lightly-threaded performance, especially important in games and productivity workloads.
Intel also announced its latest addition to its NUC mini computer range.
Intel's latest Next Unit of Computing (NUC) kits promise the best performance options that the mini-PCs have offered to date. In addition to a version that finally provides desktop-level gaming prowess in a NUC, there's also a workstation edition available for the first time.
The NUC 9 Extreme -- also known as the Ghost Canyon NUC -- is a successor to Skull Canyon and Hades Canyon NUCs. The NUC 9 Extreme is the first NUC that can accept desktop-sized graphics cards, thanks to a PCIe x16 slot, and comes equipped with a Core i9 processor, including an option for an unlocked version.
The Ghost Canyon model includes the processor, but leaves the rest to the user, who needs to supply RAM, storage, and discrete graphics to the unit. That can be made easier with the optional Compute Element, a more convenient, modular way to swap components in and out of the NUC. Other features supplied with the NUC 9 Extreme include a 500-watt power supply, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a pair of Thunderbolt ports and a HDMI 2.0a port. Though it can only accept graphics cards up to 8 inches in length, the Ghost Canyon NUC only takes up a mere 9.4x8.5x3.8 inches.
The NUC 9 Pro resembles the 9 Extreme NUC in a number of ways (500-watt power supply, support for desktop graphics cards, similar connectivity options), but rather than coming with Core i9 CPUs, the 9 Pro will be available with either a Core i7-9850H vPro or a Xeon E-2286M processor option. Other workstation-level features include support for Intel's Active Management Technology and Trusted Platform Module (TPM) inclusion.
Intel has provided no specific pricing or availability details yet.