Starting off with the processors, Intel’s says that its 9th generation mobile H-Series processors will begin shipping during the second quarter of 2019, and that they will power the “ultimate laptops for gamers and creators.” These processors will still of course be built on Intel’s venerable 14nm++ process technology and will include flagship Core i9 SKUs.
These new processors will apparently be in the Comet Lake family, supporting up to 8-cores in the mobile realm. Intel is also touting the compatibility with its Optane memory family and support for its own Wi-Fi 6 AX200 solutions for gamers looking to connect wirelessly with the fastest available speeds (when paired with a Wi-Fi 6 router, of course). According to Intel, it will provide further details on this 9th generation mobile CPU family closer to launch.
In other Intel news, the company showed off the new Graphics Command Center, which has been totally redesigned to make changing graphics settings easier than ever with a more modern user interface. Given that Intel’s integrated GPUs have traditionally been a lot more performance-starved than their discrete counterparts from NVIDIA and AMD, gamers will appreciate that Intel has taken the time to implement features like automatic game detection and one-click game optimization to help extract every single ounce of performance from the IGP.
In addition, Intel goes through great lengths to not only explain what each setting does for the user, but it also provides before and after imagery to show how any given setting will affect the final output in-game. This software forms the basis of not just Intel’s current and near-term graphics solutions, but also its upcoming discrete graphics cards which are set to debut in 2020.
If you want to get a taste of the new Intel Graphics Command Center, you can try an early access version right now via the Microsoft Store. However, Intel warns that the software is currently only compatible with 6th generation Core processing platforms and above running on Windows 10 (version 1709 or newer).