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Intel Unveils 'World's Fastest' Laptop CPUs: 5 Things To Know

Intel brings 5 GHz boost clock speeds to the masses with its new 10th-generation Core H-Series processors for gaming and content creation laptops, which an executive says will create new refresh opportunities for the channel, especially as people are stuck at home due to the coronavirus.

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Intel Says New H-Series Creates New Refresh Opportunities For Channel

With the new 10th-generation Intel Core H-Series, the chipmaker has revealed what it's calling the "world's fastest" mobile processors, allowing gaming and content creation laptops to reach clock speeds of up to 5.3 GHz while pushing eight cores for multi-threaded workloads.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company's new laptop processors, code-named Comet Lake H, are coming out as its rival, AMD, is more competitive than ever in the mobile space, with more than 100 laptops expected to include AMD's Ryzen 4000 processors this year.

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For its part, Intel expects 10th-gen Core H-Series parts to go into more than 100 laptops for 2020, but that doesn't include the laptops that launched with the Ice Lake and Comet Lake variants of Intel's 10th-gen Core processor family last year.

With many people stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, Intel's Fredrik Hamberger said now is a prime time for new laptops, especially those optimized for gaming.

"You look at everything that's happening, it is a good release for a lot of people being able to get online, play some games, socialize even if it's still within the right distance and keeping safe," Fredrik Hamberger, Intel's general manager of premium and gaming laptops, said in a recent briefing. "A super relevant category at this point in time," he added.

What follows are five things Intel's channel partners should know about the new H-Series processors, including specifications, features, benchmark comparisons and laptops that will use the processors as well as how the pandemic is impacting rollout and what the refresh opportunity is.

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