Offering up to 12 simultaneous threads and clock speeds nearing 5 GHz, the new Intel Core i9 processors provide a significant performance boost over the Kaby Lake HQ. So far, there’s only one mobile Intel Core i9 processor, the Core i9-8950HK, but you can already choose from multiple gaming laptops that are equipped with it to enjoy unprecedented gaming performance at maximum resolution and quality settings even when you’re on the go.
Dell XPS 15 9570
The Dell XPS 15 9570 puts the Core i9-8950HK processor to good use. The laptop has a gorgeous 4K display with small bezels and anti-reflective coating. The display is touch-enabled, so you can interact with games and applications more intuitively. The Dell XPS 15 9570 wouldn’t be a proper gaming laptop if it wasn’t for its dedicated graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti with 4 GB GDDR5.
In The Witcher 3, for example, the graphics card can output 41 frames per second at the ultra present, which is fantastic considering that only a few games today are more demanding than The Witcher 3 at the highest settings. Amazon sells the Dell XPS 15 9570 with 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB SSD, which seems appropriate for a laptop with the best mobile processor currently available.
ASUS ROG G703
The ASUS ROG G703 has been designed by gamers for gamers. The company has pushed the envelope by including an ultra-responsive IPS-level 144 Hz display with a 3 ms response time. For a long time, achieving steady 144 frames per second without a beastly desktop computer seemed impossible—not anymore. The ASUS ROG G703 comes with a factory-overclocked 8th Generation Intel Core i9 processor and overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
In competitive games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, or League of Legends, you can rest assured knowing that your FPS won’t dip below 144 unless you decide to render a video in the background at the same time or do something similarly foolish. The ASUS ROG G703 also comes with 2.5 TB of storage space and the ultra-precise ASUS AURA SYNC RGB keyboard with 2.5 mm key travel distance.
MSI GT754K071 Titan 4K-071
The MSI GT754K071 Titan 4K-071 is a flagship Core i9 gaming laptop from MSI. It features the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, comes with 32 GB of RAM, offers 2 TB of storage space (1 TB SSD for games and applications and 1 TB HDD for data), and supports NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, which lets you experience incredibly smooth, tear-free gameplay at refresh rates up to 240 Hz.
The laptop is ready for virtual reality, but it’s also a great choice for content creators and power users who need as much performance as they can get their hands on for video editing and other demanding tasks. Thanks to the Killer Wireless-AC 1550, the world’s fastest 2×2 11ac wireless networking adapter, you can play competitive multiplayer games without a wired connection without any disadvantage.
Alienware 17 R5
With its stealthy appearance, the Alienware 17 R5 is an extremely likable and capable gaming laptop that won’t force you to lower your graphics settings just to enjoy smooth frame rates. The laptop has a 17.3-inch 2K TN+WVM display with refresh rates up to 120 Hz and the ability to output as much as 400 nits.
Inside the Alienware 17 R5 lives an overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8 GB DDR5X, 32 GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD, 1 TB HHD, and the Killer Wireless 1435 wireless networking adapter. Unlike other Core i9 gaming laptops listed in this article, the Alienware 17 R5 has a built-in Tobii Eye Tracker, allowing you to control your laptop with your eyes and show your viewers where you’re looking when live streaming.
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7
The Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 may not have the most beautiful name, but its gaming performance more than makes up for it. With its Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, 16 GB of DDR4 memory, 2 TB HDD, and 512 GB SSD. Thanks to dual all-metal AeroBlade 3D Fans with 5 copper heat pipes, the laptop stays reasonably cool even when pushed to its limits, making overclocking possible.
The Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-98Y7 is equipped with a 17.3-inch Full HD display with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology, four-zone RGB keyboard that gives you a plethora of colors to play with, subwoofer plus Waves MAXXAudio technology, and multiple ports for external monitors and peripherals.