Updated: Feb 24
Intel announced a series of updates at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) on its latest gaming initiatives, with the headline news being the addition of a new lineup of H-Series processors, including a new Core I9 family. Intel also announced a new Graphics Command Center software for its integrated graphics. Intel designed the software to improve the user interface and enable a new one-click optimization feature.
9th-Generation H-Series Processors
Intel's disclosures on the new 9th-generation H-Series processors were slight, as the company merely disclosed that the new lineup of 45W chips designed for high-end notebooks, including a new lineup of Core i9 models, will come to market in the second quarter of 2019.
Intel already announced the availability of the H-Series models this year, and although the company did not divulge further technical details, some basic specifications of the processors, purportedly codenamed Comet Lake, have come to light. According to the latest information, the new H-Series processors will come with up to eight cores paired with Intel's Gen9.5 graphics, perhaps marking yet another iterative update based on its 14nm process.
Intel says its 9th Gen CPUs for gaming laptops will launch by in Q2 2019
Leaks suggest that the top-end Core i9 will have eight cores, 16 threads
Intel announced a new GPU Command Center and anti-bullying initiative
FEATURES AND BENEFITS:
A New Level of Performance
Game on a Whole New Level
Create Without Limits
Scalable Portfolio of Processors
The NEW 9th Generation of Intel® Core™ Desktop Processor Delivers:
A range of processors including the first unlocked Intel® Core™ i9 mainstream desktop processor.
Data acceleration when paired with Intel® Optane™ memory to retrieve that data you use the most for fast system responsiveness.
DDR4 RAM memory technology support, which allows systems to have up to 64 GB of memory and up to 2666 MT/s memory transfer speeds.
Intel® Z390 chipset support which includes unprecedented connectivity to all of your devices with integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2, Intel® Wireless-AC, and support for Gigabit Wi-Fi speed.
Compatible with Intel® 300 series chipset.
Intel Graphics Command Center Software
Over a billion users worldwide use Intel's integrated graphics, making the company the world's largest graphics vendor, and it has been working to improve on the driver delivery front. Intel has long had a reputation for tardy day-zero drives releases for the latest games but has stepped up its efforts and delivered 14 day-zero driver launches (covering 55 titles) over the course of the last twelve months.
Much of this work comes as Intel lays the groundwork for the arrival of its Xe Graphics Architecture, which will span from a new line of discrete graphics cards to a new Gen11 graphics engine. Intel says this new generation of graphics will significantly boost performance, ranging from TeraFLOPS to PetaFLOPS of performance across the stack, but as with all powerful hardware, it needs capable software behind it. Especially to compete with polished Nvidia GeForce Experience and AMD Radeon Settings suites.
To that end, and to improve usability of the company's current line of graphics products, the company has developed the new Intel Graphics Command Center (ICGG), marking its first update to its control panel in five years. This new software allows for one-click optimization of the users' integrated graphics, meaning it automatically scans for game titles and applies the accompanying custom profiles. The software also sports an improved and modern user interface with a minimalistic design.
Intel says it developed the software based on user feedback, and welcomes more user feedback as it rolls out the software in a beta-test program. You can download the software here from the Microsoft store, but it does come with a few caveats. For now, the software only supports Windows 10 1709 or never, so Linux and MacOS aren't supported, and it is only compatible with processors featuring Gen9 and newer graphics (Skylake and beyond). Intel will also roll out support for game streaming at a later date.
Finally, Intel announced a research collaboration with Spirit AI to address toxicity in gaming, using AI including voice recognition to allow more active moderation of voice chats in online multiplayer games. Online Harrassment and bullying in games have become huge concerns.