Let's face it, some of us just want our laptop do all the things we need it to do and all the techno-talk is just... well... confusing. Over the next few weeks the team at GIGABYTE Notebooks USA is going to take some time to translate tech to help you know which AERO or AORUS series laptop is right for you and all the things you do!
CPU - stands for central processing unit. It's the brains of the operation, or rather more like the left brain of the operation. (The GPU is kind of like a right brain, but that's a different article.). You probably see articles in the technical press talking about quad-core and 8-core CPUs, then they start talking threads and it sounds cool, but what does it mean?
The best explanation we've seen is this: " CPU Cores and Threads. Physical cores are like the chef, CPU threads (virtual cores) are like kitchen assistants, more of either will increase multitasking performance. " The more cores and threads the better the kitchen and you're cooking amazing feasts. (Anyone hungry yet?)
So what's the big difference between the Intel i9 and i7 cores found in AERO series laptops?
See that sticker on the right? >>>>>>>>>>
The i9-9980HK is an unlocked 8-core/16 thread CPU with 5.0ghz turbo boost frequency.
- Unlocked means this CPU is overclockable and able to tweak the clock frequency for more speed and performance (This means less stutter and chugging over all when doing the heavy lifting when editing raw and 4K files.)
- 8 Physical CPU cores means additional multitasking ability. Each individual core is responsible for processing/rendering data/video/graphics. Like if a restaurant has 8 cooks, they have a faster and better output compared to only 6 cooks.
(If you're a serious gamer, you totally get what overclocking is about.)
The i7-9750H is a locked 6-core/12 thread CPU with a max boost frequency of 4.5ghz.
- Locked so this CPU is unable to be tweaked for additional performance
- Limited to 4.5ghz boost which is a big drop from 5.0ghz (even 0.1ghz makes a difference in speed/performance)
- 6 Physical cores means less cooks in the kitchen and slower output compared to an 8 Core (e.g., Video rendering is slower)
If you're not doing a lot of heavy lifting like video editing, large raw file editing, or only run a few office programs or cloud based programs, then this will work for you.
Did this help clear up the difference between the two CPUs? Let us know in the comments!