back to article ♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

Owners of laptops fitted with Intel's Core i9 high-performance processor, including computers made by Apple and Dell, are finding that the machines slow down compared to the pace of older models. Chipzilla describes the six-core Core i9 as a "no compromises" chip aimed at gaming, VR and "next-level content creation". Intel has …

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  1. Alan J. Wylie Silver badge

    The song the headline referers to.

    Tom Lehrer - Wernher von Braun

    1. JeffyPoooh Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: The song the headline refers to...

      I came here with this ---v in my copy-and-paste buffer, but I see you've handled it.

      Don't say that he's hypocritical

      Say rather that he's apolitical

      "Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?

      That's not my department!" say Wernher von Braun

      ...

      1. Chloe Cresswell

        Re: The song the headline refers to...

        Don't forget...

        In German, or English, I know how to count down

        And I'm learning Chinese!... :)

        1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge
          Trollface

          Re: The song the headline refers to...

          Ah well, now that song's in my head I'm just going to have to put on "An Evening Wasted" and go the whole hog...

          "Spring is here, spring is here. Life is skittles and life is beer..."

          1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
            Happy

            Re: The song the headline refers to...

            Tom Lehrer is brilliant. I occasionally confuse the hell out of people when I sing "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" on my way to work (that or "I hold Your Hand in Mine", or "the Masochism Tango")

      2. bpfh Bronze badge

        Re: The song the headline refers to...

        Vonce ze rockets goes up who cares vhere zey komm down. Zat’s not my Department...

      3. bjr

        Re: The song the headline refers to...

        The Mort Saul version was "He aimed for the stars but he hit London"

  2. James 51 Silver badge
    FAIL

    It is not enough to have a powerful engine, you've got to have a chasis that can handle that kind of power. A laptop cooler might help but it isn't a very portable system if you need to stick it in the fridge to use it.

    1. macjules Silver badge
      Gimp

      Optional Extra Purchase

      So what about the CPU throttling: I shall buy a man-sized refrigerator and work inside that. What's a little frostbite compared to using the latest and greatest MacBook Pro?

      1. GrapeBunch Bronze badge

        Re: Optional Extra Purchase

        So, thinking of the great Canadian Outdoors in January? Temperatures down to -40C not unheard-of? Good luck typing in woollen mittens. Over a decade ago there was a screen (which I associate with the IBM Thinkpad 600E and 600X models) which if used in extreme cold would adopt a pink (or perhaps magenta?) cast. Forever, though I think mine got less pink with time--and centrally-heated indoor use.

        1. J27 Bronze badge

          Re: Optional Extra Purchase

          That's better than what happened to my Gameboy Pocket. The liquid in the LCD froze and broke the glass inside the screen. Never worked again and it was only about -30C that day.

    2. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge
      Flame

      I've seen a video where they ran a MacBook pro from a freezer. Still only just pipped last year's range topper when chilled to -18°c....

      Fire because you know it'll happen at some point...

  3. JeffyPoooh Silver badge
    Pint

    Hz, not hz

    "...adds 200Mhz of clock cycles to the standard 4.6Ghz of TurboBoost..."

    Further down they're correct.

    1. JeffyPoooh Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Hz, not hz

      Now corrected. Which is nice.

      1. Excellentsword (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Re: Hz, not hz

        I'm always watching. But would prefer it if you used the "Tips and corrections" button provided bottom left of articles.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Hz, not hz

          I'm always watching. But would prefer it if you used the "Tips and corrections" button provided bottom left of articles.

          Where's the fun in that?

          1. TRT Silver badge

            Re: Hz, not hz

            So much fun it Hertz.

  4. Craig 2

    These need a disclaimer that sustained maximum performance is not possible. The idea is sound that the processor can smash through a web page render or other short workload and then throttle back. BUT it's just not suitable for multi-hour rendering or gaming sessions.

    1. Named coward

      " Frequencies may reduce over time as processor temperature increases."

      Sustained performance seems to be "possible"...if you manage to keep the temperature below 50 degrees

      1. James 51 Silver badge

        That's like keeping a formula one car in first or second gear.

      2. J27 Bronze badge

        Even if the exterior temperature was -100C you'd still be seeing > 50C on a CPU die, the cooling solution just doesn't dissipate the heat fast enough.

    2. eldakka Silver badge

      These need a disclaimer that sustained maximum performance is not possible. The idea is sound that the processor can smash through a web page render or other short workload and then throttle back. BUT it's just not suitable for multi-hour rendering or gaming sessions.

      That is the theory behind Intel's ultra-low processors like the m5-6Y57. It's a "finish the job as fast as possible and then go back to sleep" paradigm.

      Which is fine for general purpose consumer laptops that follow that sort of workload - maximum speed while launching a program, or rendering a webpage, then go back to sleep.

      However, these are 'pro' laptops, targeted at professionals doing video editing, rendering, other professional type workloads.

      At the very least they should be able to sustain base clocks. But these laptops cannot even do that, they aren't just throttling turboboost, they are throttling their base clock speeds down.

  5. Anonymous Coward Silver badge
    Mushroom

    You're using it wrong.

    This macbook is clearly designed to be used inside a bath of liquid nitrogen.

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    2. eldakka Silver badge
      Coat

      This macbook is clearly designed to be used inside a bath of liquid nitrogen.

      Come on, don't exaggerate like that.

      They work perfectly fine in a cold-room (as in sub-zero commercial walk-in refrigerated storage rooms like restaurants have).

  6. Rusty 1
    WTF?

    Units

    What's with the reference to temperatures in Fahrenheit in a technical article? Surely no one uses such an outdated scale.

    1. kend1
      WTF?

      Re: Rusty1

      Thanks for the using the appropriate icon WTF?

      Why [are the] Temperatures [in] Fahrenheit?

      1. Aladdin Sane Silver badge

        Re: Rusty1

        Surely it should be measured in Hiltons?

      2. This post has been deleted by a moderator

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fake news.

    I haven't posted here in a long time, but I had to, because apparently most of you are willing to believe whatever other says, still, despite the biggest theme in news for the past year or two being that of fake news.

    As an owner of the latest Macbook Pro with the i9, I've ran benchmarks on it, I've also ran it against the last gen top end i7 that my colleague has on server and compilation work loads that utilises every core and it's faster in all circumstances, both single threaded and multi-threaded.

    Then again, any "pro" using a Macbook Pro would know to put in a fan control app, Apple is well known to prefer silence machines than noisy ones blowing out hot air, a bit like this youtuber and the rabble on reddit.

    Who in their right mind would believe in a youtuber, whose job is to blow hot air.

    1. James 51 Silver badge

      Re: Fake news.

      @AC you do realise that you give some credence to the vlogger by saying Apple is known to restrict the fan in favour of low noise over high performance and then rubbish his claim of low performance.

      1. DCFusor Silver badge
        Headmaster

        Re: Fake news.

        Actually, in my mind, the reverse astroturfing implied by the grammar in "I've ran" gives the vlogger even more credence. By not knowing your language, you discredit all of your other thinking.

        Grammar, the difference between knowing your shit, and knowing you're shit.

    2. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge
      Pint

      Re: Dave Lee

      Who in their right mind would believe in a youtuber, whose job is to blow hot air.

      I wonder if this is the same 'Dave Lee', who is a BBC Tech Correspondent who lives in LA and is a serial subscriber and owns nothing.

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44829976

      Probably not but the same name got me thinking.

      Anyway, time for a Pint of Firebird and to watch the end of todays stage on the TdF.

      1. Poncey McPonceface
        Stop

        Re: Dave Lee

        I wonder if this is the same 'Dave Lee', who is a BBC Tech Correspondent who lives in LA and is a serial subscriber and owns nothing.

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44829976

        Probably not but the same name got me thinking.

        Ashamed to say but I've been on a bit of a YouTube binge of late and can confirm that (unless said chap has had a race transplant) we are *not* talking about the same Dave Lee.

        https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVYamHliCI9rw1tHR1xbkfw

        Dude refers to himself as Dave2D and is a prolific tech vlogger who knows what he's talking about and is unbiased unlike yawn inducing Mr. Fanboy Anon above.

    3. Spacedinvader
      FAIL

      Re: Fake news.

      And posting as AC makes you more believable that a rando on Youtube?

    4. Shadow Systems Silver badge

      Re: Fake news.

      Let's see: believe the writer of TFA whom has presumeably done some research into the topic & can back up their story with evidence, or the Anonymous Coward screaming "Fake News!" like your common garden troll? Hmmmm... let's think about that...

    5. ThomH Silver badge

      Re: Fake news.

      Right now it seems to be Youtuber versus Twitterer* as far as data points go. Which person you've never heard of, publishing their results via the internet's various platforms for the attention hungry do you most prefer?

      I think Ars at least has pushed back its review of the new Apple machine in order to test the claims and provide something like an evidenced conclusion; I hope other outlets are doing the same.

      * to save everyone the reading: he seems to allege the problem is in the use of Adobe Premiere Pro for benchmarking, by posting figures that show it takes almost 2.5 times as long as Final Cut Pro X to perform the same task on the latest MacBook Pro. I think he's suggesting Premiere isn't well-adapted to modern processors. It's Twitter though, so mostly the word-based version of a Rorschach test.

  8. stephanh Silver badge

    i9 works great in a suitable chassis

    Check out the MSI GT75 Titan.

    4.5 kg full of ventilators and heat pipes to keep things cool. And apparently it works.

    Perhaps Apple and Dell can learn from this design.

    Did I mention the Titan has *two* power bricks?

    1. naive

      Re: i9 works great in a suitable chassis

      This reply is 100% spot on, any laptop being sold as high-end gaming rig, and is not at least one inch high, will suffer from performance reduction due to heat constraints.

      People buying thin, but supposedly fast laptops, fell for a trap, one can not beat physics.

      MSI understood this when designing their GT-series gaming laptops, they stay cool and fast.

      The extra cooling capacity due to the height, also reduces high and noisy fan speeds.

    2. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: i9 works great in a suitable chassis

      If that's what it takes, then you may as well buy a desktop.

      1. Tomato42 Silver badge

        Re: i9 works great in a suitable chassis

        > If that's what it takes, then you may as well buy a desktop.

        it fits into a backpack (nothing but it, but still), a desktop + screen + keyboard doesn't

  9. Halfmad

    Laptop coolers won't be enough

    No gaming laptop I've seen so far has been able to combine performance, good cooling and relatively low noise from the cooling solution.

    Even with an external cooler it's not going to be much better, all this throttling does is expose how unsuitable the laptop chassis is for the CPU it houses. They can fudge a fix if they want, bottom line is that it'll still throttle and you'll still fail to get the full performance out of it for any sustained period because of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics.

  10. hellwig Silver badge

    It needs a Blowiematron.

    Saw those Canadian loonatics (lol) at LinusTechTips "install" an 11,000 RPM fan into a laptop to get adequate cooling for their Core i9. I think they also de-lidded it and added better thermal paste (remember, Intel's ease of assembly trumps your cooling needs). Anyway, it may run at 120dB+, but pushing several cubic feet of air a second seems to do the trick.

    Remember when laptops came with "mobile" processors because manufacturers knew performance CPUs wouldn't operate efficiently in that enclosed, often battery-powered chassis? I guess marketing hype outweighs common sense these days.

    Where is the fat cat businessman smoking a cigar and counting his money icon?

  11. JLV Silver badge

    unless I am wrong

    This CPU is the one that you have to get on a 512GB or up SSD MBP. For... $600 CAD extra to the 256/lower CPU model. That’s mucho $$$$ for 256G of disk, but hey, you get a faster CPU. Oh, wait.

    So, if you want a “pro” machine without a thermally crippled CPU, that’s 256GB disk space max, bub!

    Least Apple should do is revisit their SKUs and ship reasonably sized disks with CPUs that run normally within their TDP budget.

    1. bpfh Bronze badge

      Re: unless I am wrong

      You can’t afford the Apple tax.

      FTFY.

      1. JLV Silver badge

        Re: unless I am wrong

        >You can’t afford the Apple tax.

        I can make do with either of the 2 choices below:

        - high price/flawless hardware.

        - reasonable price/reasonable hardware

        1. Tomato42 Silver badge

          Re: unless I am wrong

          > - high price/flawless hardware.

          yes, and this article shows how much flawless that hardware is

          don't reply, I don't want you to use up your new (and courageous!) keyboard on drivel

          1. JLV Silver badge

            Re: unless I am wrong

            you’re a right genius, aintcha?

            i thought about saying we were getting high prices and, at best, reasonable hardware (if you’re not often @ sustained peak CPU loading in your use that it)

            but then I thought charitably that it’s obvious in context.

            not to you i guess.

            can type slower if it helps...

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: unless I am wrong

          @JLV & "I can make do with either of the 2 choices below:- high price/flawless hardware.- reasonable price/reasonable hardware"

          This is Intel hardware so high price/broken hardware

          Also best not to mention money to AppleFools®, they didn't opt for Apple because they understood what they were buying, the purchase was only to allow them to associate with other AppleFools®.

          Personally I think the Wannabes should revive fur coats (wool being too obvious even for them), at least then their social entry ticket will have some practical value to the owner come the winter.

    2. Colin Wilson 2

      Re: unless I am wrong

      Yes - you're wrong.

      The 512GB (and up) 15" macbook Pros come as standard with the core i7 processor.

      You only get the core i9 one if you specifically specify it as a build-to-order option

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