Unless you’re a serious gamer or someone who seriously pushes your PC to the limit with tasks like video editing or graphic design, you probably wouldn’t seriously consider a laptop with an Intel Core i9 processor. The fastest consumer CPU available, the i9 is also priced with a premium. Honestly, an Intel Core i7 CPU offers a much better price/performance ratio. The i9 is the best, but you pay for it.
And yes, you get a lot of performance. Most Core i9 CPUs deliver 8 cores and 16 threads, and a clock speed that ranges from 2.3GHz to 2.9 GHz, depending on the chip. That adds up to a lot of multi-threaded performance for applications that can take advantage of multi-threading and smooths out your performance when you multitask critical apps, such as if you stream gaming footage online as you play, or edit and render graphics simultaneously.
There are a lot of laptops equipped with Core i9 CPUs — so which one is right for you? To some degree, it’s an embarrassment of riches, because all i9 PCs are fairly generously equipped with high-end hardware befitting their status at the top of the food chain. But they all have their pros and cons, so read on for an assessment of the top 11 i9 laptops, and which ones I recommend.