INTEL UN­VEILS 8TH GEN­ER­A­TION CORE CPUS, KABY LAKE-R

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Intel has of­fi­cially launched its 8th gen­er­a­tion of Core pro­ces­sors. Th­ese new chips are a re­fresh of the pre­vi­ous 7th gen­er­a­tion Kaby Lake units and have a 15W TDP, mak­ing them ideal for slim, full fea­tured lap­tops. The i7-8650U, i7-8550U, i5-8350U and i5-8250U are all 4 core parts and all have Hyper­thread­ing en­abled - a first for a 15W part. The i7s have an 8MB L3 cache an the i5s a 6MB cache. Intel has also in­cluded UHD 620 in­te­grated graph­ics, which is ca­pa­ble of 4K video play­back and near real-time 4K ren­der­ing with Intel Quicksync. Intel are claim­ing a huge 40% in­crease in multi-task­ing per­for­mance ver­sus the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion CPUs and a 2.3x speed in­crease ver­sus a 5-year-old Ivy Bridge based sys­tem. A big chunk of that per­for­mance in­crease are the two new Hyper­threaded cores, but a large part is also due to an im­prove­ment in de­sign op­ti­mi­sa­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses com­pared to the 7thgen­er­a­tion chips.

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