Eighth-gen­er­a­tion Core pro­ces­sors

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In­tel has re­vealed the first de­tails of its eighth-gen­er­a­tion Core pro­ces­sors.

Built on the com­pany’s 14nm process as a Kaby Lake refresh, the com­pany claimed the new chips rep­re­sented a gen­er­a­tional leap, even though pro­ces­sors based on newer ar­chi­tec­tures will land later this year.

“The first prod­ucts in the range will use the 14nm+ tech and the fam­ily will ex­tend to the first 10nm prod­ucts as well,” said Karen Regis, In­tel’s man­ager for con­sumer mar­ket­ing.

The com­pany gave de­tails of four pro­ces­sors set to ap­pear in 80 dif­fer­ent lap­top and hy­brid sys­tems from Septem­ber, with a fo­cus on 4K and 360-de­gree video con­tent.

Two i7 chips – the 8650U and the 8550U – were set to launch in Au­gust, along­side the i5-8350U and i5-8250U, all draw­ing a max­i­mum of 15W.

The chips have four cores (up from two in their pre­de­ces­sors) and eight threads, and In­tel claims they’ll de­liver sig­nif­i­cant per­for­mance im­prove­ments. “Con­sumers will see a 40% per­for­mance boost over the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion and dou­ble that of a five-year-old ma­chine,” said Regis, de­fend­ing the fact that the new chips are built on an older ar­chi­tec­ture.

“It’s more than a stan­dard im­prove­ment, so it’s eighth-gen­er­a­tion-wor­thy and it will be a sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for peo­ple watch­ing 4K video and us­ing mixed-re­al­ity soft­ware – and with­out any drop-off in bat­tery life.”

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