Eighth-generation Core processors
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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