Intel's new 8th-gen Core processors promise massive performance gains

Intel's new 8th-gen Core processors promise massive performance gains

Intel's new 8th-gen Core processors promise massive performance gains

Intel is adding more cores in order to fight AMD in the CPU market.

Intel achieved this by cramming four CPU cores into its U-series chips for the first time ever. This largesse is to the benefit of all users and we'll be remiss if we don't thank AMD for it.

Launching this autumn, laptops running Intel's latest 8th-gen chips claim double the speed of a typical Intel Core i5 laptop from five years ago.

Intel has posted a blog with some information on the first OEM chips that will be available as part of the 8th Gen family. Most modern applications scale fairly well, up to four cores / eight threads, and while that's not an absolute, the 25% figure is still lower than expected. The processors appear to differ in clock speed, cache size and graphics performance. The previous generation i7-7660U has a base clockspeed of 2.5GHz and a Turbo clock of 4.0GHz, while the new i7-8650U has a 1.9GHz base clock and 4.2GHz max Turbo frequency. The fastest i7 goes from 1.9 GHz to 4.2 GHz.

Future 8th-gen chips may be part of the already revealed code name series called Coffee Lake. Intel has also claimed that the new Kaby Lake refresh chips will deliver 40 percent performance boost over their 7th generation counterparts. The performance improvements were made possible by better design and tightening up manufacturing parameters.

We have yet to see what kind of performance boosts Intel's Y-series and other chip series could bring.

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Intel just pulled the curtain from their 8th Gen Intel Core processor lineup, including Y, U, H, and S-Series processors. Well, we won't be able to tell from branding alone.

But there's also probably another one: Intel has found that parts of the PC market are holding up much better than it expected when it significantly cut its PC-related R&D spend past year.

Buy a 7th-gen Intel laptop and you'll still enjoy some seriously pacey computing - prices could feasibly fall below that £1,000 mark on recent laptops when the new 8th-gen models arrive. This can only mean faster, thinner and lighter devices. But, there are few worse feelings in tech than shelling out for a new device, only to see it surpassed mere months later.

Santa Clara, California-based Intel said the chips have 40 percent better performance than the previous-generation Core processors.

The processors support Thunderbolt 3. Earlier, Intel has either employed the generational methods for using the new chip architectures or provided a superior version of the preceding generation's design including Skylake.

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