Intel finally took the wraps off of the chips this week, after all the teasing with its 8th generation Core processors at Computex this May, unveiling a new family of processors that offer up to a 40 percent performance jump over last year’s Kaby Lake chips.
However, these four chips which were revealed, rather use the same architecture as last year’s Kaby Lake chips, with manufacturing and design improvements to go along with the added CPU cores, hence aren’t the hyped Coffee Lake or Cannonlake chips that Intel has been bragging around.
“Although Intel is calling these parts ‘8th generation,’ their architecture, both for their CPU and their integrated GPU, is the same as ‘7th generation’ Kaby Lake,” Bright said. “In fact, Intel calls the architecture of these chips ‘Kaby Lake refresh.'”Intel says the new 8th gen processors come with a new quad-core configuration. As stated, Intel is relying on a more power-efficient microarchitecture for the new processors, which bring improvements in performance and battery. It is also promising up to 10 hours of battery life with 4K UHD local video playback on one single charge, which is a fairly big claim.
Intel says the new 8th gen processors come with a new quad-core configuration. As stated, Intel is relying on a more power-efficient microarchitecture for the new processors, which bring improvements in performance and battery. It is also promising up to 10 hours of battery life with 4K UHD local video playback on one single charge, which is a fairly big claim.
Other features of the Intel 8th generation processors include improved performance for editing photos, slideshows. The company says the new processors are 48 percent faster compared to those released last year. Also editing video footage will get faster, and the company is promising three minutes for rendering the footage, which it claims used to take 45 minutes.
Intel has also mentioned that the refreshed Kaby Lake processors will offer enhanced performance for 4K, VR, 360 videos and more. Battery life should see modest gains and the integrated GPU has been rebranded from HD to UHD.
However, Intel hasn’t disclosed the prices of its four new 15-watt 8th-gen Core U-series chips, though the company revealed Monday how fast they’ll run: The slowest Core i5-8250U will run at 1.6GHz, with a boost clock of 3.4GHz; the fastest Core i7-8650U will run at 1.9GHz, boosting up to 4.2GHz. All four U-series chips include four cores and eight threads. PCs using the new 8th-gen Core chips should begin shipping soon, Intel said, with about 80 new system designs ready to go by the 2017 holiday season.
Sharp-eyed chip watchers also noted that Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7 desktop processors are upping the number of cores to battle the threat from AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors. While all recent Core i7 processors had 4 cores and 8 threads, the next-gen chips will include 6 cores and 12 threads, to match the most potent Ryzen 5 CPUs. (AMD’s Ryzen 7 chips include 8 cores and 16 threads, to AMD’s advantage.)
With that information in hand, we also heard some websites claiming HP to have announced a new series of notebooks boasting 8th gen intel processors. Yes, you heard it right. According to a tech based news site Tech-radar, HP has revealed the new ProBook 400 G5 series laptops which run with 8th-generation Intel Core processors and are designed with small businesses in mind.
The ProBook notebooks are available in three versions – the ProBook 430 G5, 450 G5 and 470 G5 – and can be specified with up to an Intel Core i7-8550U quad-core CPU running at 1.8GHz with a boost to 3.7GHz (carrying integrated UHD Graphics 620).
Intel’s 8th-generation Core processors “open the door to richer, more immersive entertainment, and an experience that is optimized for simplicity,” Bryant said in an editorial published in the company’s newsroom. Also, Intel looks forward to upgrading mobile processors in the initial phases of commercial drives worldwide. A mind boggling claim from a few sources such as the PCWorld and other outlets have already reported: Intel’s 8th- generation CPUs need a new 300-series motherboard to run.
Henceforth, brace yourself boys for shelling out your pockets a little extra if you wanna upgrade to brag. With that said, until next time…