8th generation mobile processors that are to hit the market soon .it seems like AMD RYZAN”s democratising effect on processor performance has pushed Intel
Intel’s low-power U-series chips are going to get 4-cores with, wait for it, hyper-threading.
Intel has revealed that four U-series 8th generation Intel Core mobile processors will launch on 21 August and hit the market in September.
The U-series chips launching today have a 15 W TDP and are designed for thin and light laptops and computers requiring low power draw and heat generation.
The four CPUs in question are the Intel Core i5-8250U, i5-8350U, i7-8550U and i5-8650U. all the processors support four cores and eight threads. The processors appear to differ in clock speed, cache size and graphics performance. The slowest in the lineup, the 8250U, has a base clock of 1.6 GHz going up to 3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0. The fastest i7 goes from 1.9 GHz to 4.2 GHz.
The announced processor SKUs have full support for Turbo Boost 2.0, Hyper-Threading, AVX 2.0 instructions, Optane Memory and Quick Sync Video.
With the new architecture, Intel is promising a whopping 40 percent increase in performance over the equivalent 7th generation Kaby Lake SKUs. Of that, 25 percent is claimed to be a result of the increased core count. The remaining 15 percent, Intel claims, is coming from design and manufacturing process improvements.
This is certainly Intel’s most exciting product announcement in a very long time. Quad-core U-series chips from Intel will enable a much more powerful computing experience on a very low power platform. This can only mean faster, thinner and lighter devices. The performance difference might be so huge, in fact, that it will be worth waiting a few months until newer devices are available on this platform. We’d go so far as to say that this new chip might completely undermine the existing laptop market. a 40 percent performance bump is no joke.
The processors support Thunderbolt 3.
Intel promises that there will be 145 designs to choose from in the coming months and that the first generation of 10 nm chips will be included in the 8th generation family.
Intel will reveal more about the 8th generation platform live on Facebook at 8.30 pm IST.