For the first time in a long period, Intel is turning its focus towards laptops and ultrabooks. Its next 8th generation of Core CPUs are powered by quad-core processors specially designed for portable computers. As a consequence, the new wave of products might bring a 40% boost in laptop performance.
All Upcoming Intel Products Will Feature Four Cores and Eight Threads
Intel is keeping the price tag details under secrecy until the very last moment. However, the company disclosed on Monday how fast the four 15-watt 8th-Gen Core U-series chips would run. The fastest product will be Core i7-8650U and will run at 1.9 GHz with a 4.2 GHz boost. The slowest will be Core i5-8250U at 1.6GHz with a boost clock of 3.4 GHz.
Nonetheless, each of the four brand new products will feature four cores and eight threads. New PCs with this 8th generation incorporated will enter the market soon. The company confirmed that around 80% new system designs are ready for the 2017 holiday season already.
Intel Hasn’t Revealed Yet How the 40% Boost in Laptop Performance Is Going to Work
Nonetheless, Intel doesn’t abide by the classic definition of ‘generation’ anymore. The upcoming products are not the same as the much-awaited Coffee Lake line, even though it is the 8th generation.
Instead, the company described these fresh chips as “Kaby Lake refresh.” This is a reference to the old generation dubbed as Kaby Lake. Despite this chaotic categorization, Intel will introduce the upcoming 10-nm Cannon Lake chips and Coffee Lake series into the 8th generation as well.
In conclusion, one generation will comprise of three distinct chip architectures as well as two process technologies. Therefore, all of them will enter the market under the same brand. This means that prospective customers that will become interested in purchasing a PC are actually going to need more research for their acquisition.
On the other hand, the company didn’t reveal yet what exact agents are going to deliver the promised 40% laptop performance. Therefore, enthusiasts will have to wait until winter holidays to test a new Intel PC by themselves.
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