Intel today unveiled its 8th generation Core processors which the company claims will be up to 40 percent faster than their predecessors. Unlike the previous generation of Core processors which had a code name, Intel has not revealed any code name for its 8th generation Core processors.
This is because Intel is going to launch its 8th generation Core processors in two batches. The first batch of processors launching today are meant for ultra-portables and light notebooks. They will carry Kaby Lake R code name as a testament to them being a refresh of the 7th generation Kaby Lake core processors.
So, how is Intel boasting of up to 40 percent increase in performance despite the 8th generation Core processors coming with the same Kaby Lake architecture and being based on the 14nm fabrication process? More cores. For the first time, Intel has managed to cram four cores into its low power 15W U-series of Core i5 and i7 processors.
The processors revealed by Intel today include:
- 1.9GHz Core i7-8650U
- 1.8GHz Core i7-8550U
- 1.7GHz Core i5-8350U
- 1.6GHz Core i5-8250U
All the chips come with 4 physical cores and 8 virtual threads, with only cache and clock speed differentiating them from each other.
Intel states that even its lowest rung 8250U chip can encode a 4K video nearly 3x faster than a PC powered by a 3rd gen Core processor. Despite the introduction of more cores and the same 14nm fabrication, Intel says that the battery life of devices being powered by its newest chips should hover around the 10 hours mark while playing back 4K videos. While GPU performance of these chips remains the same, they are now capable of powering 3 4K displays at once.
We should see ultra-portables and lightweight laptops powered by Intel’s 8th generation processors launch this holiday season. Intel says more than 80 models should hit the market by then. Apple only recently updated its MacBook lineup with Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake chips so it is unlikely that we will see the company update its lineup once again to make use of Intel’s faster 8th generation Core processors.