Intel touts 40 percent performance boost in eighth-generation processors

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These initial U-series CPUs are built for laptops and ultrabooks; the new 8th generation desktop processors will be released later this year. In particular, the new Core i5 processor is said to give "up to" (there's that phrase again) double productivity performance and a 1.9x boost in web performance.

Intel is pushing the limits with its new 8th Gen Intel Core processors, including the Kaby Lake architecture and 14nm+ process technology, announced today.

There are four new SKUs that comprise the 8th Generation Intel Core CPUs which will eventually encompass three distinctly different processor families.

Intel announced today its first 8th gen processors, beginning with four mobile processors designed for 2-in-1s and ultrathin notebooks.

Intel touts 40 percent performance boost in eighth-generation processors
Intel touts 40 percent performance boost in eighth-generation processors

"We think that the new PC chips from Intel and AMD could help stimulate PC demand in the seasonally strong second half of this year".

The new 8xxx U-series processors are low-power chips, aimed at thin and light laptops, 2-in-1 computers, PC/tablet convertibles and mini-computers. More cores offer more power and performance to your system. What we're witnessing today isn't the expected release of Coffee Lake, which we have been talking about for months thanks to numerous leaks, but what Intel is calling "Kaby Lake Refresh". The lineup comprises of the of the i7-8650U, with a base clock frequency of 1.9GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz; the i7-8550U (1.8GHz to 4GHz), the i5 8450U (1.7GHz to 3.6GHz) and the i5-8250U (1.6GHz to 3.4GHz).

More potentially interesting is Intel's claim of up to a 40-percent improvement over the current 7th-gen Core i-series CPUs, which many PC makers have only recently rolled out across their product lines. Whereas last year's seventh-generation CPUs were focused on improving 4K performance, the upcoming offerings will feature far more raw performance. This is the largest one year leap in performance ever delivered. "There's little to say about the new chips, because in a lot of ways, the new chips aren't really new", wrote Peter Bright in Ars Technica.

Intel will reveal more about the 8th generation platform live on Facebook at 8.30 pm IST. Nonetheless, Intel insists notebooks running on the chips can provide 10 hours of battery life when playing 4K video relying on the efficient HEVC (H.265) codec. If you were looking for big changes you are going to be a bit disappointed but 25%+ CPU performance in the same TDP is a good deal especially if the prices don't go up radically.

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