Intel announced its latest eighth-generation Core processors on August 21, and it is promising that the new chips will offer up to 40 percent speed boost over the previous seventh-generation Kaby Lake chips.
Intel’s upcoming 8th-generation Core CPUs will feature quad-core processors aimed at UltraBooks and PCs.
Intel hasn’t disclosed the prices of its four new 15-watt 8th-gen Core U-series chips. The company did revealed how fast the chips would function: 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. The 8th-generation Core chips will include three separate chip architectures and two process technologies.
Here are the other technical details about the new chips:
The new offering also created a stir when its promotional video featured a black Surface Book. Microsoft’s Surface Book ships only in a platinum color, and though it was updated in 2016 with the Performance Base, the Book still uses a 7th-generation Core chip. However, after the video, there is a possibility that Microsoft could be launching a new line of Surface Books that have the Kaby Lake-R chip inside.
Intel stated that over 145 products will feature the new CPUs in early September. Although details were scarce on what the new desktop versions will look like, Intel confirmed that some SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) will be built with more efficient 10nm manufacturing process. The 10nm++ Ice Lake family will eventually succeed the newly announced 8th generation chips.
However, desktop users will have to wait a little while longer, since the new CPU family will kick off with four different mobile processors. The desktop version are scheduled to release sometime in the fall.
All four U-series chips include four cores and eight threads. The image above shows the performance of the 4 core processors. PCs using the new 8th-gen Core chips should begin shipping soon, according to Intel reports, with about 80 new system designs ready to go by the 2017 holiday season.