Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors

The 8th Generation is here!

Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors

Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors

Today, Intel has officially revealed their 8th generation of Core processors, beginning with their thin and light U-series CPU lineup, which comes with TDPs that are as low as 15W.
With this generation Intel is looking to give mobile users a big reason to upgrade, offering their most powerful U-series CPUs to date to offer more power to be placed into their Ultrabook and 2-in-1 mobile devices than ever before. 

Intel estimated that over 450 million mobile devices are being used that are 5 years old, with Intel's aim being to offer as much as two times as much productivity/performance than these ageing PCs and up to 40% performance boost when compared to their Generation 7 counterparts. 

The 40% performance improvement comes when comparing Intel's (2c/4th) i7 7500U to their new (4c/8th) 8550U in an office productivity and multitasking workload when using a 600p series SSD. 


Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors  
Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors  

This announcement is not for Intel's upcoming 8th Generation desktop series CPUs, though Intel has revealed that they will be releasing this Fall. Today Intel has released their new U-series of Ultra-low-power mobile CPUs, which comes with higher core/thread counts than we have ever seen from Intel's low-power Ultrabook series lineup. 

We can expect further announcements from Intel over the coming days/weeks, but for now, the company is focusing on their new mobile offerings. This makes sense given the fact it is "back to school" season.  

Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors

Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors 

Intel's aim with this new series is obviously to boost core performance, owing thanks to some recent design iterations and their latest production technology. This has allowed Intel to reach new efficiency heights and offer more cores on their 15W product lineup than ever before, while also delivering some impressive boost clock speeds. 

With their high-end i7-8650U, Intel will be offering boost clock speeds of up to 4.2GHz, though base clocks are understandably much lower given the low-TDP range of this product. This will allow Intel's latest CPUs to boost to some extremely high frequencies when required, allowing for some ultra-fast system response times. 

Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors
Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors  

One of the other major changes is that Intel now calls their integrated graphics UHD (Ultra HD) graphics, to signify their support for 4K content like 4K Netflix and 4K Blu-ray playback using the correct software. 

Intel's new 8th Generation U-series processors will be the first to hit the market, with 8th generation desktop offerings releasing later. Devices powered by these new U-series products will start to release from OEMs in September, with more products releasing in Fall 2017 and beyond. 

Intel reveals their 8th Generation of core processors 


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21-08-2017, 08:56:25

Excellent line-up! Highly disappointed desktop was left out today, but that was expected by the original announcement. I need me some sweet 8700K loving and fast!! - Will hold out on several soon to be released games until I have it.

To clarify: today's U-series are not Coffee Lake but Kaby Lake.

"In our pre-briefings, Intel only mentioned Coffee Lake in the context of the fact that today’s launch is not Coffee Lake. Because media were expecting this to be Coffee Lake (and expecting it to be a desktop processor launch), the question ‘is this Coffee Lake’ was actually asked several times, and the answer had to be repeated. These four new CPUs are still Kaby Lake CPUs built on the same 14+ technology, with minor updates, and bringing quad cores to 15W.

So when is Coffee Lake on 14++ (or Cannon Lake) coming? Intel only stated that other members of the 8th Generation family (which contains Kaby Lake Refresh, Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake) are coming later this year. Desktop will come in the autumn, and additional products for enterprise, workstation and enthusiast notebooks will also happen. As for today's 8th Generation U-series announcement, Intel tells us that we should start seeing laptops using the new CPUs hit the market in September."

Coffee Lake launching in October 2017:


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