Intel announced their latest eighth-generation Core processors, and they didn’t introduce a new chip architecture, but rather the same Kaby Lake design.
Intel is doing things differently with the new eighth-generation chips. The company unveiled their new processors with Kaby Lake’s architecture (14nm+ technology node), while later releases will have the upcoming Coffee Lake (14nm++) and more advanced Cannon Lake (10nm).
Two new Core i7 and two new Core i5 chips (both ultra low-voltage) for laptops are the first batch to arrive under the new generation. While the internal architecture remains the same, Intel promises a 40 percent boost from last year’s generation. This is due to the extra cores: eighth-generation processors now have four cores and eight threads. Some improvements were also done to the design and manufacturing process to further improve speed.
These silicons are designed to handle 4K video, virtual reality, 3D, and other current computing trends. What has not improved is the integrated graphics processing unit. The Intel HD 620 graphics gets renamed to UHD 620, but it’s largely just cosmetic since the focus is on the processing power.
It’s quite disappointing not to have the latest architecture for the first release of the eighth-generation processors, but the performance improvement is mainly targeted for those with old computers that are in need of an upgrade.
The first laptops with eighth-generation chips will be available from OEMs starting in September. As for the other upcoming processors, Intel is mum about the dates aside from the fall season estimate.