Published: Mon, September 25, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Tag: 8th Gen Core

Tag: 8th Gen Core

Even the lowly Core i3 gets a boost, stepping up to four physical cores for the first time. Intel's new coffee lake processors will use Intel's z370 chipset which offers the best in class single threaded performance and a much better multi-threaded performance.

Details and specifications of the six newly announced processors have been leaked widely, and all six are already listed as being available for preorder on Indian websites. The latter has a base frequency of 3.6GHz, a Turbo Boost 2.0 frequency of 4.3GHz and comes multiplier unlocked.

Gamers would gain up to 25 per cent more frames per second on performance-intensive like "Gears of War" 4 when compared 7th-gen Intel Core chip. This creates an overlap with the previous-generation high-end Core X-series parts, such as the Core i7-7740X and Core i9-7900X. According to the executives, it will offer around 45% faster speeds as compared to the 7th generation.

Starting at the entry-level point, we have the Core i3-8100, which has a base clock of 3.6GHz, 6MB of Intel Smart Cache and dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory support. Models with the K suffix are multiplier unlocked to support overclocking, and have 91-95W TDP ratings while the others are rated at 65W.

Intel also said that it has implemented some new some new 4K tech that will make for smoother streaming of 10-bit, HDR Ultra HD video now on services such as Netflix. The new Core i7 models have six cores, with Hyper-Threading allowing them to handle up to 12 threads at once, while the new Core i5 chips also have six cores but no Hyper-Threading. In addition, some observers have suggested that rival AMD has been struggling to win over gamers with its rival Ryzen chips, which have otherwise helped it take market share from Intel. Intel is staggering the launches of its architectures, and is expected to unveil its first 10nm processors for ultraportables, codenamed Cannonlake, early next year. The Coffee Lake chips are still manufactured via the 14-nanometer process that predecessor chips such as Kaby Lake, Skylake and Broadwell were built on. The architecture of the CPU and GPU did not change compared to Kaby Lake. Intel has confirmed that previous-gen CPUs will not work with the new chipset. Intel says this is because of the more robust power routing needed to support the higher number of cores, and so neither motherboards nor CPUs will be backwards compatible.

For Mac only fans, Intel is saying that new general objective 8th gen processors will be coming to market in the first half of 2018, and that might translate to new iMacs sporting the new processors should Apple decide to take advantage of them.

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