If you are currently thinking about buying a new notebook, then you should wait a bit longer. Intel has now introduced a new line of mobile processors, which should be more potent than its predecessors – and soon to be found in notebook novelties.
It is like a tradition; in the recent years, Intel has always presented new processors and gadgets for mobile devices such as convertibles and notebooks – as is the case with the Core i8000 family (Kaby Lake Refresh.) There are two Core i5 and i7 models in the start.
Intel Core i-8000: Double & runs faster
The most important innovation is the doubling of the available data cores from two to four. Both the i5-8250U and i5-8350U as well as the i7-8550U and i7-8650U are native quad-core chips. All support Intel’s hyper-threading technology, which gives the operating system eight virtual data cores. This helps to provide additional performance for highly parallel applications. To stay within the 15-watt budget, Intel has significantly reduced the clock rates compared to Core-i-7000 models. The fastest Kaby Lake clock works at only 1.9 gigahertz (GHz) basis clock. It temporarily accelerates to a maximum of 4.2 GHz. The two physical cores of the predecessor i7-7600U had a clock with at least 2.8 GHz and reach up to 3.9 GHz in the turbo-mode. The Core-i-8000 family is expected to be the benchmark in the market thanks to the doubled core number.
Memory high, graphics stagnant
Double cores also means twice as much cache (level 3 cache) as before. The new processors offer 8 MB (i7) and 6 MB (i5) instead of 4 megabytes ( for i7 chips) and 3 MB (for i5 chips.) The integrated memory controller has also undergone an upgrade and now supports DDR4 modules with 2,400-megahertz over-clocking or, alternatively, LPDDR3 memory at up to 2,133 MHz. Intel, in the Core-i-8000 family, uses UHD Graphics. Thus, the manufacturer underlines the ability of its new processors to display video content with 3820×2160 pixels (UHD, 4K.) This is not new, however, because the predecessors already dominated the corresponding formats such as VP9 and HEVC in hardware. With one exception, the i7-8550U chips operates with the same clock rates. Therefore, a huge increase in graphics performance is not to be expected.
Kaby Lake Refresh for Desktop?
Whether the Kaby Lake Refresh for desktop systems follows, is currently uncertain. On the other hand, Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake, apparently both appear within the core I-8000 series, are considered to be released on time. This could cause confusion in the specific product designations. Information and technical details of the desktop processors will be available at the latest at the start of the autumn 2017.