Short Bytes: Intel has finally launched its first processors from 8th Generation Core family. Named Kaby Lake Refresh, these 4 new CPUs come with 40% performance improvement, four cores, and eight threads. The first machines powered by these CPUs will hit the market in September. It should be noted that, later, 8th generation will also offer CPUs based on upcoming 14++ (Coffee Lake) and 10nm (Cannon Lake) architectures.Just like Google’s Android O announcement, Intel has aligned its next-generation processor launch with today’s solar eclipse. For the first time, Intel has announced the processors from its 8th Gen Core CPU family.
This new release comes in the form of four 15W U-series mobile processors with max clock speed of 4.2GHz. Compared to the 7th generation’s two cores and four threads, new chips have four cores and eight threads. Intel has also claimed that the new Kaby Lake refresh chips will deliver 40 percent performance boost over their 7th generation counterparts.
8th Gen Kaby Lake Refresh vs. 7th Gen Kaby Lake: Specs
These initial U-series CPUs are built for laptops and ultrabooks; the new 8th generation desktop processors will be released later this year.
Find more details in this announcement article by Intel.
Intel’s 8th Gen Core label is confusing as hell
While this release marks the jump from 7th to 8th generation of processors, some readers might get confused to find them based on the same Kaby Lake architecture, which was itself a minor update of Skylake, for CPU and GPU. With some improvements, Intel is called this release “Kaby Lake refresh.”
Intel’s decision for generational increment has been either inspired by new chip architectures or an improved version of previous version’s architecture. With this release, Intel is combining both by offering 14+ (Kaby Lake refresh), 14++ (Coffee Lake), and Cannonlake (10nm) under the same generation. So, the 8th generation label doesn’t mean anything specific.
This might confuse an average person. While all Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Cannonlake will wear the same “8th Gen Intel Core” badges, they’ll have different levels of jumps in performance.
Intel has said that the first laptops powered by 8th Gen Intel Core processors will be available via OEM partners in September.