Intel introduces first eighth-gen processors, promises 40 percent performance increase

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The 8th generation Intel Core chips for mobile devices will be available in i5 and i7 varieties for the U-Series range.

As well as being 40 per cent faster gen over gen, the new mobile family of chips are twice as fast as a five-year-old machine, Intel claimed, adding that this hasn't come at the cost of battery life.

Today on Monday, August 21, Intel plans to reveal "Coffee Lake", its 8th-generation Core processors. Its new chips aim to keep demand in one of those segments humming along.

The eighth-generation Core family for ultraportables ranges from the i5-8250U, with speeds between 1.6GHz and 3.4GHz, and the i7-8650U, clocking from 1.9GHz to 4.2GHz. However, if you're in the market right now for the most powerful i5 or i7 laptop you can find, it makes sense to wait for the new 8th-gen models. The eighth generation will also cross between 14 nanometer (nm) and 10nm process-technology nodes from Intel's foundry division. AMD will still have the advantage in graphics and gaming, but Intel should be able to offer lower-power consumption (which means better battery life) and higher-performance systems with the eighth-generation core processors.

Intel Coffee Lake mobile CPUs have been announced and Intel claims that these CPUs will provide 40% better performance as compared to the versions that we now have on the market. Where the older generation U-series processors were working with two core and four threads, the 8 generation ones will possess four cores and eight threads-thus increasing the speed, obviously!

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Intel has claimed that their new 8th-gen CPU's will be a massive 40% faster.

Intel will shed more light on the chips during a Facebook Live presentation in at 11AM ET today, though it likely won't have an opportunity to run through it all.

Intel says the new chips have been created to handle things such as 4K video, virtual reality and 3D content - recent innovations that are becoming more prominent in computing.

We have yet to see what kind of performance boosts Intel's Y-series and other chip series could bring. When the chips start hitting the market mid-next month here will be around 145 different designs to start with, and the company will be further muddying up the waters with different, non-Kaby Lake architectures.

The chips' integrated graphics are essentially the same as those found in the last generation, though the name has been changed from HD 620 to UHD 620 to reflect their suitability for 4K playback and video processing.

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