Intel 8th Generation Processors announced with 40% performance boost

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Intel has announced the 8th generation processors. Known as the Kaby Lake refresh, all the 8th generation processors are the U-series which means it is intended for ultrabooks and cheap laptops.

The 4 processor to be announced today is i7-8650U, i7-8550U, i5-8350U, and i5-8250U. Despite being the U-series, all of them have 4 cores with 8 threads. All these processors are based on 14nm process.

The 8th Gen processor boasts Intel Speed Shift Tech that the company claims will provide fast and responsive web browsing experience on your ultrabook. There’s also the second generation turbo boost tech, with which you can control power and speed— boosting performance when required and saving energy when needed.


The 8th Gen U-series is also first of its kind to feature 4 cores and Intel’s Hyperthreading tech that makes your CPU behave like it has 8 cores.

i7-8650U i7-8550U i5-8350U i5-8250U
Maximum CPU Frequency (GHz) 4.2 4.0 3.6 3.4
Minimum CPU Frequency (GHz) 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.6
Number of Cores/Threads 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8
Cache Size (MB) 8 8 6 6
Number of Memory Channels 2 2 2 2
Memory Type DDR4 -2400
DDR4 -2400
DDR4 -2400
Integrated GPU 620 (upto 1150MHz) 620 (upto 1150MHz) 620 (upto 1100MHz) 620 (upto 1100MHz)

The pricing for the has not been revealed. Intel, however, revealed its plans to introduce desktop processors codenamed Coffee Lake starting this fall and will also be introducing its first 10nm products codenamed Cannon Lake soon.