Intel has revealed its first 8th-generation Core processors and we’ve got all the details including release date and specs. The first chips to arrive won’t be Coffee Lake – they’ll be Kaby Lake-based mobile chips – but Intel has now confirmed the Coffee Lake desktop range including the Core i7-8700K.
Intel 8th-gen processors release date
Intel officially announced its mobile 8th-generation processors on 21 August and then desktop ones on 24 September.
The firm says the mobile chips – which are low-power ‘U’ versions for mobile devices such as laptops and 2-in-1s – will arrive in September with 145 planned devices coming from manufacturing partners, 80 of which will hit shelves in time for Christmas. You can expect plenty of new devices with the chips to be announced at IFA 2017.
There are four U-series processors to start with and none of them are Coffee Lake. Instead they are based on the previous Kaby Lake architecture. The Coffee Lake range of processors starts with six desktop chips .
Intel 8th-gen processor specs
The first round of 8th-gen chips will be a Kaby Lake refresh rather than a jump straight to the newer Coffee Lake architecture.
That might be a disappointment for some but Intel promises a 40 percent performance gain compared to 7th-gen processors. That’s a difference the firm claims you can “see and feel” and “eclipses anything in the industry”.
Of that 40 percent, 25 has come from adding two more cores and the rest is either design tweaks (resulting in a higher frequency) or improved manufacturing.
For those on machines five years old, upgrading to one of these new processors will mean double the performance. This is based on a comparison of Core i5s.
You can see the full specs for the first 8th-gen chips below. They are all U-series mobile processors that are 15W, either Core i5 or Core i7 and based on a 14nm+ manufacturing process.
It’s worth noting that there’s no change in the graphics department and Intel claims efficiency stays the same, so you can expect battery life of up to 10 hours on ‘sleek designs’ like ultrathin laptops.