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Intel Launches 8th Gen Core Processors

Intel on Monday launched the first of its 8th Gen Intel Core processors, with the initial group of chips intended to power ultrathin notebooks and two-in-ones for small businesses and consumers.

The roadmap calls for 8th Gen processors to arrive for desktop computers in the fall, with enterprise, workstation and enthusiast notebook and desktop systems coming later.

Intel claims healthy performance enhancements over both its 7th Gen chips and against systems that are at least 5 years old, a category consisting of about 450 million computers that Intel and its OEM partners hope to lure to new machines with the new generation of processors.

"This new mobile family sets the bar for outstanding performance, including a boost of up to 40 percent gen over gen, and that jumps to 2x if you compare it with a 5-year-old machine. This is all thanks to the new quad-core configuration, power-efficient microarchitecture, advanced process technology and a huge range of silicon optimizations," said Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, in a blog post.

Intel's first wave of 8th Gen processors includes two i5 and two i7 models. Bryant said OEMs will begin releasing notebooks and two-in-ones based on those chips in the beginning of September, and that Intel is expecting more than 145 designs from manufacturers.

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 21, 2017 at 9:59 AM