Monday, 26 June, 2017

8th Generation Intel Processors Will Be 30% Faster Than 7th Gen

Carlton Santiago | 01 June, 2017, 02:22

Intel announced the Core X CPUs at the Computex 2017.

Recently, Intel launched the seventh generation Core i processors, codenamed Kaby Lake.

The powerful chips will be supported by Intel's new X299 motherboard chipset. The company also claims the i9 series offers 15% more performance for single threaded workloads and 10% more for multi-threaded workloads compared to the current generation of Core processors. Essentially a rebranded version of the company's Broadwell-E line of "extreme" processors, the newly-announced X-series sits at the very top of Intel's desktop enthusiast range, designed for customers who want the absolute best performance. This includes the 12-core Core i9-7920X; 14-core Core i9-7940X; 16-core Core i9-7960X and the ballistic and insane 18-core Core i9-7980XE.

The Core i9-7900X is a 10-core/20-thread processor with a base clock of 3.3 GHz and a Turbo peak of 4.5 GHz using the new Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0.

I think it would be a good time now to look at a table that summarises the initial batch of Core-X series offerings.

The Core i5-7400 features 3.0 GHz base clock, 3.5 GHz turbo clock, 6 MiB of L3 cache, TDP of 65 W, and locked multiplier.

With a whole new family of processors for enthusiastic, now Intel is upping the ante, the core X-series, and it spearheaded by its first 18-core CPU, the i9-7980XE. 'This is by far the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced.

Most of Intel's high-end CPUs have stuck to the quad-core design for years, but now Intel is bringing out the big guns to compete with AMD's new Ryzen chips with their multitude of cores. Although the company updates its processor lineup every year like clockwork, the product categories remain the same: Core i3 for budget PCs, Core i5 for most people, and Core i7 for those mystical "power users". We don't have an official measurement from AMD, but it appears to be substantially larger than Intel's 18-core top-end Core i9 processor. For that much of money, the chip offers 10 cores and 20 threads.

Intel launched this series with two architectures - Kaby Lake X and Skylake X. The 4-core processors, the Intel Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X, will be built on Kaby Lake X, while the rest of the processors will be built on the upgraded Skylake X architecture.

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