The eighth generation of Intel processors lands with the news that should please especially who is in search of a new notebook. The main highlight of the first generation of CPUs in the new generation is the fact that the new processors of laptops and ultrabooks will have double the cores offered on the previous series. The jump from dual to quad-core, coupled with design advancements, on average translates to 40 percent performance gains in these products compared to the seventh-generation equivalents, according to Intel.
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In that first moment, Intel is limited to presenting the CPUs for notebooks and ultrabooks. Repeating the strategy applied to the seventh generation, Intel will only release new processors for desktops and portable workstations from the beginning of 2018.
In relation to the units revealed, are four new processors that, according to Intel, will be part of laptop launches in the coming months. Among the new units, the slowest CPU for notebooks and ultrabooks will be the i5 8250U, with a speed of 1.6 GHz, but a turbo of up to 3.4 GHz. The Core i7 8650U, on the other hand, is the fastest among U- between 1.9 and 4.2 GHz.
According to the manufacturer, new processors are 28% faster with Adobe Lightroom than a seventh-generation unit, or up to 2.3 times faster than a five-year PC. In another comparison, the new CPUs are 14.5% faster than a processor five years ago for 4K video editing.
Battery and graphics processing
Unlike earlier releases, Intel has been economical in bringing attention to its embedded video cards. If in the seventh generation the highlight was 4K video processing via hardware, now the novelty is in the nomenclature: Intel GPUs are no longer called Intel HD Graphics and have seen Intel UHD Graphics, in reference to the 4K capacities of the graphics modules that, in fact, already existed some years ago.
In terms of battery life, Intel simply says that computers equipped with the new processors can achieve autonomy from 10 to 12 hours. However, reaching that length all depends heavily on the options of manufacturers who, in search of thinner and lighter designs, end up sacrificing space for battery.