Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Intel Adds New Processors and Chipsets to 8th Generation Desktop Lineup

Intel Adds New Processors and Chipsets to 8th Generation Desktop Lineup

Intel unveiled today new 8th Gen "Coffee Lake" processors for mobile PCs, including the first ever Core i9 processor for laptops.

Overall, these CPU announcements are hard to get too excited about, but help round out the 8th Generation lineup into more available price points, which is always good for consumers looking to build a PC.

Unlike the U series chips, the new i9 processors are part of the H series of the manufacturer.

Intel is also creating a new processor branding called 'Intel Core+' This isn't a new line of CPUs, but a way of identifying laptops and desktops that have Optane included from the factory. Now, Intel Optane memory is available across both 8th Gen Intel Core mobile and desktop platforms for the first time.

The little-known T-Series are Intel's lower frequency desktop chips that are configured to run at just 35W while remaining desktop-level performance. There's a lot of information about these new processors being released all at once, so let's dive into some things you should know.

On the desktop front, there are three new standard-voltage processors: the 65W Core i5-8600 and Core i5-8500, and the 62W Core i3-8300.

Intel also announced the new T-series chips which the company describes as "power-optimised lifestyle" since they come in 35W instead of 65W. It's the highest performance mobile processor they've ever launched, the company claims. Many sport six cores, offering improved performance over previous generations.

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Each of these new Coffee Lake chips also supports Intel's new Optane memory, which it says can increase the performance of SATA-based storage without impacting capacity.

At the very top of the pack, you get the Intel Core i9-8950HK which is a 6-core-12-thread CPU with 2.9GHz base speed and boost speed of 4.8GHz.

Of course, the new U-series 8th gen Coffee Lake CPUs will make use of the new mobile 300-series chipset which brings enhanced audio and I/O capabilities including integrated Intel Wireless-AC and USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps).

The new chips also include Intel Runtime BIOS Resilience, which Intel said is "a hardware enhancement that minimizes the risks of malicious code injection" by locking the BIOS whenever software of any kind is running.

8 Generation Intel® Core™ vs. 7 Generation Intel® Core™. It can be used to accelerate frequently used applications, games, and files.

With the exception of the Intel Atom "SoFIA" chip, most of the others are indeed quite old chips, so this decision shouldn't have too much of a negative impact on PC users and companies that bought Intel chips.

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