Computex 2017 Consumer Tech News

Intel’s 8th-gen ‘Coffee Lake’ chips to get 30% performance boost over 7th-gen chips

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On stage today at Computex in Taipei, Intel not only unveiled its high-end ‘Extreme’ edition Core X series processors. The leading chipmaker has also dropped some surprising info about its upcoming eighth-generation ‘Coffee Lake’ processors, which would be used in most personal computers.

Gregory Bryant, corporate VP and GM of Intel’s Client Computing Group not only talked about the robust capabilities of the Core i9 processor but also reassured the gathering that their upcoming mass-focused processors were on track for a release later this very year.

He further proceeded to dispense some significant info about the upcoming lineup, which would’ve surely gotten everyone surprised. While we expected Intel’s 8th-generation chips to continue to exhibit a 15 percent boost in performance over its predecessors but Bryant said:

We will have more to say about the eighth-gen Intel Core processor in the future but it’s exciting to share that in the latest testing we’re seeing a performance improvement of more than 30 percent over the seventh-gen Intel Core processor.

Though it may sound like an impressive improvement, we need to take into account the fact that it’s a theoretical reading based on Sysmark benchmark tests. The test results, as spotted by experts, show that an unspecified and unnamed processor is being tested against the i7-7500U chip that can be turbo clocked up to 3.5GHz. The unnamed chip has a turbo clock speed of 4GHz and doubles the number of cores and threads (i7-7500U had two cores and four threads).

The American chipmaker did not divulge any more details about the upcoming processors on stage at Computex. The 8th-gen chips will yet again be based on the same 14-nanometer architecture and unveiled by the end of this year, that’s certain. We’ll now have to wait out a lengthy period to exactly understand the add-on feature support coming to Intel’s newest platform.

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