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Intel Adds Cores to Core Processors

April 10, 2018

Author: Linley Gwennap

Intel greatly expanded its lineup of 8th Generation processors with 30 new models beyond the 10 it introduced last year. The new products raise the CPU count for nearly all Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 buyers; high-end models go from four to six cores, and midrange models rise from two to four cores. The two new cores improve performance on highly multithreaded applications, particularly premium games and content-creation software (e.g., photo or video editing). Although many programs can’t employ so many cores, the new processors can reach higher turbo speeds when the extra cores are inactive, delivering the same or even better performance for these programs as well.

Most of the new Core products offer these benefits with no price increase over the previous generation, but a few of the high-end laptop processors incur a small increase. Low-cost desktop processors in the Pentium and Celeron lines stay with two cores, earning just a small clock-speed boost. Low-cost laptop products get no upgrade at all.

The announcement brings the new Core i9 brand to the laptop market. Intel unveiled Core i9 desktop processors last year as part of its X-series. Whereas the X-series brings unprecedented core counts to the desktop, the new Core i9-8950HK is a slightly faster and unlocked version of the new Core i7 lineup.

Although the latest 14nm products bring a wealth of performance increases to PC users, their schedule underscores Intel’s continued struggles with its new 10nm process. Whereas the company introduced a full range of Kaby Lake models by January 2017, Coffee Lake debuted in April, three months later in the annual cycle. Furthermore, the long-anticipated Cannon Lake-Y, Intel’s first 10nm product, remains unannounced.

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