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Intel's 8th gen Coffee Lake 15W chips to be up to 30% faster

This slide from Intel's 2017 CES presentation forecast a more conservative 15 percent performance increase over Kaby Lake. (Source: Intel)
This slide from Intel's 2017 CES presentation forecast a more conservative 15 percent performance increase over Kaby Lake. (Source: Intel)
Intel's presentation at Computex revealed a 15W 8th generation (presumably mobile) CPU with 4 cores and 8 threads. The unnamed chip was shown outperforming a Kaby Lake i7-7500U CPU by 30% in SYSmark 2014.

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While desktop enthusiasts are drooling over Intel's latest US$2000 18-core Core X desktop CPUs, mobile computing enthusiasts are teased with the tantalizing prospect of 4-core 8-thread Coffee Lake CPUs operating within a TDP envelope of only 15 watts.

During its Computex presentation, Intel announced that its upcoming 8th generation Coffee Lake mobile CPUs will be up to 30% faster than Kaby Lake. This is double the previous increase that Intel was touting at CES in January, but there is a reason for that: this 30% increase is specific to comparing a Kaby Lake i7-7500U 15W CPU (2 cores, 4 threads) to Coffee Lake 15W (4 core, 8 threads), and only in one benchmark sample at that. Additionally, the yet-unnamed Coffee Lake CPU has a 4.0 GHz turbo boost — 500 MHz faster than the i7-7500U's.

Of course, one would naturally expect a next-gen with higher clock speed and twice the cores of an i7-7500U to outperform it — but it's still impressive that Intel has managed to fit a quad-core hyper-threaded CPU into a 15W TDP. We are excited for what 4-core 8-thread 15W CPUs will mean for portable computing in the near future.

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Douglas Black, 2017-05-30 (Update: 2017-05-30)
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I am a university Lecturer and researcher in English writing, but I like to keep myself busy. Between weightlifting, MMA, and SCUBA diving, one of my life-long interests has always been computers. I used Macs until about 17 years ago when I switched to PCs because of an interest in games, but I'm still interested in top quality laptops that push the design envelope.