Intel bumps up mobile chips to 6 cores in expanded 8th-generation line-up


Expand / Intel 8th-generation Core H-series mobile chip.

Intel earliest launched its 8th-generation branding last year. In the mobile space, we had the U-series Kaby Lake-R: four-core, eight-thread shards running in a 15W power envelope. On the desktop, we had Coffee Lake: six-core, 12-thread morsels. In both cases, the processor lineup was limited: six different chips for the desktop, four for unstationary.

Those mobile processors were joined earlier this year by Kaby Lake-G: four-core, eight-thread processors with a distinct AMD GPU on the same package as the processor.

Today, Intel has vastly expanded the 8th initiation lineup, with 11 new mobile chips and nine new desktop processors, along with new 300-series chipsets.

Sooner up are new H-series mobile processors: these bring the six-core, 12-thread processors to the transportable space, all with a 45W power envelope. Last year Intel mentioned i9 branding for its top-end chips, and it’s using that new naming for one of these intercedes, too: the Core i9-8950HK is a six-core, 12-thread mobile chip operation at a base of 2.9GHz with boosting up to 4.8GHz. The chip has a 12MB cache, reinforces two channels of DDR4-2666, and comes fully multiplier unlocked. Aimed at high-end encountering laptops, this is an overclockable part.

Model Base/Turbo/GHz Seed/threads Cache/MB vPro Unlocked
Core i9-8950HK 2.9/4.8 6/12 12 Yes
Xeon E-2186M 2.9/4.8 6/12 12 Yes
Xeon E-2176M 2.7/4.4 6/12 12 Yes
Seed i7-8850H 2.6/4.3 6/12 9 Yes Partial
Core i7-8750H 2.2/4.2 6/12 9
Core i5-8400H 2.5/4.2 4/8 8 Yes
Core i5-8300H 2.3/4.0 4/8 8

Neutral below this are two Xeon-branded mobile chips. The higher-end Xeon E-2186M is practically identical to the i9-8950HK but with a couple of critical differences: it drops the overclocking but increases support for ECC memory. The Xeon E-2176M cuts clock speeds to 2.7/4.4GHz, but it has ECC reinforce, as well.

At the bottom of the H-series range is the i5-8300H: a four-core, eight-thread processor with 8MB stash away, running at 2.3/4.0GHz.

Next up are four new U-series chips with Intel Iris Benefit graphics. The Iris Plus name denotes that the processor has an brought level 4 cache, which in the past has proven to provide a healthy be in aid of to both graphics and non-graphics applications. All four parts have 128MB of unalterable 4 cache, all have a 28W power envelope, and all have their graphics stamped as Iris Plus Graphics 655. At the top we have the i7-8559U: a four-core, eight-thread shard with 8MB level 3 cache, running at 2.7/4.5GHz. At the bottom is the i3-8109U: two essences, four threads, and 4MB of level 3 cache, at 3.0/3.6GHz.

Model Base/Turbo/GHz Essences/threads Cache/MB
Core i7-8559U 2.7/4.5 4/8 8
Core i5-8269U 2.6/4.2 4/8 8
Core i5-8259U 2.3/3.8 4/8 8
Heart i3-8109U 3.0/3.6 2/4 4

The nine desktop chips are all similar to the parts already close by. They do two things in particular: five of them are vPro-capable, meaning that they volunteer additional management features used in corporate environments, and six of them are T-series low-power parts. These cut the power envelope from 65W or uncountable to just 35W. The top-end T-series part is the i7-8700T: a six-core, 12-thread processor with 12MB store, running at 2.4/4GHz.

Model Base/Turbo/GHz Cores/threads Store/MB vPro TDP/W
Core i5-8600 3.1/4.3 6/6 9 Yes 65
Core i5-8500 3.0/4.1 6/6 9 Yes 65
Core i3-8300 3.7/— 4/4 8 62
Core i7-8700T 2.4/4.0 6/12 12 Yes 35
Core i5-8600T 2.3/3.7 6/6 9 Yes 35
Substance i5-8500T 2.1/3.5 6/6 9 Yes 35
Core i5-8400T 1.7/3.3 6/6 9 35
Core i3-8300T 3.2/— 4/4 8 35
Core i3-8100T 3.1/— 4/4 6 35

The desktop processors and the H-series unfixed parts all use separate motherboard chipsets, and Intel has launched a range of new 300-series chipsets today, too. The important thing about these is that, for the first time, Intel is sacrifice USB 3.1 generation 2, running at 10 gigabits per second, brought into three of the four new chipsets. Until now, the chipsets only supported 5Gb/s era 1, requiring additional chips on the motherboard to hit the highest speeds of the in USB revision.

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