Monday, August 21st 2017

Four 8th Gen. Core "Coffee Lake" U-series CPU SKUs Surface in Price-lists

Ahead of their unveiling later this week, four Intel Core i5 and Core i7 U-series (ultra-low power) mobile processor SKUs surfaced in Intel's public price-lists. The prices in the list are meant for notebook manufacturers, for each chip purchased in 1,000-unit tray quantities. The specifications of these SKUs put out in the price-list indicate that Intel is keeping up with its drive to increase core-counts across its product-stack, even with TDP as tight as 15W (that's 15W for quad-core chips). The nominal clock speeds of these chips are kept very low, and their Turbo Boost frequencies are kept high, so there's tighter control over when the processor wants to spend power on performance.

The lineup is led by the Core i7-8650U, which is a 4-core/8-thread SKU with a clock speed of 1.90 GHz, and max Turbo Boost over 4.00 GHz; 8 MB of L3 cache, and a price of USD $409. Selling at the same exact price is the i7-8550U, with a slightly lower clock speed of 1.80 GHz, and 4.00 GHz Turbo Boost. The Core i5 lineup, interestingly, is 4-core/8-thread (includes HyperThreading support), even through its L3 cache amount is 6 MB. The i5-8350U ticks at 1.70 GHz, and an unknown Turbo Boost clock, and is priced at $297; while at the same price, the i5-8520U is clocked at 1.60 GHz, with 3.40 GHz Turbo Boost. The four chips will already be up for order in August 2017, and the first finished-products based on these chips could launch by Holiday.

Source: AnandTech
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10 Comments on Four 8th Gen. Core "Coffee Lake" U-series CPU SKUs Surface in Price-lists

#1
RejZoR
At least Core i7 now actually had 4 cores and not just an overglorified overclocked Core i3...
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Prima.Vera
RejZoR said:
At least Core i7 now actually had 4 cores and not just an overglorified overclocked Core i3...
Ay, and i5 has now 8 threads..... Are those guys from intel's marketing really retarded or what.
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RejZoR
Core i3 with 2c/4t was perfectly reasonable. Core i5 with 4c/4t would make sense and Core i7 4c/8t would be perfect. But I guess AMD beat them to it with Ryzen, pushing the envelope of cores and threads as far as mobile devices go.
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Nokiron
RejZoR said:
Core i3 with 2c/4t was perfectly reasonable. Core i5 with 4c/4t would make sense and Core i7 4c/8t would be perfect. But I guess AMD beat them to it with Ryzen, pushing the envelope of cores and threads as far as mobile devices go.
Well, this is still Kaby Lake though. So it's not exactly "pushing". We are still missing Coffee Lake and Cannonlake.

They are now using the desktop-die though.
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#5
meran
RejZoR said:
Core i3 with 2c/4t was perfectly reasonable. Core i5 with 4c/4t would make sense and Core i7 4c/8t would be perfect. But I guess AMD beat them to it with Ryzen, pushing the envelope of cores and threads as far as mobile devices go.
These are mobile chips its been 3 generations even thee i3 have hyper threading enabled but without turbo boost and lower L3 cache.
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Vayra86
Nokiron said:
Well, this is still Kaby Lake though. So it's not exactly "pushing". We are still missing Coffee Lake and Cannonlake.

They are now using the desktop-die though.
Doesn't really matter what Lake you'll dive in, its the same water with a different name tag so far, sometimes it even tastes worse than before actually. Intel is now differentiating whole generations of CPUs just by adding on a few extra cores and pushing the base/boost clocks a bit further at the expense of temps and our OC headroom.

I don't mind the extra cores, but the way its being done. Intel's messing up its own naming structure from bottom to the very top, mixing mainstream, mobile, enthusiast, HEDT like this.
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#7
Manu_PT
RejZoR said:
Core i3 with 2c/4t was perfectly reasonable. Core i5 with 4c/4t would make sense and Core i7 4c/8t would be perfect. But I guess AMD beat them to it with Ryzen, pushing the envelope of cores and threads as far as mobile devices go.
What does amd have in terms of mobile right now on the market to "push Intel"? Got confused now.
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Vayra86
Manu_PT said:
What does amd have in terms of mobile right now on the market to "push Intel"? Got confused now.
A glorious announcement of them adding VEGA cores on a Ryzen die, pretty much. Will be interesting to see, especially perf/watt wise
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RejZoR
Manu_PT said:
What does amd have in terms of mobile right now on the market to "push Intel"? Got confused now.
Mobile, nothing yet afaik. But they have on desktop and Intel is clearly anticipating same high core count push on mobile devices, thus higher core count on Intel's end as well...
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Manu_PT
Oh ok. That makes sense, "anticipating" what amd can do. Because right now and sadly, amd doesnt have anything competitive in that regard and we still paying 700eur for a dual core paired with a 940mx ^^
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