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Intel 8th generation vs 7th generation CPUs – What’s the difference?

Intel 8th generation vs 7th generation CPUs - What's the difference?

Intel was reported to launch their “newest” 8th generation CPUs last Aug 21, but people came in for something they didn’t expect. As users expected a Coffee Lake revelation, the launched chipsets are only refreshed units of the Kaby Lake, called as the Kaby Lake-R.

Intel’s 8th generation Kaby Lake-R are built on the 14nm+ technology node. Compared to that, the upcoming Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake will be built in on 14++ and 10nm process, respectively. Intel claims that they expect 40 percent boosted performance, with the 25 percent coming from the 8th gen’s doubled core and thread count.

8th gen family

The similarities between the Intel 7th gen and 8th gen are almost everything. The only main differences are considered to be the larger core counts and slightly higher clock speeds. Aside from that news, the packaging of the Intel 8th generation CPUs shows that users would need a new 300-series motherboard to run the CPUs.

As we said that the chips are only an upgraded version of the Intel 7th generation, we are pleased to let you know the differences between the 8th and 7th generation chipsets:

Intel 8th Generation I7-8650U, I7-8550U, I5-8350U, I5-8250U Full Specifications

Base Clock/Ghz 1.9 1.8 1.7 1.6
Maximum Clock Speed/Ghz 4.2 4.0 3.6 3.4
Cores/Threads 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8
Cache Memory 8MB 8MB 6MB 6MB

Intel 7th Generation i5-7200U, i5-7300U, i7-7500U, and i7-7600U Full Specifications

Base Clock/Ghz 2.7 2.8 2.5 2.6
Maximum Clock Speed/Ghz 3.5 3.9 3.10 3.5
Cores/Threads 2/4 2/4 2/4 2/4
Cache Memory 4MB Smart Cache 4MB Smart Cache 3MB 3MB

Hopefully, we could get news and announcements on Intel’s Coffee Lake, and Cannon Lake chipsets this year. Stay tuned for updates!


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