8th Generation Core Processors
It is a never ending battle between the two semiconductor manufacturers (Intel vs. AMD), and Intel is hoping to even the battlefield with their newest release of processors boasting the nomenclature “Coffee Lake”. Intel is drifting away from the normalcy of what used to be their “tick-tock” model and focusing on providing a mainstream solution for everyone from the average home user to the up and coming content creators. Although many users will see the Coffee Lake revision as just that of the previous Kaby Lake (7th gen) processors, Intel has a few tricks up their sleeves that helps to differentiate this generation from each of its predecessors.
You want MORE?
Intel has heard its users’ cry for expanding power.
For the first time we will see an upbringing of additional physical cores to Intel’s mainstream processor line. A major difference is that the i5 and i7 line will include 2 additional physical cores, increasing their total to 6 cores with the i7 sporting 12 logical threads. Don’t worry, the i3 is seeing an upgrade as well! Intel is ditching the hyperthreading aspect on the entry level Core processor, and instead increasing its physical core-count to 4 with an increased base clock of an impressive 4.00 Ghz (unlocked “K” model). Hyperthreading technology has been used since its introduction in the early 2000’s Pentium 4 line by increasing the amount of logical (usable) cores a system can utilize. We will continue to see this in the 8th generation Core processors, and it is a feature assumed to be used in the future. These updates will help users render and edit photos and videos much quicker, especially with the rise of 4K content. However, great power comes at a price.
Hot Hot Heat
You will see most complaints of the 8th gen processors are about the higher heat production. Having the same 14nm lithography and socket size (but not chipset) as the prior generation, it is not surprising that the increase in transistors to accommodate the changes result in a higher exhaust temperatures. Unlike mainstream CPUs before, the 8th gen chips do not come with a cooler included. It is obviously recommended by both Intel and system builders to purchase a compatible cooler that is capable of handling such a requirement, a popular option being All-in-one water coolers (AIO).
Should I Upgrade?
All in all, it is a huge step seeing the expansion of cores coming into fruition and we hope to see more software taking advantage of this type of power in the future. If you are in the market for a new PC or are looking to get in to system building, now may be the time to take advantage of the newest technology to make sure that you are well-equipped for the next generation of programs.