Intel claims Coffee Lake is over 30 percent faster than Kaby Lake

Posted on Tuesday, May 30 2017 @ 10:33 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Is the renewed competition from AMD lighting a fire under Intel's ass? The company didn't share a lot of details about its next-gen desktop processors but hinted that the upcoming Coffee Lake processors may offer bigger than expected performance gains. Compared with a current-gen dual-core 15W TDP Kaby Lake laptop CPU, Intel is seeing a performance gain of more than 30 percent in SYSmark testing with its new 15W quad-core chip:
8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor: We will have more to say about the 8th Gen Intel Core processor in the future but it’s exciting to share that in the latest testing, we’re seeing a performance improvement of more than 30 percent over the 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor.1

1 Based on SYSmark* 2014 v1.5 (Windows Desktop Application Performance). Comparing 7th Gen i7-7500U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.5GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, vs. Estimates for 8th Gen Core i7: PL1=15W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2400, Storage: Intel® SSD, Windows* 10 RS2. Power policy assumptions: AC mode. Note: Performance estimates are Pre-Silicon and are subject to change. Pre-Si projections have +/- 7% margin of error.
This is the first time Intel is offering a quad-core with a 15W TDP. Intel's Coffee Lake is expected later this year and is the fourth chip to use Intel's 14nm process technology.

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