Intel will release 8th-gen Coffee Lake chips this year

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    Intel officially abandoned its previous “Tick-Tock” strategy—with each “tick” representing a die shrink and each “tock” representing a new microarchitecture—in early 2016, and instead promised a three-phase model of Process, Architecture, Optimization. But now, with Coffee Lake, it seems Intel might have abandoned that new model, too. Technically, Kaby Lake is the “Optimization” to the “Architecture” of Skylake and the “Process” of Broadwell, which makes the early launch of Coffee Lake on 14nm something of an anomaly.

    Intel is promising around a 15 percent jump in performance versus Kaby Lake, although it hasn’t noted whether this refers to desktop or mobile chips. Intel promised a similar performance jump between Skylake and Kaby Lake, but this was largely based on a bump in base clock speed for desktop chips; IPC (instructions-per-clock) remained identical.

    The Coffee Lake chips will go head-to-head with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs, which launch in March. Ryzen will feature eight cores and 16 threads in its top-end part, with six- and quad-core versions making up the rest of the line. Pricing for Ryzen is yet to be announced.

    Intel’s highly anticipated Cannon Lake CPUs—which are based on a new 10nm process—do not currently have a release date. However, when they do eventually arrive, Intel has said that “Data centre [is] first for [the] next process node,” meaning enterprise users will get their hands on their chips before consumers. Intel also noted that future process uses will be “fluid,” depending on the market segment, meaning 14nm may be sticking around for longer than some had hoped.


    It would be nice if theyt started adding a 25% jump in performance  instead of just 15% which is barely noticeable .



    Thanks Kev !

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