They have finally arrived. The new Coffee Lake platform for Intel Core processors is here and this time it seems that Intel got its act together since it states that the new platform is about 40% faster than the current Kaby Lake and even two times more powerful than the platform used 5 years ago.
The new Intel Core processors seem more willing to face AMD than ever before, especially since there was nobody on par with AMD for many years until now. However, the picture has changed considerably and providing an update giving you only an extra 15% of performance is not enough nowadays. Now what prevails is multitasking and we all know what that means: more cores and more threads.
Intel has made the biggest architecture change in a long time with the Coffee Lake platform’s new Core processors. This change dictates that both their Core i5 and Core i7 processors will have 4 cores and 8 threads enabled. If we take into account that these processors are going to be featured on the laptop segment, the change in performance will be really significant.
The Core platform’s core and thread increase perfectly explains performance boost
If we take a look at current U-series Core i5 and Core i7 processors based on the Kaby Lake architecture, we will see that all of them really are 2-core processors with hyper-threading. Basically, Intel has doubled the number of cores and threads inside its U-series Core processors, meaning that they will always get a substantial performance boost, especially when multitasking. However, do not think that the operating frequencies have changed much for the better.
Four 8th-gen Core processors have been launched today and the most striking detail at first glance is the generalized drop in base operating frequencies. For example, the Core i5-7360U had a base frequency of 2.3 GHz and its modern equivalent, the 8350U, has a base frequency of 1.7 GHz. Although it was expected, given that Intel must keep power consumption at 15 W, the brand is featuring two extra cores and four extra threads in its processors. The fact is that Intel focused almost all of its presentation on the boost in performance when running tasks requiring many threads.
A change prompted by AMD’s competition
This major change in the Intel Core processors’ internal architecture can only have one real reason: AMD Ryzen. And we still have not seen the models that AMD will launch for laptops, which will certainly be out along with the Raven Ridge APUs. In any case, it is clear that Intel is really concerned for the first time in years about AMD’s reappearance on the market, and it will fight tooth and nail against AMD for it. We have already seen some of this with Intel restructuring its HEDT platform and the leaks claiming that the new Core i5 for PC will sport 6 cores while the Core i3 will feature 4 cores.
By the way, Intel has already confirmed that Coffee Lake for PC will be out in the fall.