Intel Launches 8th Gen Core U-Series and Y-Series Processors

Intel Launches 8th Gen Core U-Series and Y-Series Processors

Intel Launches 8th Gen Core U-Series and Y-Series Processors

And the XPS 13 2-in-1, the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 is now powered by the latest Intel 8th Generation processors offering more performance and improve battery life. Both are quad-core designs, in contrast to the i3-8145U, a dual-core part with a base clock speed of 2.1 GHz and a max frequency of 3.9 GHz.

Formerly known by their respective codenames Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake, these new chips are built upon Intel's 14nm die lithography and come with an assortment of new features. But it does support Gigabit Wi-Fi by way of external or discrete modules, and it has preloaded eSIM support for Intel's Gigabit LTE modems. To help buyers figure out what games they can play, and what settings to use, check out Intel's existing website, which provides a list of compatible games, and suggested resolution and detail level settings based on your exact hardware, including updated setting for these new CPUs.

The PCH though, is getting an upgrade and comes with integrated Intel Wireless-AC 160 MHz Gigabit Wi-Fi and USB 3.1 controllers thereby, freeing up some PCIe lanes for peripherals.

Three chips also make up the new Y-series Core processors, which didn't get an eighth-gen refresh like their larger siblings. By encouraging further power efficiencies, newer laptops can hit up to 16 hours of battery life.

In our pre-launch communications we received the basic technical specs (see above), and saw no direct comparisons against the previous generation Core U- and Y-Series parts.

In addition to this, the new Y-series and U-series chips have built-in support for virtual assistants like Cortana and Alexa.

Just as it is with the current range of 8th generation CPUs, the Intel U-Series mobile CPUs natively support Dolby Vision HDR, along with Dolby Atmos immersive audio, making them the ideal component for notebooks makers looking to create products with an emphasis on home entertainment. Whether new hardware can convince cheapskate PC owners to trade in those perfectly good, somewhat slow old PCs is a question only Intel's hardware partners can answer.

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