The insane 18-core i9 processors in the new Core X series are not everything that Intel has revealed today. The company has also outed an important detail about its upcoming 8th generation Core CPUs for the mainstream. These will become available in the second half of this year, as successors to the currently selling 7th generation Core SKUs.
Intel says the next generation chips will perform up to 30% better than the ones out today, at least in some circumstances and for some use cases.
The company has seen such a boost in SYSmark 2014 version 1.5, and the quoted improvement applies only to the 15W U-series processors. Intel pitted a 7th generation Core i7-7500U CPU (two cores, four threads, 2.7-3.5GHz clock speed) against an unnamed next generation chip with four cores, eight threads, and 4GHz maximum clock speed in order to achieve the aforementioned result.
Like the 6th and 7th generation Core processors, the 8th generation models will also be built using a 14nm process, but a “refined iteration” nevertheless. The new 8th gen architecture is codenamed Coffee Lake.