Intel’s next-generation Coffee Lake processors will be up to 30
percent faster than today’s Kaby Lake chips, the company has
eight-generation CPUs will be manufactured using the same
cutting-edge 14-nanometer process it is already using — and
it’s great news for future MacBooks.
Intel made today’s announcement after benchmarking a
next-generation U-series processor — the kind of chip used in
notebooks. It pitted it against a Core i7-7500U clocked at
2.7GHz (up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) with two cores and four
was a 30 percent increase in performance, according to SYSmark
version 1.5. Intel isn’t naming that new chip yet, but
Ars Technica reports that has a 4GHz Turbo
Boost speed, four cores, and eight threads. It also uses just
15W of power.
It means future Apple notebooks —
and those from rival manufacturers — will be substantially
faster than today’s. Of course, we don’t know how long it will
take Apple to adopt Coffee Lake chips, but Intel says they’ll
be ready sometime during the second half of 2017.
also unveiled its
new X-series processors for desktops today, and they’re even
more impressive. Replacing X99, the company’s new X299 platform
will come with up to 18 cores and a whopping 36 threads.
aimed at gamers, content creators, and video producers, with
clock speeds up to 4.5GHz and support for DDR4 RAM.