Intel 8th Gen Whiskey Lake-U Core i7 And i5 CPU Specs Reveal Serious Clock Speed Boost
Intel stated at Computex last month that it would be rolling out two new 8th Generation Core processor families for mobile devices this fall: Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y. Beyond the codenames, however, Intel was short on details. In the absence of official specs, the web is picking up the slack with a couple of leaks that detail two of Intel's upcoming Whiskey Lake-U processors.
They include the Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U. Tom Apisak, a reliable leaker of benchmarking data, highlighted the upcoming chips on Twitter with links to images hosted on Imgur. Those images reveal faster clockspeeds for both processors compared to the Kaby Lake-R CPUs they are meant to replace, those being the Core i7-8550U and Core i5-8250U.
Here is a look at how the Core i7 parts compare:
- Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake-U): 4 cores / 8 threads, 1.8GHz to 4.5GHz, 8MB cache, 15W TDP
- Core i7-8550U (Kaby Lake-R): 4 cores / 8 threads, 1.8GHz to 4.0GHz, 6MB cache, 15 TDP
Intel's Whiskey Lake-U processors are built on the same 14nm++ manufacturing process as Kaby Lake-R, but are further optimized to handle faster clockspeeds within the same power profile. As it pertains to the Core i7-8560U, it has a 500MHz higher boost clock than the Core i7-8550U, and the same 15W TDP. It also boasts more L3 cache at 8MB versus 6MB.
Now here's a look at how the Core i5-8265U compares with the Core i5-8250U:
- Core i5-8265U (Whiskey Lake-U): 4 cores / 8 threads, 1.6GHz to 3.9GHz, 8MB cache, 15W TDP
- Core i5-8250U (Kaby Lake-R): 4 cores / 8 threads, 1.6GHz to 3.4GHz, 6MB cache, 15W TDP
Just like the Core i7 Whiskey Lake-U part, the Core i5-8265U has the same number of cores and threads, same base clock, and same TDP as its predecessor, but more cache and a 500MHz faster boost clock.
Where that boost clock will come into play is when dealing with CPU intensive workloads. According to Intel, Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y will deliver up to double-digit performance gains. The company also says to expect its OEM partners to launch more than 140 new laptops and 2-in-1s outfitted with these new processor families this fall.
One of those partners is Haier. The product page for Haier's Bo Yue laptop series references both the Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U on its website in China. Those listings also show the same specs, so barring a last minute change on Intel's part (unlikely at this point), the specs above can be considered accurate.