Intel has added three Whiskey Lake U and Amber Lake Y processors to its eighth-generation Core processors. The chips for thin and light laptops are based on the Kaby Lake architecture and are made using a 14nm process.
The new U models with 15W TDP are the Core i7-8565U, i5-8265U and i3-8145U. The economical Y-series with a TDP of 5W concerns the Core i7-8500Y, i5-8200Y and m3-8100Y. Intel’s economical Y-series of processors has not had an update since 2016 and was due for renewal. The U-series got another update last year with Kaby Lake-Refresh, with quad-cores appearing in the line for the first time, while maintaining the tdp of 15W.
The processors are still produced on Intel’s 14nm++ process and the underlying architecture is still Kaby Lake. The improvements to the processors themselves are therefore minimal and focus on higher boost clock speeds.
Changes can mainly be found at the platform controller hub. There, Intel has partially integrated hardware for 2×2 802.11ac 160MHz Wi-Fi, which Intel believes results in energy, cost and surface savings compared to a separate network card. The integration is about Mac hardware. The manufacturer then only needs to add a companion RF module as a network adapter for WiFi support. Intel itself supplies the AC-9560 as a module, but third parties can also manufacture modules.
New to the PC is also the presence of standard support for USB 3.1, which concerns Gen 2, as shown by the throughput speed of 10Gbit/s that Intel mentions. The company also puts Thunderbolt 3 in the diagram of the PC, but this still requires an additional chip.
For consumers who want to purchase a thin and light laptop or 2-in-1 with the chips, it is important to pay attention to what performance the models offer. Intel offers manufacturers the option to choose between two TDP modes. If they opt for configurable tdp-down, the emphasis is on battery life, with a lower base clock speed, while c-tdp-up offers better performance, at the cost of some economy.
|Whiskey Lake||4 / 8||1.8 / 4.6||15W||8||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133||$409|
|Whiskey Lake||4 / 8||1.6 / 3.9||15W||6||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133||$297|
|Whiskey Lake||2 / 4||2.1 / 3.9||15W||4||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133||$281|
|i7-8650U||Kaby Lake-R||4 / 8||1.9 / 4.2||15W||8||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133|
|i7-8550U||Kaby Lake-R||4 / 8||1,8 / 4||15W||8||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133|
|i5-8350U||Kaby Lake-R||4 / 8||1.7 / 3.6||15W||6||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133|
|i5-8250U||Kaby Lake-R||4 / 8||1.6 / 3.4||15W||6||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133|
|i3-8130U||Kaby Lake||2 /4||2.2 / 3.4||15W||4||UHD 620||DDR4-2400 / Lpddr3-2133|
|Amber Lake||2 / 4||1.5 / 4.2||5W||4||UHD Graphics 615||Lpddr3-1866||$393|
|Amber Lake||2 / 4||1.3 / 3.9||5W||4||UHD Graphics 615||Lpddr3-1866||$291|
|Amber Lake||2 / 4||1.1 / 3.4||5W||4||UHD Graphics 615||Lpddr3-1866||$281|
|i7-7Y75||Kaby Lake||2 / 4||1.3 / 3.6||5W||4||HD Graphics 615||Ddr3l-1600, Lpddr3-1866|
|i5-7Y57||Kaby Lake||2 / 4||1.2 / 3.3||5W||4||HD Graphics 615||Ddr3l-1600, Lpddr-1866|
|i5-7Y54||Kaby Lake||2 / 4||1.2 / 3.2||5W||4||HD Graphics 615||Ddr3l-1600, Lpddr-1866|
|m3-7Y32||Kaby Lake||2 / 4||1.1 / 3||5W||4||HD Graphics 615||Ddr3l-1600, Lpddr-1866|
|m3-7Y30||Kaby Lake||2 / 4||1/2,6||5W||4||HD Graphics 615||Ddr3l-1600, Lpddr-1866|
|Processor||clock speed (GHz)||Boost (GHz)||C-tp-down, clock sn. (10W)||C-tdp-up, clocksn. (25W)|
|Processor||clock speed (GHz)||Boost (GHz)||C-tp-down, clock sn.||C-tdp-up, clocksn.|
|i7-8500Y||1,5||4.2||0.6 (3.5W)||1.6 (7W)|
|i5-8200Y||1.3||3.9||0.6 (3.5W)||1.6 (7W)|
|m3-8100Y||1.1||3.4||0.6 (4.5W)||1.6 (8W)|