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Intel 8th Gen Specifications Revealed!

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“Experience, feel, and see it”

With Intel’s press webinar last week, we received the newest news regarding the 8th Generation CPUs, with the U-Series based on the Kabylake Architecture coming from OEMs at the end of August, and Desktop CPUs coming in Fall.

The U-Series 15w CPUs are designed for both All-In-Ones, as well as ultra thin notebooks. One of Intel’s strong points was that it has double the performance that the technology 5 years ago has. Versus the last generation however, it has been said to have up to a 40% performance improvement while doing single tasks as well as multitasking over the 7th generation processors.


Many of the panels included general photo editing information such as Adobe Lightroom running 28% better on this generation versus the 7th, being able to organise/edit photos to create a slideshow up to 48% faster versus 7th gen (Whatever that means). All of the cores are running 4 cores / 8 threads, supporting both DDR4 as well as LPDDR3. However, from our eyes these were probably the two of the greatest announcements from the webinar:

Intel UHD Graphics

The Intel HD Graphics are dead, now rises the UHD Graphics. The 600 Series Integrated Graphics support not only 4k video on sites such as Netflix, but it also supports all Microsoft VR Headsets, although we don’t currently have our hands on any devices we will be testing the performance with the Microsoft headsets as soon as they’re available.


Thunderbolt Support

Intel had stated a few months ago that they would integrate Thunderbolt to work with all 8th Generation processors, for a combination of being able to plug in a monitor while powering the system at the same time, but the port also gives much more bandwidth than typical ports such as Displayport, with Thunderbolt you have the ability to hit 5k 60hz, or two 4k panels via a single port. This port up until now has generally only been used on Apple devices.

On the 21st August, 8am PDT – Intel will be having a full public introduction on the 8th generation via their website here. For more information go to





Jomas McCormick

Jomas is an Intern at VRRelated, In the VR scene he also taught kids aged predominantly between 9-15 how to create Virtual Reality content. Jomas also used to host Virtual Reality events to show his community the future that is just around the corner. Now, he's focusing on his goals on making a difference in the world by doing the small things that make a difference in peoples lives, an example being his 0 dollar budget 24hr VRCharity Stream in 2016 which raised over 7000 dollars for the Blind Foundation!

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