When mentioning “Processors”, what’s the first word that pops up in your mind? Without a doubt it’s Intel. Established in 1968, Intel has been one of the world’s leading semiconductor chip maker on which most of the PC’s run in today’s time.
From a mini laptop to a supercomputer, from Lenovo to Apple, Intel has gained a monopoly over the microprocessor and communication industry leaving the rivals like AMD and IBM far behind in the run. Without a doubt, a processor is the most important aspect when buying a new system, for a flawless body is waste with a flawed brain. Processors run programs, sends and receives signals to attached devices, defining the control and speed of your system.
Apt processors has been designed for the needs of a being, just like gaming needs fast processing whereas day to day tasks can work up on a decent process speed, “Pentium” to “Xeon” cover them all. Every year, these processors are upgraded and geared up to cope with the augmenting need for speed.
From “Nehalem Architecture(Code name for 1st Gen processors)” to “Coffee lake (Code name for 8th Gen processors)”, Intel has presented an 8 generation of microprocessor legacy. While with every generation, efficiency is enhanced, the question still remains “Is it worth the upgrade”. For this, let’s jump into the “Battle of the Intel processors” and compare the latest 7th generation processor range “Kaby lake” to 8th generation processors range “Coffee lake”
KABY LAKE VS COFFEE LAKE – THE BATTLE OF INTEL PROCESSORS
KABY LAKE –
Produced using a 14 nanometers (14+) manufacturing technology, Kaby lake processors were launched in 2017 January (Desktop chips). With the latest generation of architecture, Intel decided to produce Kaby lake without using their “Tick tock” design and manufacturing model. It’s the first core architecture to produce “hyper-threading” for the Pentium branded desktop CPU. Features a new graphics architecture enhancing 3-D and 4K video performance. Also features the first overclocking enabled i3 branded CPU.
COFFEE LAKE –
Following a similar trend of Skylake (6th gen) and Kaby lake, it also features a 14nm (14++) refinement. Launched in October 2017, Intel showed its first core count upgrade across the desktop lineup in a decade, boosting the processing by 40%. Making i5 and i7 feature 6 cores (with hyper-threading in i7) and i3 with 4 cores and dropping hyper-threading over here. Addition of i9 processor was also a new page in the book.
KABY LAKE VS COFFEE LAKE –
Let’s start the battle of the Intel processors.
- i7 Coffee lake leads up on hyper-threading but dips at low base frequency compared to i7 Kaby lake due to extra core packed together. Extra core results in more heat dissipation(Although working on 14++ manufacturing technology) compare to 4 cores(Running on 14+) but enhances the speed at the same time. In memory speed, Coffee lake takes the crown.
- i5 Coffee lake, as usual, gets a 50% upgrade in the cores thus magnifying the speed although minimizing the base frequency compared to Kaby Lake but compensating it with higher boost capacity, it doesn’t receive hyper-threading so it remains pretty much same there. The graphics assets also increased with Coffee Lake upgrade making it Intel UHD 630 graphics over Kaby’s Intel HD 630 graphics making an addition of 50MHz.
- i3 Coffee lake gets a 100% increase in core counting featuring an enhanced speed compared to Kaby’s two core but also downfalls in base frequency and battery consumption. Lower base frequency is a problem with i3 because turbo boost technology isn’t available with i3, unlike i5 and i7.
Undoubtedly, both the 7th and 8th Generation processors are brilliant when it comes to performance. But the comparison is users’ need for tiebreaker.