Intel announces a new entry-level processor

After the AMD’s recent Ryzen/Vega APU launch a few days ago which claimed the spotlight, Chipzilla themselves released a new entry-level chip in hopes for seizing the spotlight.

The processor goes by the name of Intel Core i3-8130U and it was made for thin and light laptops and 2 in 1s. In addition, it promises a performance boost over its previous generation to perform as well as its 8th Gen Intel Core i7 and i5 siblings. However, the main difference between the Core i3-8130U and those other chips is that the other chips have 4 cores whereas this Intel Core i3-8130U sticks with the 2C/4T configuration of its 2.7GHz predecessor. Intel also uses the same microarchitecture as Skylake, so the per-MHz performance does not differ.

The makers reworked the Speed Shift technology to increase the speed of dynamic adjustments of voltages and clocks. They have furthermore improved 14nm process which allows higher frequencies with much better efficiency.

Intel designed this processor to have two cores and four threads with a base frequency of 2.2GHz but it is also designed to fill a gap in the 8th generation processors for thin and light devices range. It can boost up to 3.4GHz when it is in need of the extra bit of processing power for intensive programs. Additionally, it features the Intel UHD Graphics 620. Kaby Lake should support H.265/HEVC Main 10 with a 10-bit color depth as well as Google’s VP9 codec however, the dual-core Kaby Lake processors should also support the HDCP 2.2. The Intel Core i3-8130U runs at 15W and supports up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM while it is equipped with 4MB of L3 cache.

As more new CPU’s are emerging from both the giants with better specs than before, I can say that the competition is going to be tough between the two which should be beneficial for the customers.

Linh Gia Nguyen

Linh is a university student currently studying in Europe and working part-time in an app design company. He is a passionate gamer since his childhood, mainly PC games and some handheld console games. He writes on Latest hardware related news. You can contact him at Linh@xtremegaminerd.com
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