Details about Intel’s soon to be announced Amer Lake-Y series of CPUs have been revealed by Romanian site NextLab501. It is to be suspected that the official announcement for this series is imminent.
Intel Amber Lake-Y
Intel seems to have taken quite some time to get their low power 8th generation Core family of processors out on low power notebook devices. Perhaps it was well worth the wait? I honestly doubt that. Details revealed seem to suggest that Amber Lake-Y will still be based on Intel’s 14nm++ processing node which isn’t much a surprise going off just how catastrophic 10nm has been for Intel.
At the front lines for the small fleet of Amber Lake is the i7-8500Y which should replace the previous generation i7-7Y75 released back in Q3′ 2016. It features the same dual core design with hyperthreading, 4MB of L3 cache and the same UHD 615 Integrated Graphics.
The i7-8500Y features a base clock frequency of 1.5Ghz with a single core boost of 4.2GHz and dual core boost of 3.6GHz. Which is up from the 1.3GHz base of the 7Y75 which only featured a single core boost of 3.6GHz and 3.4GHz for both cores.
The next in the lineup revealed is the i5-8200Y which should replace the i5-7Y57 with this chips featuring a base of 1.3GHz with a single core boost of 3.9 and a dual core boost of 3.3GHz which once again is up a mind-boggling few hundred megahertz compared to the previous generation.
And the last processor to be revealed would go the m3-8100Y which will be replacing the last generation m3-7Y32. This processor comes in clocked at a blazing fast 1.1GHz with single core and dual core boosts coming in at 3.4GHz and 2.7GHz respectively.
Rumors are circulating that these chips could be the heart of Apple’s entry level 13-inch MacBook and upcoming Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 models.
Overall these CPUs are very lackluster considering the almost two year wait compared to previous Kaby Lake-Y chips. A few hundred megahertz more within the same TDP restrictions is welcomed no doubt but one has to ask if things would’ve gone a lot more smoothly had Intel been capable of tapping out their 10nm process. Hopefully things should get a little more exciting upon the official announcement with more processors joining the Amber Lake family soon to come.