Key 8th Gen Intel Core Features and Chipsets
As a quick recap, here are the main features. We already covered the new higher-performance and core count CPUs. Beyond that, there is a new Mobile Intel 300 series chipset with upgraded Wi-Fi and USB 3.1 Gen 2.
Intel is forging ahead with IRIS graphics as we saw in our Intel Xeon E3-1585 V5 Linux CPU Benchmarks on some of the new dual and quad-core SKUs. Perhaps we will see a Xeon Entry level refresh of these SKUs as well.
In terms of the chipsets, the slide is self-explanatory. There are a number of SKUs available including the Q series chipset SKU which Intel uses to denote vPro enablement.
One area that we wanted to touch on is the Optane memory which is getting yet another nudge towards being mainstream.
Intel Optane Memory Takes Center Stage
With the 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs and the Xeon E-2100M series mobile parts, Intel is pushing Optane Memory. A basic premise is that an OEM can use Optane plus a spinning drive to provide a high capacity and high performance solution. We wish we had 512GB and 1TB class mobile Optane devices so we could finally just use Optane as primary storage in notebooks. Instead, Intel Optane Memory is essentially caching data on the Optane drive.
We have shown these as part of our Intel Optane 800p overview, but Intel provides a number of application traces that highlight that most consumer workloads are low queue depth affairs.
Here Intel is simply showing that its Optane SSDs perform well at these low queue depths, which they do.
We like Intel Optane technology, but we need a m.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD, or an Intel Optane 900p m.2 form factor drive, in larger capacities, until we see mass adoption.
We were told multiple times that this is not the Intel Xeon E-2100 or Xeon Entry level launch. Generally, the Xeon E3-1200 series launches have trailed the consumer parts by a few weeks or months. We do like the direction of moving this class of platform up to 6 cores and 12 threads along which single core clock speeds nearing 5GHz. For a segment of our readers that is in the dedicated hosting market or simply likes these low core count, high clock speed single socket platforms, this should be good news going forward. Of course, as Intel reiterated to us, it does not comment on unannounced products (even if the mobile team is launching Xeon E-2100M parts.) We think the chances are good that Intel will continue selling new generations of products into existing segments as they become available.