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Intel announces Core i3-8130U for thin and light devices

by Mark Tyson on 13 February 2018, 10:11

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Intel launched a single entry-level processor in a half hearted attempt to distract from AMD's Ryzen/Vega APU launches yesterday. The new Intel Core i3-8130U is targeted at thin and light laptops and 2-in-1s and promises "a performance jump over the previous generation" to sit comfortably among its 8th Gen Intel Core i7 and i5 siblings. However, it is notable that those siblings came with a core count boost - all of them boast four physical cores. The Core i3-8130U sticks with the 2C/4T configuration of its 2.7GHz predecessor.

The key specs of the Core i3-8130U are shown below in the table. Intel has configured this processor with two cores and four threads. Its base frequency is 2.2GHz but it can boost up to 3.4GHz when under pressure. The on-board Intel UHD Graphics 620 runs at base/max 300/1000MHz. This 15W processor supports up to 32GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and is equipped with 4MB of L3 cache.

Above, the table shows the key specifications of the 15W TDP Intel Core i3-8130U processor. If you look at the Intel ARK you can get more details, which show that the TDP-down, when the processor is idling at 800MHz or below, is 10W. The Core i3-7130U, this chip's predecessor, also has a 15W TDP but has a TDP-down figure of 7.5W at 800MHz.

Overall then, the Core i3-8130U fills a gap in the 8th gen processors for thin and light devices range. Intel says it will be used by partners in new systems shortly.



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Is it safe to say this isn't Spectre proofed ? you'd think any new CPU launch now would be fixed against Spectre at the hardware level.
DemonHighwayman
Is it safe to say this isn't Spectre proofed ? you'd think any new CPU launch now would be fixed against Spectre at the hardware level.

I want to see this as a joke but I really don't believe that Intel give a crap enough to disrupt their development and release pipeline. They have taken the stance saying “there's microcode for spectre and OS updates for meltdown, get over it”.

And tbh, as it notes in the article this literally is a knee-jerk “hey everyone, we have something cool for low power devices too”. It's really telling when there is no buildup, just all of a sudden they announce a single SKU which they've probably had for months, just kept in the ammo store.
Hardware-level fixes “Later this year” said Krzanich.
Tabbykatze
DemonHighwayman
Is it safe to say this isn't Spectre proofed ? you'd think any new CPU launch now would be fixed against Spectre at the hardware level.

I want to see this as a joke but I really don't believe that Intel give a crap enough to disrupt their development and release pipeline. They have taken the stance saying “there's microcode for spectre and OS updates for meltdown, get over it”.

And tbh, as it notes in the article this literally is a knee-jerk “hey everyone, we have something cool for low power devices too”. It's really telling when there is no buildup, just all of a sudden they announce a single SKU which they've probably had for months, just kept in the ammo store.

Well there is one plus out of all this for Intel.

When they launch chips with hardware fixes, the marketing department can claim ‘upto 30% performance boost over the previous generation’/s
DemonHighwayman
Is it safe to say this isn't Spectre proofed ? you'd think any new CPU launch now would be fixed against Spectre at the hardware level.

when you look at 3mnth turn around for a re-spin , and development time to make it work, later this year is going to be the earliest time they are going to be able to get them out of the door, even if they knew about it last summer