The History Of Intel CPUs

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Michael Justin Allen Sexton

Michael Justin Allen Sexton is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He covers hardware component news, specializing in CPUs and motherboards.

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  • uglyduckling81
    I'm not sure your summary of Kaby is accurate. It's more like you just copy, pasted from their advertising material.
    It runs hotter if anything, though it's fair to say it runs the same. The only real change is their improvements in actual yield quality allowing them to release slightly higher clocks at stock.
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  • Nevering
    From what I've seen then Kabylake is no better than Skylake especially at gaming.
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  • razamatraz
    If Coffee Lake is going to be 14nm as well are we not getting a Tick-Tock-Tock-Tock cadence now? Cannon Lake is 10nm but is not releasing in the desktop or laptop CPU types, only in the embedded ultra low power. So we got proces with Broadwell, Architecture with Skylake, Optimize (debatable) with Kaby Lake and Optimize again with Coffee Lake?
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  • PUPPLESAN
    Tick | tock | KA-CHING. I don't blame Intel at all--they are running up against the basic structure of matter and meantime have to make money somehow--- but the second tock is a not exactly a great reason to rush-buy a new system. Left un-described is the unholy terror that settles-in the minds of Intel investors once circuit sizes drop below about 3-5 nano-meters. Unless quantum computing proves practical and possible, the "ticks" and "tocks" will begin to herald little more than infinitesimal performance gains. They kind of already do.
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  • stanljl
    Enjoyed the read thank you.
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  • genz
    @Pupplesan

    Die shrinks aren't giving the performance boosts they used to and I highly suspect that Intel 10nm is more mobile than max-clock optimized (like ARM nodes) hence the worse top end performance (Process nodes have a power curve like cars). If Intel are smart they will be trying to get their mobile chip sales to scales where they can do their Extreme and Xeon chips on a less efficient, more higher clocking process node and stick everything from Atom and Core M to i7 Ks on 10nm. The price gap will be as wide as now, but then 2011 socket processors might finally see Intel really working on top end performance again.
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