Intel’s Amber Lake processors are low-power, 8th-gen Intel Core chips designed for fanless laptops, tablets, mini PCs, and other devices where manufacturers want to balance power consumption with performance.
The chip maker launched the first 5 watt Amber Lake chips in mid-2018, but when Apple unveiled an updated MacBook Air a few months alter, it was powered by a previously unannounced 7 watt Amber Lake chip.
Now it has more company. Intel has quietly updated its Amber Lake chip lineup so that there are now six processors, including three 5 watt chips and three 7 watt versions with higher CPU frequencies.
Here’s an overview of the updated Amber Lake lineup. The newer models have asterisks before their names.
- * Core i7-8510Y – 7 watt/1.8 GHz base/3.9 GHz boost/UHD 615 graphics (300 MHz/1.05 GHz)
- Core i7-8500Y – 5 watt/1.5 GHz base/4.2 GHz boost/UHD 617 graphics (300 MHz/1.05 GHz)
- * Core i5-8310Y – 7 watt/1.6 GHz base/3.9 boost/UHD 617 graphics (300 MHz/1.05 GHz)
- * Core i5-8210Y – 7 watt/1.6 GHz base/3.6 GHz boost/UHD 617 graphics (300 MHz/1.05 GHz)
- Core i5-8200Y – 5 watt/1.3 GHz base/3.9 GHz boost/UHD 615 (300 MHz/950 MHz)
- Core i3-8100Y – 5 watt/1.1 GHz base/3.4 GHz boost/UHD615 (300 MHz/900MHz)
All six chips are 14nm, dual-core, quad-thread processors with support for up to 16GB of dual channel RAM.