Intel seems to be overhauling the naming scheme for its low power Core Y-Series chips. Goodbye Core M3-7Y30. Hello Core M3-8100Y.

The new names are expected to debut with the launch of Intel’s new “Amber Lake” processor lineup, which should happen any day now.

This week Dell leaked the names of a couple of Intel’s upcoming Y-series chips. But it looks like Romanian website NextLab501 has a few more details, including spec for a third chip.

The new processors are expected to launch in the third quarter of 2018, and they’re all dual-core chips with support for hyperthreading. These are 8th-gen Core processors, but they have the same Intel UHD 615 graphics as their 7th-gen predecessors.

On paper, it looks like the biggest difference is that the new processor have higher base and turbos CPU frequencies.

Here’s a run-down of the first three Amber Lake chips, according to NextLab501:

Intel Amber Lake Y chips
ProcessorCoresThreadsBase clockTurbo clockTDP
Core m3-8100Y241.1 GHz3.4 GHz5W
Core i5-8200Y241.3 GHz3.9 GHz5W
Core i7-8500Y241.5 GHz4.2 GHz5W

By comparison, here are the specs for Intel’s 7th-gen Core Y chips based on Kaby Lake architecture:

Intel Kaby Lake Y chips
ProcessorCoresThreadsBase clockTurbo clockTDP
Core m3-7Y30241 GHz2.6 GHz4.5W
Core i5-7Y54241.2 GHz3.2 GHz4.5W
Core i7-7Y75241.3 GHz3.6 GHz4.5W

Note that the TDP value can be a little misleading, since Intel allowed device makers to configure the TDP as low as 3.5W or as high as 7 watts in order to enhance performance or battery life. It’s likely that the company will offer similar flexibility with its Amber Lake chips.

All of these processors are low-power chips designed for thin, light, and fanless products. The idea is that for certain types of work, these processors will be almost as fast as their 15 watt Core U-series counterparts. Base on my review of the Eve V tablet with a Core i7-7Y75 processor. You’ll probably want something more powerful if you plan to do a lot of gaming, video editing, or cryptocurrency mining. But for basic web and office tasks, I’ve found Y-series chips to be a big step up from Intel’s Atom-like Apollo Lake Celeron and Pentium chips. So I’ll be interested in seeing how Amber Lake moves the ball forward.

via MacRumors

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5 replies on “More Intel Amber Lake CPU details leaked”

  1. The new naming Scheme makes much much more sense, I was hoping there would be a Pentium Gold release amongst the AmberLake chips as well, or maybe it will come with 9th gen.

  2. They certainly squeezed higher clocks from their current 14nm but at the cost of half watt extra.

    1. Or they took the existing kaby lake design, added the higher turbo clk frequency and saw that consumed 1/2 watt more. A small change to the clk block and presto, a new design is created.

  3. Wonder when the whiskey lake details will leak. Intel claims 140 new designs from OEMs for fall 2018, wonder if how many of those are just same designs with the new chips rather than completely new designs. Haven’t found much online in terms of benchmarks unlike last year, so not sure if this means less people testing or OEMs less eager to update their laptops, unless Intel is kicking back some incentives? Kaby Lake R was launched on Aug 21st last year, so perhaps we might get coffee lake refresh for desktop on august 1st and maybe whiskey lake


    We already know from other site that the 8565U will have 2 ghz base and 4.5ghz turbo, but seems wikichip states this is for 2 cores, and that 1 core is 4.6ghz and all 4 cores boost is 4.1ghz. The boosts are nice but curious to see how this will impact on throttling when a lot of current thin and lights already throttle on the 8550U.


    Wikichip have some freq info on their site, not sure how accurate but that benchmark does confirm the same base clock of 1.6ghz like the current 8250U but the boosts are improved, 3.9ghz vs 3.4ghz and a boost of 3.7ghz for all cores, not sure what the is for the 8250U though. Comparing it on gfxbench to the 8250, the new whiskeylake is faster in the gfx benchmark, so wonder if there is due to the boosts or if there are some slight gpu adjustments. Can’t seem to find the 8565U on gfxbench though or the 8265U on geekbench, for now.

    I’d imagine asus and acer will have devices on the whiskey lake earlier, ifa 2018, with dell upgrading their stuff in late september or early october as usual, same for HP for their spectre line up like last year. As for the xps 2in1, that hasn’t been updated in a while, so I suspect an earlier release date for that model.

    Would be great to see some new OEM designs, but I feel OEMs are waiting for 10nm or 10nm+ in order to roll out more radical thinner designs.

    Also what is this “anderson lake” on intel’s site?

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