avatarby John CallahamFebruary 13, 20170 comments

Intel remains the biggest maker of processors in the world for Windows and Mac laptops and notebooks. It also continues to launch new versions of its Core processors. A few days ago, as part of its Investors Day event, Intel confirmed that it will launch the 8th generation of its Core family of processors sometime in the second half of 2017.

The bad news is that those chips will be made on the company’s current 14nm manufacturing process. Intel still claims that the 8th-gen Core i7 processors will perform 15 percent faster than the current 7th generation Core i7 chips in SysMark benchmarking tests. AnandTech added, via its own unnamed sources, that the first 8th-gen Core processors will target the thin-and-light laptop market, as the 7th-gen Core chips did when they first launched in the fall of 2016.

Intel did show an example of chips made using the new and smaller 10nm process at CES 2017. However, Anandtech stated  the first processors that will be using it will target servers, via its Xenon lineup, as well as chips made for big computing efforts.

For regular PC consumers, this likely means a small jump in performance for the next Intel chips in their laptops and desktops for late 2017/early 2018, but not a massive one. It’s currently up in the air when the company will launch chips for regular PCs that will use the 10nm process, but when that happens, we can expect a much bigger boost in hardware performance. Meanwhile, Qualcomm will launch the Snapdragon 835, which will be using 10nm silicon, sometime in 2017 for a variety of smartphones. It will be interesting to see if the performance gap between Qualcomm and Intel chips will narrow as a result.

Are you going to wait to get your next PC until Intel launches its 8th generation Core chip? Let us know what you plan to do in the comments!