Intel Core i3-8130U specifications have been revealed and it seems that this will be a dual-core chip coming out for mobile devices and will be replacing the 7130U. The chip will have 2 cores and 4 threads which is something that we are used to by now and keeping that in mind this will be a chip for entry-level laptops.
The Intel Core i3-8130U has a base clock of 2.2 GHz and can boost to 3.4 GHz which is impressive for a mobile CPU. All in all the base clock is lower than the previous generation model but you do get an extra MB of L3 cache as compared to the previous generation model. The chip comes with Intel UHD Graphics 620 which run at 300-1000 MHz. The CPU will have a TDP of 10-15W.
There are AMD Raven Ridge chips coming out with the same TDP and you can check them out here. While there are sure to be more variants with more cores and threads from Intel that we do not know about right now, things seem to be a lot clearer on AMD side of things where we will be getting 2 core, 4 thread version but that number goes up to 4 cores and 8 threads which is impressive for a laptop.
Keeping that in mind, for now AMD seems to be the way to go but we do not have the whole picture for now and Intel could be introducing something similar in the upcoming weeks. If that is indeed the case then we are going to have a very interesting 2018 with both companies fighting for mobile CPU market share.
Intel is being haunted by the Meltdown and Spectre bugs but it seems to not have taken a toll on revenue. You can learn more details about that here. Intel has also said that the company is working on chips that will not be affected by these bugs and that they will be coming out before the end of the year.
While we are on the topic of meltdown and Spectre, Linux inventor Linus Torvalds had some very harsh remarks regarding the patches that we being pushed to people and the following is what he had to say:
Certainly it’s a nasty hack, but hey — the world was on fire and in the end we didn’t have to just turn the datacentres off and go back to goat farming, so it’s not all bad.
Let us know what you think about the Intel Core i3-8130U and whether or not you are interested in buying a device that is powered by one of these chips.