The new 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i+ processor explained

Play, create and work faster with Intel’s new brand of 8th Gen processors featuring Intel® Optane™ memory* that learns and accelerates what you do most.

06 Apr 2018


Gaming, editing videos and loading files will be much swifter thanks to a new breed of computer chips and smart memory technology – Intel® Optane™ memory which enhances your hard drive to super-charged speeds.

Intel has now brought its fastest Core 'i' chips under one umbrella with the launch of 8th Gen Intel® CoreTM i+ to help make choosing your next computer easier. 


What is 8th Gen Intel® Core i+?

Computers equipped with the latest 8th Gen i+ technology will have the power and responsiveness to make everything smoother and faster.

If you see a Core i5+ or Core i7+ sticker on your next computer, it indicates that the PC includes Intel® Optane™ Memory. This is a type of smart tech that learns how you use your computer and makes sluggish hard drives faster.

All Intel 8th Gen Core i5, i7 and i9 processors featuring Intel® Optane™ memory will be i+.

Look forward to…

  • Less loading, more gaming
  • More processing power for seamless gameplay
  • Faster rendering, editing and content creation
  • Quick-launching applications and software programs
  • Saving large fileswith virtually no lag
  • Handling multiple tasks effortlessly

Find out more about Intel® Optane™

Intel i5+

Why is Core i+ better than previous processors?

When put to the test, the i+ platform performed significantly better than processors without Optane memory, according to Intel.

8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ 8400 Processor vs 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-8400

  • Overall system performance is up to 27% better with Core i5+ desktop featuring 16GB Intel® Optane™ memory
  • Everyday tasks are up to 81% more responsive

8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5+ 8400 Processor vs 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ i5-3300

  • When compared with a five-year-old PC, everyday tasks are up to 2.5x more responsive with an 8thGen Intel® Core™ i5+ desktop featuring Optane

8th Gen i+

How you can benefit from Core i+

See a difference to how you play, create and work… 

For gamers

If you’re someone who lives and breathes the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Red Dead Redemption, you’ll be able to take your play to new heights. Get the processing power you need to play on high settings, and always be the first one on the field battling your rivals. Expect 4.3x faster level loads and 2.2x faster launch times**.

Optane memory automatically learns and accelerates your most frequently played games with fast game launch and level loading. You can install your games on a large capacity HDD and play them at SSD-like speed.

For visual content creators

If you use your computer to edit large amounts of photos and videos, you may find you’re often slowed down waiting for files to load. Video editing software sucks up a lot of power and, annoyingly, may cause your computer to freeze. With the 8th Gen Core i+ platform, you can enjoy smooth video rendering and playback, plus high-resolution image manipulation while still having plenty of storage capacity.

Create, edit, share, store and access your large digital library superfast. Expect media projects to be loaded 3.8x quicker and editing to be 1.6x faster** – so you can keep your creative juices flowing without any hold-ups. 

For productive office workers

Frustrated with your computer freezing when you try to download large files and open emails and excel documents at the same time? You don’t have the time – or patience – to wait for things to happen.

A new computer with 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i+ will get stuff done faster and easier than older PCs. You can have several applications open at once without worrying that your machine will crash. Blitz through your workload in no time so you spend less time in front of your screen. Giving you more time to enjoy other things…

Dell XPS 8930

Grab yourself a PC with this ultrafast processor, like the Dell XPS 8930 with Intel® i7+ or i5+ processor


*Intel®Optane™ memory requires specific hardware and software configuration.  Visit for configuration requirements.

** Performance tests are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to those factors may cause the results to vary. Visit for more information.


Look out for 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i+ branded chips in PCs and notebooks soon. In the mean time, browse our desktop PCs with Intel i5 and i7 processors

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