Intel recently introduced a new generation of mobile processors that, in addition to higher performance and lower demand for electricity, also offers faster wireless connectivity. The Intel Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y families support Gigabit Wi-Fi networks, i.e. the 802.11ac standard in the 160 MHz version. The theoretical maximum throughput of such a solution is 1.69 Gbps.
Times have come to an end when we have only looked at the number of cores and the frequency of clocking when selecting the processor. Today, the technologies supported by the platform are much more important. It is they who decide whether the laptop manufacturer will be able to offer its customers an attractive configuration that will allow the use of the latest solutions. More and more people are also beginning to pay attention to the supported 802.11 standard. We have faster Internet connections in homes. But we can not use their potential because the speed of the Internet is limited by the Wi-Fi network. Therefore, the operators have begun exchanging their clients with newer routers that support the 802.11ac standard. However, this is not enough. Our laptop must also be equipped with the appropriate network card.
Laptops with 8th generation Intel processors will appear in stores this fall
If you’re trying to replace your laptop with a new one, you can still pause. In the last quarter of this year, the first laptops equipped with the Intel Whiskey Lake-U and Amber Lake-Y processors will appear on the market. They will also have special CRF modules that will allow you to use 802.11ac and 160 MHz Wi-Fi networks. The theoretical speed of such a solution is 1.69 Gbit / s. However, this is the rate at the physical layer. Therefore, we must answer the basic question. How fast is the Wi-Fi offered by the new Intel processors?
The Blues did not decide on the exact speed. However, they praised the result of the comparative test. The speed of the wireless network operating in 802.11n 1×1 (150 Mbps) mode was used as a reference here. The new solution turned out to be 12 times faster. Tests carried out by me showed more than once that Wi-Fi networks operating in the 150 Mbps mode provide speeds of around 90 Mbps. It means that the 802.11ac standard is now faster than a wired Ethernet connection.