Intel Announces Coffee Lake, Its 8th-Gen Core Desktop Chips

Final Intel Coffee Lake Specs & Pricing i7-8700K 8700 i5-8600K i3-8350K More

Intel on Monday lifted the curtain on its new eighth-generation Core processors, targeted for desktop gamers, content creators and "overclockers who require premium performance".

The chip maker has announced that its lineup of eight-generation Core desktop processors will be available from October 5. The flagship model i7 will be the unlocked 8700K, with a 3.7GHz base clock, and 4.7GHz Turbo Boost 2.0 clock. Retail pricing will, naturally, be higher in all case. It is believed that 8-core CPUs may be arriving with the new design, but no word is available on compatibility with Z370 boards.

Intel has locked people out from using 100-series and 200-series with 8th generation Core processors, and 7th Generation Core processors from working on 300-series motherboards, but it seems that they aren't going to do that for people going 14nm 8th Generation to 10nm 8th Generation processors. Those processors range from the $242 i5-7640S to the $1,999 i9-7980XE. The exception is the Core i3-8350K SKU, which now has the 91W TDP, which is significant push compared to the Core i3-7350K which was at 65W.

The fastest chip of the lot, Core i7-8700 will offer a 25% increase framerate versus its 7th generation predecessor, i7-7700K which is a 4-core, 8-thread chip.

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As for the new Core i7 chips, they also pack six cores and the new Turbo Boosting tech, along with something called HyperThreading technology, which helps to ensure that processor resources are used more efficiently.

The new products of the Q3'2017 also include "K" series of the same range of processors that are supported on the Z370 chipset-based motherboards.

In addition, the processors have received 32 percent more high speed video editing and 65 percent accelerated content editing. This will introduce a better power delivery system for the new CPUs; native support for 2666 MHz DDR4 RAM and Thunderbolt 3 is also on board. This is a six-core (12-thread) CPU with a base clock of 3.7GHz and 12MB of cache (it's also unlocked for overclocking, as the "K" denotes). Intel is keen to stress how good its processors are at gaming, attacking one of the criticisms levelled at AMD's Ryzen processors. Intel will release its eighth-gen Coffee Lake CPU on October 5. The price for the low-end Core-i3 starts from $117, and the higher-end Core i7-8700K is priced at $359. Stay tuned for a benchmark roundup right here on Tom's Guide, as well as more granular tests from our friends at Tom's Hardware and Anandtech.

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