Intel announces its eighth-generation Coffee Lake desktop processors

Posted September 26, 2017

While independent benchmarks aren't yet available (check back on 5 October for our full review), Intel is confident that these enhancements make Coffee Lake its best platform yet for gaming and desktop applications - leaving aside the much more expensive "Extreme" chips, which it sees as a different market.

The 8th Intel Core i7 comes with Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and is capable of running at a maximum turbo frequency of 4.7 GHz (single-core).

Out of the six new desktop chips that Intel introduced, the flagship Core i7-8700K is the core offering clearly and this is the one that Srivastava asserted as the best processor for gaming so far. Retail pricing will, naturally, be higher in all case.

Alongside Intel's latest hexa-core processors is the launch of Intel's first ever four-core i3 processors - the 8350K and 8100.

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. Intel also released "locked" versions of the i7, i5 and i3 that don't include Turbo Boost.

The 8th-generation processors can support up to 25 percent more frames per second on resource-intensive games like Gears of War 4, compared to the 7th-generation chips, according to Intel. The 8th Generation Intel Core's unlocked "K" processors will overclock to higher levels than previous generations, said Intel. The Core i5 family never had Hyper-Threading, so that's no different, but Intel is bumping its core count to six cores, up from four. The 8700k offers slightly more TDP to work with than the chip's predecessors did.

The new generation of processors will be available beginning October 5, the company said.

The new chipset family would also enable edit 4K 360-degree videos at up to 32 per cent faster when compared with the previous generation. AMD gets a larger benefit out of SMT than Intel does, but this will be a tough fight.

The i7-8700K costs $359, up from the $305 launch price of the i7-7700K, while the i5-8600K costs $257, up from the $217 of the i5-7600K.

Intel said the new processors also offer more flexibility and customizability for overclockers, users seeking to push the speeds of their machines' central processor units to greater-than-factory settings.