Intel officially announces 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

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

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

The Intel 8th Gen Core desktop processor family will be available beginning October 5, 2017. The flagship i7-8700k is clocked at 3.7GHz with turbo boost to 4.7GHz and the i7-8700 is clocked at 3.2GHz with turbo boost to 4.6GHz. The new Coffee Lake chips (8thGen), according to Intel, offers better gaming performance with up to 25 percent more frame frames per second when compared to 7th-Gen.

The new Intel Core i7 desktop processor is made keeping modern video game requirements in mind.

In what Intel and the retailing industry presumably hopes is a great sign just in time for the retail sales end-of-year Christmas gift-giving and shopping bonanza, Intel says "retailers now can offer the entire Intel Core X-series processor family".

No, when you have double digit cores in your processor, you're talking about delivering "extreme performance", and in the face of a resurgent AMD, Intel has been forced to double down and pull out all the stops it presumably was holding back over the past few years.

Combined with the CPU and Z370 chipset you get up to 40 pci-e 3.0 lanes and ddr4-2666 memory support, the proc has x16 available for graphics.

The latter is the Core i7-8700K which is capable of turbo boosting to 4.7GHz out of the box (via Turbo Boost 2.0).

To help keep those cores fed with instructions and data, the new chips also have more cache than the old Kaby Lake models. It's followed by the Core i3-8100 which lowers the base clock to 3.6GHz and TDP to 65W (there's no boost with these chips). Core i7 models have 12MB of cache, while Core i5 models have 9MB and Core i3 models have 6MB. Edit 4K 360-degree videos easily - up to 32 percent faster compared with the previous generation - plus, edit content up to 65 percent faster compared with a 3-year-old PC. The Coffee Lake chips are still manufactured via the 14-nanometer process that predecessor chips such as Kaby Lake, Skylake and Broadwell were built on. Intel has also included hardware support for 4K HDR content, per-core overclocking, and so much more. However, Z370 chipset uses the 2666-MHz DDR4 DRAM. "Our 8 Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and - for gamers, in particular- offer an unbeatable experience".

For Mac only fans, Intel is saying that new general goal 8th gen processors will be coming to market in the first half of 2018, and that might translate to new iMacs sporting the new processors should Apple decide to take advantage of them.

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