Intel Coffee Lake Processor - Arrives in desktops October 5th

by Lawrence Cooper September 26, 2017, 0:43
Intel Coffee Lake Processor - Arrives in desktops October 5th

The new Core i5 series also comes with Intel's new Turbo Boosting 2.0 technology, which accelerates processor and graphics performance for peak loads, automatically allowing processor cores to run faster than the rated operating frequency if they're operating below power, current and temperature specification limits. The company claims that the new line-up is ideal for gamers and content creators.

We are already familiar with the confusion the company has created regarding the naming and generation.

Like previous generations, the new chips range from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7, with the higher number of cores providing increased performance.

While the top-end CPU Core i7-8700K, according to the manufacturer, is the best processor, whose frequency reaches 4.7 GHz in single core turbo mode. Intel says that its X-series chips are good for "megatasking" applications such as gaming, streaming and encoding videos simultaneously, but the Core i7-8700K is now better for just gaming.

Although based on the same 14nm manufacturing process and pretty much the same design as the Kaby Lake architecture, improvements in the process allowed Intel to get higher performance at almost the same TDP.

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. 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.

The Core i5-8600K is a six-thread chip with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, while the Core i5-8400 has a base clock speed of 2.8GHz. Ars will have a review soon, but for now read the Core i9-7960X review, which pits Intel's 16-core chip against AMD's 16-core Threadripper.

Other than that, they have also said that the new processors will be able to edit and render 4K 360-degrees videos up to 32 percent faster compared to previous generations and 65 percent faster compared to a 3-year old PC. Though, it was not mentioned by the Intel executives about the new chips as a part of the family of "Coffee Lake". Pricing ranges from $117 for the Core i3 up to $359 for the high-end Core i7-8700K. We have AMD back in action and Intel responding with better updates. 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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