Intel gives 8th-gen processors details & release date

by Lawrence Cooper September 26, 2017, 0:45
Intel gives 8th-gen processors details & release date

While there's a case to argue that Intel is purposefully withholding the 8th-gen processors from working on previous chipsets, the new Z370 chipset specifies improved power delivery compared to predecessors to account for the multiple core increases across the range.

After announcing a couple of 8th-generation processors for laptops, Intel has now announced its new family of 8th-Gen Intel Core desktop processors.

The flagship of the 'Coffee Lake' lineup, the Core i7-8700K, offers a 25 percent boost in frames-per-second while running demanding games such as Microsoft's Gears of War 4, when compared to the 7th-generation Core i7-7700K, with 4 cores and 8 threads.

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Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake Core i3, i5 and i7 Processors Announced

In addition, we're told that "with Intel Core X-series Extreme Edition processors, content creators can expect up to 80% better performance for VR content creation and up to 60% faster 4K video editing over the previous generation's Extreme Edition". The line offers a whole lot of cores, with the i5 processor powered by six cores and the i3 by four, both firsts for Intel's desktop range. Retail pricing will, naturally, be higher in all case.

The new Intel processors are coming! Put simply, Coffee Lake is a superior version of Kaby Lake built on the latest 14nm++ process node. Core i7 model comes up 12 MB of cache whereas Core i5 and Core i3 variants come with 9MB and 6MB variants respectively.

Like always, the K-designated parts will ship with higher stock clock speeds than their cheaper counterparts and also come with unlocked multipliers, allowing for easy overclocking. 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. 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. We now can confirm that the future Cannon Lake CPUs will be supported on all 300-series motherboards, including Z370. It also features support for DDR4-2666 memory, Thunderbolt 3, and Intel's Optane system acceleration tech. 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. AMD gets a larger benefit out of SMT than Intel does, but this will be a tough fight. The most premium member of the 8th gen family, the Core i7-8700K, will run you $359.


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