Intel forced to announce Coffee Lake specs - pricing and launch date confirmed

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Intel targets high-end gamers with 8th-generation desktop chips coming Oct. 5

The new eighth-generation chips are designed for the average consumer, though, so users looking for the absolutely highest performance level on desktop at any cost may want to still consider Intel's Core X family of ultra-powerful processors.

After unveiling the first batch of 8th Generation Core "Coffee Lake" processors last month for notebooks, Intel today launched its latest series of processors for desktops.

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. Retail pricing will, naturally, be higher in all case. This major update is thanks to AMD's Ryzen processors which have attracted many with its high core count and low price tags, something Intel quickly needed to respond to. While the Core i3 line has always featured dual-core CPUs, the 8th generation sees the debut of the new 4-core parts, the Core i3-8100 and Core i3-8350K. INTC stock has been on a roller coaster this year, but the new 8th-gen Intel Core CPUs could be the ticket to growth. The core i7 models comes with 12MB of cache, i5 with 9MB and i3 with 6MB. And for the first time, buyers of the budget-priced Core i3 chips get four cores instead of two. Here we have the gaming benchmarks between the Intel Core i7-8700K, 7700K and the 7800X. The i5 variants: i5-8400 and i5-8600k also have six cores but lack hyper-threading.

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 chipsets offer enhanced performance for video editing as well and can handle 4K 360-degree videos easily and up to 32 percent faster compared with the previous generation plus, editing content is now up to 65 percent faster compared with a 3-year-old PC.

As expected, Intel's new CPUs will require a new chipset (Z370) and thus new motherboards. Coffee Lake also brings along official support for DDR4-2666 memory speeds, a nice bump up from the DDR4-2400 and DDR4-2133 speeds that were supported by the Z270 and Z170 chipsets, respectively. The most premium member of the 8th gen family, the Core i7-8700K, will run you $359. The new chips open "the door for a new level of faster, easier and more immersive experiences", the U.S. firm said in a statement released on Sunday.

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