Intel Officially Unveils 8th Generation Desktop Processor Lineup

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

Intel officially announces 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

Intel hopes that its 8th generation CPUs will be the answer to AMD's competition call when it launches on October 5, 2017.

Other members of the 8th Gen Core i desktop family, which are built on Intel's 14-nanometer++ Coffee Lake architecture, include its first six-core, six-thread Core i5 and four-core, four-thread Core i3 desktop processors.

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.

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. Retail pricing will, naturally, be higher in all case.

4K has been a focus of the new processors, with Coffee Lake aiming to make both editing and streaming the high-resolution incredibly easy. Core i7 model comes up 12 MB of cache whereas Core i5 and Core i3 variants come with 9MB and 6MB variants respectively. The exception is the Core i3-8350K SKU, which now has the 91W TDP, which is significant push compared to the Core i3-7350K which was at 65W.

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). Intel claims that gamers will gain up to 25 percent more frames per second on popular and demanding games such Gears of War 4. This could be attributed to Intel's push on greater overclocking within the chip, including per core overclocking, max memory ratio being pushed up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time latency control as well as Intel's proprietary Extreme Tuning Utility and Memory Profile.

At the Coffee Lake launch, Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Intel's Desktop Platform Group, confirmed that the low-end Celeron and Pentium families are next in line for a revamp, with new products planned for later this year. Moving down a little we see Core i5 8600K and Core i5 8400, now also with 6 cores but no hyperthreading as you'd normally expect with Core i5s.

All the chips use the LGA 1151 socket and the new Intel Z370 chipset and support Optane, Intel's memory acceleration technology. In addition, some observers have suggested that rival AMD has been struggling to win over gamers with its rival Ryzen chips, which have otherwise helped it take market share from Intel. Manufacturers are expected to offer more than 50 new motherboard and system designs created especially for those chips.

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