Intel 8th-Gen Core processors launched

Angelica Greene
September 26, 2017

Even the lowly Core i3 gets a boost, stepping up to four physical cores for the first time.

It's worth noting that across the board, the 8th-generation of processors is mostly higher than that of previous generations.

It seems that Intel is trying to steal some of Ryzen's thunder with the desktop Coffee Lake parts.

Intel has expanded all of the Coffee Lake desktop chips' core counts, offering a 25 percent boost to FPS and 45 percent better multitasking performance compared to their 7 gen CPU counterparts.

Stung by AMD's devising of a CPU "up-ryzen", Intel went all out doing something totally new earlier this year - creating its most extreme processors yet while introducing a new member of its Core family, the new Core i9 X-Series. Six processors have been confirmed for release on Thursday 5 October: two new Core i7 chips, two Core i5 models and two low-priced Core i3 CPUs, each in both regular and unlocked "K" variants.

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The new eighth-gen desktop chips will begin to arrive on October 5th with the Intel Core i7-8700K and will carry a price tag of $359. Intel has also upgraded version its Core i5 family with 6-core parts. There is a raise in base frequency to 1.9GHz and turbo boost frequency from 3.6GHz to 4.2GHz. Traditionally a 4-core, 4-thread series, the Core i5 line is seeing a bump that brings all products up to 6 cores and 6 threads with the new Core i5-8400 and Core i5-8600K. While the difference might not be huge when comparing games like The Division, it still has the upper hand and we can see the additional performance that 2 more cores can provide as compared to 4 on the 7700K. All this is possible due to the Intel Turbo Boost Technology which makes the Core i7-8700K a powerhouse of speed and performance for both single and multithread applications. It based on 14nm architecture therefore performance would be good.

The new Intel processors are coming!

Intel is also promising better overclocking from the unlocked 8th-gen CPUs which will offer per-core overclocking and other goodies including real-time memory latency control and extended PLL trim controls.

The latest editions of Intel's desktop processors will be available from October 5 2017. The new CPUs will require Intel's Z370 chipset-based motherboards, so they're not at all compatible with whatever model you have right now.

Elsewhere, Intel have increased memory speed support on their i5 and i7 desktop processors, with DDR4-2666 now supported. i3's will continue to support 2400Mhz memory.

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