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

Sep 26, 2017, 00:44
Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake Core i3, i5 and i7 Processors Announced

Coffee Lake desktop processors, the follow up to 2016's Kaby Lake processors, launch on October 5, Intel announced today. The i5 variants: i5-8400 and i5-8600k also have six cores but lack hyper-threading. It has a TDP of 95W.

The 8th-generation processors can support up to 25 percent more frames per second on resource-intensive games like Gears of War 4, compared to the 7th-generation chips, according to Intel.

The top-of-the-line 17-8700K features six cores and 12 threads, 12MB of L3 cache, and a boost clock up to 4.7GHz.

Obviously it was in response to AMD's competitive threat, alongside the endless and unstoppable rise of ARM processors that Intel had to threaten Microsoft and Qualcomm not to further popularise with a version of Windows 10 running on it.

The 8350K will offer more than enough performance thanks to its 4GHz base clock, although how this will stack up against two more cores will be the real decider, which we will have to wait for benchmarks to confirm. This will be pitched at $182 (£135, AU$230).

The CPU is based on the LGA 1151 socket so there is little difference between the appearance of the Intel Core i7-8700K and the 7700K. Good news for gamers, and seemingly out of necessity, Intel have confirmed only small increases to pricing on their unlocked K-series i5 and i7 chips of $14 and $9, respectively.

While Coffee Lake is unlikely to offer a significant IPC improvement over Kaby Lake, that there are finally mainstream Intel processors with more than four cores is welcome. 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.

This new 8 Gen family line-up introduces the world's first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor. All 8th-generation chips get onboard support for 4K video and Intel is touting improved gaming and video processing as big wins.

Intel Announces Xeon Series W Processors With 18 core Xeon W-2195 - 08/30/2017 08:07 AMAimed at workstations Intel will release Xeon-W processors, with a line-up you might find familiar.

Coffee Lake's extra cores and more advanced overclocking capabilities come with one catch: the chips require an updated power delivery system, and that means it can't be used with existing motherboards.

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