Intel Unleashes The 8th Generation Core Desktop Processors

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

Intel says "this final piece of the puzzle rounds out the availability of the Intel Core X-series processor family, providing content creators and enthusiasts with the much-anticipated Extreme Edition, the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced".

Just a month after Intel launched its 8th gen Core i5/i7 mobile processors, the company announced yesterday its 8th Gen Core Desktop processors, to be available for purchase starting October 5th.

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. The Core i3 chips, which offer base clock speeds up to 4GHz, will start at $117, while pricing for the Core i5 CPU will start at $182.

Intel has resisted dropping the price on its CPUs, but it's fighting back in another way-by adding more cores to existing parts. It's followed by the Core i3-8100 which lowers the base clock to 3.6GHz and TDP to 65W (there's no boost with these chips).

4K has been a focus of the new processors, with Coffee Lake aiming to make both editing and streaming the high-resolution incredibly easy. There are a pair of i3, i5, and i7 processors, one of each is a "K" suffixed' unlocked processor. The Core i3 is bumped from a 2C/4T configuration (two cores, four threads) to a quad-core without Hyper-Threading.

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 new CPUs, codenamed "Coffee Lake", will allow you to edit 4K videos up to 32 percent faster. 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. The chip is part of Intel's K-series 8th Gen Core chips and with Intel's Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 it is unlocked for overclocking.

Intel's Coffee Lake desktop CPUs will launch in a little over a week, offering substantially higher performance than the iterative improvements we've seen since Sandy Bridge. The 8700k offers slightly more TDP to work with than the chip's predecessors did.

The Z270 chipset in the previous generation used 2400-MHz DDR4 DRAM.

The bad side of the story is the higher launch price tag, which has been increased by around 20 percent compared to the 7th generation CPUs, with Core i7-8700K going for U.S. $359 while the Core i7-7700K was launched at USA $305.

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