Intel 8th gen (Coffee Lake) Core processors unveiled

Bill Rogers
September 26, 2017

In an announcement made yesterday, Intel talked about their 8th Gen Core processors based on what we know as the Coffee Lake architecture.

We are already familiar with the confusion the company has created regarding the naming and generation.

The new family of 8 Gen Intel Core desktop processors is built for gamers and content creators and those who need high performing standards, Intel said. Intel touts its new 6-core/12-thread Core i7-8700K as the best gaming chip ever. It can generate 4.7 GHz of single-core turbo frequency which the highest among all previous chipsets of Intel. The Core i7-8700K can reach a frequency of 4.7GHz.

According to Intel, 8th-gen Core CPUs allow for up to 25 percent better framerates on graphically rich games such as Gears of War 4 compared to 7th-gen core CPUs.

Alongside these CPU improvements, the GPU has also been tweaked: the new UHD Graphics 630 component uses the same basic silicon as Kaby Lake, but clock speeds are higher, and there's also now hardware support for 4K HDR video. This is a six-core (12-thread) CPU with a base clock of 3.7GHz and 12MB of cache (it's also unlocked for overclocking, as the "K" denotes).

Intel has launched its new family of 8th Gen (Coffee Lake) Core desktop processors.

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"Our 8thGen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and - for gamers, in particular- offer an unbeatable experience", stated Anand Srivatsa, general manager of Intel's Desktop Platform Group. O the three variants, the Core i5 and i7 will both have six cores, whereas the i3 will have four cores.

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.

The 8th-gen Intel Core CPUs go on sale starting October 5. Intel has priced this chip at $257 (£190, AU$325).

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.

Intel has locked people out from using 100-series and 200-series with 8th generation Core processors, and 7th Generation Core processors from working on 300-series motherboards, but it seems that they aren't going to do that for people going 14nm 8th Generation to 10nm 8th Generation processors.

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