Intel Officially Launches Their Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

Intel Officially Launches Their Desktop Coffee Lake CPUs

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First the leaks, then the benchmarks, and now the official reveal. Intel has officially lifted the lid on the specs on their 8th generation of CPUs, dubbed Coffee Lake.

There will be six desktop 8th generation Intel CPUs available internationally from October 5, with two CPUs each in the i3, i5 and i7 range. The biggest change is the ditching of the dual-core CPU at the bottom end, with the new i3-8100 CPU sporting 4 cores/4 threads.

Similarly, Intel’s top gaming CPU offering has more cores and threads as well. In part as a response to AMD’s Ryzen offerings, the i7-8700K will ship with 6 cores/12 threads, a base frequency of 3.8GHz and a boost frequency of 4.7GHz. (The Ryzen 5 1600X, by comparison, has base and boost frequencies of 3.6GHz/4.0GHz respectively.)

Here’s a full list of the new offerings:

Intel 8th Generation Desktop CPUs
CPU Cores Base Frequency Boost Frequency Power
i7-8700K 6c/12t 3.8GHz 4.7GHz 95W
i7-8700 6c/12t 3.2GHz 4.6GHz 65W
i5-8600K 6c/6c 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 95W
i5-8600 6c/6c 2.8GHz 4.0GHz 65W
i3-8350K 4c/4c 4.0GHZ N/A 91W
i3-8100 4c/4c 3.6GHz N/A 61W

We don’t have local pricing for the CPUs yet, but we’ll keep you posted as those become available. As for the CPUs that Coffee Lake is replacing, a Kaby Lake i7-7700K – the predecessor to the i7-8700K – will set you back around $450 locally. The i5-7600K sells for around the $300 mark, while the low end i3-7100 is available from $140.

For a basic idea of how at least one of the Coffee Lake CPUs perform (in synthetic benchmarks, anyway) so far, tech blogger Karl Morin got his hands on one below.

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    • It depends if the game is GPU- or CPU-choked. FPS isn’t the only measure of course, CPU power allows more computationally expensive logic to run each game tick. Generally speaking, clock speed makes a moderate difference, but it’s a lot more significant on CPU-heavy games – mostly anything with a lot of world entities to keep track of or complex simulation (eg. Kerbal Space Program, modded Minecraft, games with heavy vehicle or pedestrian traffic, Cities Skylines to a lesser extent).

  • All looks good on paper – slightly worried Intel may have rushed this gen out the door as a response AMD Ryzen. In reality they’ve probable had Coffee lined up ready to go for the last couple of years waiting for AMD to do something worth competing with.

  • Almost 1GHz of boost frequency is pretty crazy, it’ll be interesting to see the proper full-fledged benchmarks when they hit.

  • Gremlins have just moved into my 1150 motherboard, so looks like out with the 4790k, in with a 8700k. Shame, the 4790k is still going strong, but if I’m spending time and money on a MB swap, I may as well do an upgrade.

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