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|
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.