Intel has finally officially revealed its range of 14nm Coffee Lake desktop CPUs, including what they tout as their "best gaming processor ever". The Coffee Lake revision of Intel's 14nm process provides up to 25% performance improvement in frame rates over their previous-gen Kaby Lake equivalents.

“We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs,” said Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel. “Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and – for gamers, in particular– offer an unbeatable experience.”

The Intel Coffee Lake family includes the first ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop CPUs thanks to the Intel Core i5-8600K and the Intel Core i5-8400. Down at the bottom, Intel has also provided its first-ever quad-core Core i3 CPUs, spearheaded by the Intel Core i3-8350K, unlocked for overclocking. Each unlocked CPU (denoted by the 'K' suffix) will also be capable of higher levels of overclocking than ever before, and per core overclocking is now possible.

We'll start at the top with the Intel Core i7-8700K. This is the CPU that Intel touts as its fastest ever gaming processor. Packing six cores and 12 threads, the i7-8700K features a Base Clock of 3.7GHz and a single core boost of up to 4.7GHz. It should be great for playing Forza Motorsport 7 then. Overclocking all cores results in a 4.3GHz Boost Clock; around 16% faster than the Base Clock. It'll set you back $359, which is around the same price as AMD's 8-core/16-thread Ryzen 7 1700X.

For those happier with lower clock speeds, you can now get a hexa-core CPU from Intel for less than $200, which is pleasing to see. The Intel Core i5-8400 may lack a little of the raw performance of the i5-8600K, but for those looking for a cheap 6-core for non-gaming applications, $182 seems like a steal.

Intel's price competition with AMD Ryzen continues right on down to the Core i3s, both of which are now quad-core. The Core i3-8350K looks like a fantastic budget buy for gamers, while the $117 Core i3-8100 means we can very realistically build a capable 1080p gaming PC for around $400-$500 with a bit of shopping around.

All in all, this is an impressive, and, more importantly, a well-priced new line-up of CPUs from Intel. We've no doubt got AMD to thank on that front. After years of waiting in the wings, they finally managed to light a fire up Intel's behind with Ryzen.

The 8th Gen Intel Coffee Lake Core CPUs will be available to buy from October 5th.


Cores (Threads) Base Clock Boost Clock GPU L3 Cache TDP Memory Support Socket  
Single Core Dual Core Quad Core Hexa Core  
Intel Core i7 8700K 6 (12) 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz UHD Graphics
12 MB 95 W DDR4-2666 LGA 1151 $359
Intel Core i7 8700 3.2 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.3 GHz 65 W $303
Intel Core i5 8600K 6 (6) 3.6 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.2 GHz 4.1 GHz 9 MB 95 W DDR4-2666 $257
Intel Core i5 8400 2.8 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.9 GHz 3.8 GHz 65 W $182
Intel Core i3 8350K 4 (4) 4.0 GHz N/A 8 MB 91 W DDR4-2400 $168
Intel Core i3 8100 3.6 GHz 6 MB 65 W $117

Original Story - Sep-06-2017: Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPUs to Launch in October 2017

Intel’s just hosted a behind-the-scenes Facebook live stream, finding some time for a cheeky tease of the release date for its 8th Gen Intel Core Coffee Lake processors. While Gregory Bryant, senior vice president, was having a chat about Intel 8th Gen CPUs, he placed down a coffee cup with the word ‘October’ emblazoned across. Hinting much?

Don’t worry, that’s not all. Another Intel employee in the background is also sipping from a cup of coffee with ‘10.2017’ written on it. Either Intel be trollin', or we’re powering towards a next-gen CPU launch next month. My money’s on the latter.

Somewhat confusingly, the 8th Gen of Intel Core processors will consist of a mixture of Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake and Cannonlake. This kind of flies in the face of the typical generations we’ve come to expect, splitting the CPUs across architectures and, in the case of Cannonlake, even process nodes. Previously, and CPUs of the same generation would same the same CPU microarchitecture and process node.

The 8th Gen Kaby Lake chips will be the domain of new mobile chips, while Coffee Lake is where we’ll find the newest crop of desktop processors. So far we know of a total six different desktop Coffee Lake CPUs, including the first ever quad-core i3’s with the Intel Core i3-8350K and the Intel Core i3-8100. Lastly there are the Cannonlake 8th Gen Intel Core CPUs, making the actual next-gen jump to the 10nm fabrication process at some point in 2018.

It’s quite difficult to gauge just where the initial Coffee Lake CPUs will fall on the performance scale, but it’s a further optimisation rather than the dramatic improvement we expect from Cannonlake. That doesn’t stop Intel claiming some people will be “seeing a 13x performance improvement”, provided they’ve got a “five-year-old PC or older” of course. Some curiously transparent spin on offer there.


Source: PCGamesN