Intel officially announces 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors

Pablo Tucker
September 25, 2017

That's because the new generation of Coffee Lake chips include its first ever 6-core i5 processor, along with its first four-core i3 processor.

The Core i7-8700K has base and boost speeds of 3.7GHz and 4.7GHz respectively, and the Core i7-8700 runs at 3.2Ghz to 4.6Ghz. But if you want to get past the 5GHz ceiling, you're going to need better cooling - and you'll need to delid the processor as well.

The latter is the Core i7-8700K which is capable of turbo boosting to 4.7GHz out of the box (via Turbo Boost 2.0). Intel has confirmed that previous-gen CPUs will not work with the new chipset.

More on Intel's Core i9 Extreme processors here, which are sure to be X-tremely X-pensive as was the case with Intel's range of "extreme" class processors from years past.

Finally, the unlocked processors now offer per-core frequency settings.

So, what can you do with all of these cores? The architecture of the CPU and GPU did not change compared to Kaby Lake.

As for the new Core i7 chips, they also pack six cores and the new Turbo Boosting tech, along with something called HyperThreading technology, which helps to ensure that processor resources are used more efficiently.

The new, more powerful chips are supported by the introduction of a new series of Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards, which help by providing more efficient power delivery.

In any case, Intel proudly boasts that "while the entire Intel Core X-series processor family delivers on the promise of rich, immersive experiences that require significant compute power, the Extreme Edition brings a new level of power to content creators, enabling extreme mega-tasking, a platform for editing and rendering high-resolution 4K and VR video, and a full studio on your PC".

Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel says: "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". Finally, the rest of the eight-generation processor family will appear in the first half of 2018. Also, the upcoming Cannonlake 10nm chips would come under the 8th Gen family. The move to 10nm was originally planned for 2016 under the company's old "tick-tock" timetable, but engineering challenges have seen the shrink repeatedly deferred.

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