Intel announces 8th Generation Core desktop CPU family

Intel targets high-end gamers with 8th-generation desktop chips coming Oct. 5

Intel Announces 8th Generation Core i7, i5, And i3 Processors For Desktops

In addition, we're told that "with Intel Core X-series Extreme Edition processors, content creators can expect up to 80% better performance for VR content creation and up to 60% faster 4K video editing over the previous generation's Extreme Edition". The new Core i7 models have six cores, with Hyper-Threading allowing them to handle up to 12 threads at once, while the new Core i5 chips also have six cores but no Hyper-Threading.

While the top-end CPU Core i7-8700K, according to the manufacturer, is the best processor, whose frequency reaches 4.7 GHz in single core turbo mode. Their 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processor is dedicated to delivering tremendous improvements across the board and also the gamers will get the best experience from the latest chipsets. The assumption has been that the power requirements for Coffee Lake prevent Z370 motherboards from working with Kaby Lake CPUs, but behind the scenes, there is chatter that it is an arbitrary restriction that Intel is enforcing by way of the BIOS.

Also two six-core processors, both without hyperthreading, will occupy the i5 lineup. The most premium member of the 8th gen family, the Core i7-8700K, will run you $359.

Make sure you are getting the best out of your new processor with the best SSD for gaming. Also, the upcoming Cannonlake 10nm chips would come under the 8th Gen family. The U-series processors, launched in August, were targeted for mobile devices, while its processors targeted for commercial systems and a broad range of consumer devices will be launched in the first half of 2018. We have up to 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes on X370, and DDR4 RAM support up to 2666MHz. The new processors will support Intel Optane, the memory acceleration technology that Intel began rolling out in 2016.

The fastest chip of the lot, Core i7-8700 will offer a 25% increase framerate versus its 7th generation predecessor, i7-7700K which is a 4-core, 8-thread chip.

Intel will begin taking orders for the mainstream Core chips on 5 October and are to ship later in the fourth quarter, while the i9 is shipping to partners immediately, the company said on Sunday night. Intel repeated over and over throughout its presentation that Coffee Lake retains Kaby Lake's architectural levels, notes wccftech.

Despite using the same LGA 1151 socket, Z370 isn't compatible with older CPUs.

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