Intel Corporation (INTC) 8th-Gen Core CPUs Fighting for Desktop Supremacy

Intel Corporation (INTC) 8th-Gen Core CPUs Fighting for Desktop Supremacy

Intel Corporation (INTC) 8th-Gen Core CPUs Fighting for Desktop Supremacy

Intel's newest family of processors includes the first 6-core i5 desktop processor and first 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor.

After announcing a couple of 8th-generation processors for laptops, Intel has now announced its new family of 8th-Gen Intel Core desktop processors. Finally, the Core i7 series gets a bump from its 4 core, 8 thread roots with the all new Core i7-8700 and Core i7-8700K.

The chip has a base rate of 3.7GHz and can reach 4.7 GHz maximum single-core frequency using Intel's Turbo Boost technology. Retail pricing will, naturally, be higher in all case.

The 8th-gen Intel Core CPUs go on sale starting October 5. It's followed by the Core i3-8100 which lowers the base clock to 3.6GHz and TDP to 65W (there's no boost with these chips). Today, Intel announces its much-anticipated 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors.

As well as the Core i5 stepping things up to six-cores (from quad-core), there's been movement with the entry-level Core i3 CPUs which are now quad-core (as opposed to their predecessors which were dual-core). If you do have the 7th-gen Core i7 chip and want an upgrade, it won't be a simple chip swap.

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The flagship Core i7-8700K CPU, which has its sights set firmly on AMD's top-end Ryzen chips, will offer gamers are 25 per cent improvement in performance over Kaby Lake, according to Intel which used a direct comparison of the Core i7-8700K versus i7-7700K in Gears of War. This could be attributed to Intel's push on greater overclocking within the chip, including per core overclocking, max memory ratio being pushed up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time latency control as well as Intel's proprietary Extreme Tuning Utility and Memory Profile.

August also brought the disappointing news that Coffee Lake chips will not be compatible with 200-series motherboards. The newest edition is 32% faster at video editing compared to previous processors and 65% quicker at editing content.

Intel have managed to keep increases to the TDP of Coffee Lake processors to a minimum despite the increase in core counts across the board. The prices of these CPUs are also higher as compared to the previous generation so expect to pay around $400 for the Intel Core i7-8700K.

The Core i5-8600K is a six-thread chip with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz, while the Core i5-8400 has a base clock speed of 2.8GHz. Stay tuned for a benchmark roundup right here on Tom's Guide, as well as more granular tests from our friends at Tom's Hardware and Anandtech.

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