Intel announces 8th Generation Core desktop CPU family

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The new core desktop chips will be available for pre-orders from October 5 and will be shipped towards the fourth quarter. These 14-, 16-, and 18-core processors were also designed with gamers and digital content creators in mind.

We are already familiar with the confusion the company has created regarding the naming and generation.

While Intel's 8th generation of Core processors for mobile devices, codenamed Kaby Lake Refresh, was an iterative improvement over its predecessor, its desktop counterpart will introduce something Intel hasn't done in a long time: bumping the core counts of its mainstream CPUs.

In its review of the new Intel Core i9-7980XE, PC Gamer today described the chip as "Intel's equivalent of AMD's RX Vega GPUs".

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Similarly, the mid-range Core i5 processor now touts six cores instead of four and the Core i7 models have six cores with support for hyper-threading. 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. Intel claims that gamers will gain up to 25 percent more frames per second on popular and demanding games such Gears of War 4. Intel's new coffee lake processors will use Intel's z370 chipset which offers the best in class single threaded performance and a much better multi-threaded performance. Coffee Lake also brings along official support for DDR4-2666 memory speeds, a nice bump up from the DDR4-2400 and DDR4-2133 speeds that were supported by the Z270 and Z170 chipsets, respectively. This is a six-core (12-thread) CPU with a base clock of 3.7GHz and 12MB of cache (it's also unlocked for overclocking, as the "K" denotes).

Due to some rule breaking by those who shall not be named, Intel have let loose the details on their latest Core 8th generation processors a little earlier than planned, confirming the first ever six-core i5s and four-core i3s from Intel to be on their way for an October 5th release. Each processor is supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards. As usual, along with the regular SKUs, Intel has also announced the performance aimed unlocked K processors. "Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and - for gamers, in particular- offer an unbeatable experience", said Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel. This is the highest ever on an Intel chip. The flagship 8700K comes in at $359 over last year's 7700K that cost $305.

Several of the new chips are more expensive than the parts they replace.

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