After releasing the 7th generation, or Kaby Lake, Core processors unto the world late last year, the Santa Clara chipmaker tweeted that its 8th generation chips would harbor performance 15% better than their predecessors. Since then, the Intel Coffee Lake architecture was officially revealed on September 25 and, with it, an entire lineup of CPUs and motherboards.
Contrary to the company’s initial promises, however, Intel is now saying that its flagship 8th-generation Coffee Lake processor is a whopping 45% faster than its Kaby Lake equivalent, perhaps justifying the move to the Z370 chipset and, likewise, the necessity to buy a new motherboard.
Unsurprisingly, this range includes two processors in each of the the Core i3, i5 and i7 categories.
Since then, the Santa Clara chipmaker came out and teased an August 21 livestream reveal of its 8th-generation processors, which turned out to be a refresh of its 7th-generation processors for Ultrabooks and laptops, called Kaby Lake R.
Finally, it was announced in late September that the Intel Coffee Lake processors would touch down on October 5, 2017 although stocks will be low at first.
As far as specs go, we don’t have to rely on leaks or rumors any longer. That’s because Intel has provided us with fully detailed spec sheets for each of its 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors. Although all of the 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips are manufactured on the 14nm node, Intel has proven that there’s still plenty of life in the process yet.
Again, starting from the ground up, the Intel Core i3 chips this time boast four cores each. What’s more, whereas the Intel Core i3-8100 takes advantage of four cores and four threads running at 3.6GHz, the unlocked Core i3-8350K totes the same number of cores and threads, but instead opts for a base frequency of 4GHz.
As for the Core i5 range, the plain Intel Core i5-8400 is a hexa-core monster, bearing six cores and six threads. Moreover, its base clock is 2.8GHz, and it operates at 4GHz with Turbo Boost. Meanwhile the Core i5-8600K also squeezes six cores and six threads into the 14nm chip while brandishing base/boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.3GHz, respectively.
Last, but not least, on the list are the Intel Core i7-8700 and i7-8700K. The former is yet another six-core demon, albeit with double the number of threads as the i5-8600K. Its overclockable analogue, the Intel Core i7-8700K, could pose a threat to AMD, sporting six cores, 12 threads and base/boost clock speeds of 3.7GHz/4.7GHz.
We have a couple of systems to start off with: