Intel's upcoming 8th generation desktop platforms have taken the internet by storm and there's nothing that can stop them. In reaction to the leaks, online retailers have started listing the CPUs (Coffee Lake) up for pre-order along with engineering samples that are available on several China based retail sites.
Intel Coffee Lake Pre-Orders Pop Up at Online Retail Stores - Core i7-8700K, Core i5-8600K and Core i3-8350K Included In The Listings
There are a plethora of online retail sites that have listed the Intel 8th gen desktop processors codenamed Coffee Lake. Of course, I won't be mentioning prices as they vary from retailer to retailer and are not indicative of the final MSRPs which would be much lower. Regardless, you might want to check out the following package names to find if your nearest retailers has the Coffee Lake desktop chips listed for pre-order.
- INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I7-8700K PROCESSOR [BX80684I78700K]
- INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I7-8700 PROCESSOR [BX80684I78700]
- INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I5-8600K PROCESSOR [BX80684I58600K]
- INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I5-8400 PROCESSOR [BX80684I58400]
- INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I3-8350K PROCESSOR [BX80684I38350K]
- INTEL BOXED 8TH GEN INTEL I3-8100 PROCESSOR [BX80684I38100]
There are obviously more details coming in the coming weeks. We can expect more Z370 boards, Coffee Lake processor benchmarks and a look at the architecture itself before reviews are live in early October. We will have a review of the Coffee Lake desktop processors at launch, but till then, you can check out some of the early leaked benchmarks of the Core i7-8700K and Core i3-8350K in the respective links.
Note - Final clocks are still not determined, the clock frequencies mentioned below are directly from Intel slides, however, pre-orders reveal different clock speeds so take them with a pinch of salt.
Intel Core i7-8700K – The Coffee Lake Flagship With 6 Cores and 4.3 GHz Boost Across All Cores
The Intel Core i7-8700K will be the flagship processor of the lineup. It will feature 6 cores and 12 threads. The chip will be compatible with the LGA 1151 socket and rumors are that board makers will extend support of Coffee Lake onto 200-series and even 100-series platforms. The chip will be Intel’s first hexa core product and will be based on the 14nm process node.
In terms of clock speeds, we are looking at a 3.7 GHz base frequency which boosts up to 4.3 GHz (6 core), 4.4 GHz (4 core), 4.5 GHz (2 core) and 4.7 GHz (1 core). These clocks are really impressive so we can expect much faster gaming performance on Coffee Lake parts than the current generation of CPUs. The chip is fully unlocked allowing for overclocking and comes with a TDP of 95W. There’s 12 MB of L3 cache on board along with a GT2 tier iGPU. The chip supports DDR4-2666 MHz memory (native) and up to 4400 MHz+ (OC). We can expect the Core i7-8700K to cost around $349 US when it launches in Q3 2017.
Intel Core i5-8600K – The Gamer Aimed Hexa Core With Overclocking Capability and 4.4 GHz Boost
The Intel Core i5-8600K is the second unlocked chip in the lineup and features a hexa core design. We have learned that the Intel Core i5 series will stick with 6 cores but they will not feature a multi-threaded design. The chip probably features 9 MB of L3 cache while being supported on the LGA 1151 socket.
In terms of clock speeds, we are looking at 3.5 GHz base, 4.2 GHz (6 core), 4.2 GHz (4 core), 4.2 GHz (2 core) and 4.4 GHz (1 core) boost clocks. The chip will feature a TDP of 95W and we can expect a price range of around $249 US which will make it a pretty good option for gamers that want some extra cores in their hands.
Intel Core i3-8350K – A Quad Core i3 Processor With 4 GHz Clock Speed
The Intel Core i3-8350K might be the only Core i3 chip in the 8th Gen family that enables overclocking support. Intel’s 8th Gen Core i3 family is also the first to feature 4 cores which will be a great deal for budget builders. The Intel Core i3-8350K comes with 4 cores and 4 threads that are clocked at 4.0 GHz. The chip features 8 MB of cache and will feature a TDP of 95W.
There’s also the Intel Core i3-8100 which is a 4 core, non-multi threaded SKU. This chip has a lower TDP of 65W and features a clock speed of 3.6 GHz. There’s a total of 6 MB of L3 cache on the processor itself which confirms the exclusion of multi-threading. The Intel Core i3 chips will not feature boost clocks but they will have a more stable base clock speed and we can expect prices of the chips to be in the sub-$200 US range.
Intel Pentium G4660, Pentium G4700 and Pentium G4720 With 2 Cores, 4 Threads and Upto 3.9 GHz Clock Speeds Also Detailed - Under $100 US
The Intel Coffee Lake family will also feature at least three Pentium series SKUs that include the Pentium G4660, Pentium G4700 and the Pentium G4720. These chips will feature 2 cores and 4 threads with clock speeds rated up to 3.90 GHz. There will also be 4 MB of L3 cache on board the chips and prices will be adjusted around the $100 US bracket. Rest of the processors that will be featured in the family are listed below.
Intel Coffee Lake 8th Gen Desktop Core Lineup:
|CPU Name||Intel Core i3-8100||Intel Core i3-8350K||Intel Core i5-8400||Intel Core i5-8600K||Intel Core i7-8700||Intel Core i7-8700K||Intel Core i7-8086K|
|CPU Family||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S||Coffee Lake-S|
|Base Clock||3.60 GHz||4.00 GHz||2.80 GHz||3.60 GHz||3.20 GHz||3.70 GHz||4.00 GHz|
|Boost Clock (Max)||N/A||N/A||4.00 GHz||4.30 GHz||4.60 GHz||4.70 GHz||5.00 GHz|
|Boost Clock (6 Core)||N/A||N/A||3.50 GHz||4.40 GHz||4.20 GHz||4.30 GHz||4.30 GHz|
|L2 Cache||1 MB (256 KB per Core)||1 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)||1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)|
|L3 Cache||6 MB||6 MB||9 MB||9 MB||12 MB||12 MB||12 MB|
|Socket Support||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|
|Price||$117 US||$168 US||$182 US||$257 US||$303 US||$359 US||$429 US|