Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation Core Family Officially Announced, Launching on 21st August – Core i7 8700K, Core i5 8600K, Core i3 8350K CPUs Detailed

Hassan Mujtaba

Without saying much at all, Intel has officially announced their 8th Gen Core Family which will be known as Coffee Lake. The latest processors in Intel's mainstream family will be launched on 21st August.

Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation Core Family Officially Announced - Entire Mainstream Lineup Debuts on 21st August

The launch comes just a day after Intel had announced the full specifications and launch dates of their high-end desktop focused Core-X series processors. According to the announcement, Intel is going to debut their 8th Gen Core family on 21st August in a Facebook livestream which everyone can tune into at 8 AM (PDT). Following is the press release straight from Intel:

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On Aug. 21, Intel will unveil the 8th Generation Intel Core processor family on Facebook Live. Watch as two exciting moments align: the Great American Solar Eclipse and the unveiling of Intel’s most powerful family of processors for the next era of computing. Hear from those who are at the center of creating this technology and from creators who are using the power of 8th Gen Intel Core technology in new and exciting ways.

Eight Reasons to Tune In

  1. Don’t be caught in the dark. Learn how the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family will offer blazing fast performance.
  2. Hear directly from Gregory Bryant, senior vice president of the Client Computing Group at Intel, and others about the details on the latest processor family and what it can help you do.
  3. Discover how immersive experiences will bring you from spectator to participant with 8th Gen Intel Core processor capabilities.
  4. Don’t just take our word for it. See the power of 8th Gen Intel Core technology come to life in the hands of a VR creator and imaging technologist.
  5. Get a sneak peek at some of the amazing system designs based on 8th Gen Intel Core processors.
  6. Start planning for what new 8th Gen Intel Core processor-based device to purchase in the holiday season and even before.
  7. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the solar eclipse. Tune in before it descends upon Oregon and the West Coast and then makes its way across the U.S.
  8. See how the 8th Gen Intel Core processor is designed for today and what comes next.

When: 8 a.m. PDT, Aug. 21, 2017

Watch the Live Stream: Tune in live on Intel’s Facebook page or the Intel newsroom

There isn't much to talk about aside from two interesting things. First, Intel is going to make this launch a public focused event. They want consumers to see what their 8th Gen family has in store for them and how they offer better performance compared to last generation processors.

Intel has also started to showcase several demos of the 8th Gen processors and various system designs so we are not only looking at a CPU launch, but we can also expect new OEM notebooks, desktops and various other devices on stage. Lastly, Intel tells us to "See how the 8th Gen Intel Core processor is designed for today and what comes next". This could probably be a hint at the future roadmap from Intel to show a proper product plan to the audience to clear what Intel is going to offer in the years ahead. For details on the upcoming Intel 300 series platform that will support the 8th Gen Core processors, head over here.

Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K, Core i5-8600K and Core i3-8350K CPUs Detailed

Well, I didn't point out that this post would include two parts. I usually keep the leaks and rumors out of the official posts but this one is pretty much legit. Coming straight from Videocardz, we are looking at the first detailed specifications of Intel's 8th Generation Core processors for the desktop platform. There are also some performance numbers but we will talk about them in a bit.


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), 4.6 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 i7-8700K CPU-z Performance:

CPU NameCPUz Single Thread ScoreCPUz Multi Thread Score
Intel Core i7-8700K232313980
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X188812544
Intel Core i7-7700K23019993
Intel Core i7-6700K21449124
Intel Core i7-6850K194011170
Intel Core i7-5930K184110676

Intel Core i5-8600K – The Gamer Aimed Hexa Core With Overclocking Capability and 4.1 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 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 3.6 GHz base, 4.1 GHz (6 core), 4.2 GHz (4 core), 4.2 GHz (2 core) and 4.3 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 With Multi-Threading Enabled and 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 and some chips will even come with multi-threading enabled which will be a great deal for budget builders. The Intel Core i3 8350K comes with 4 cores, 8 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 clock speed of 65W and features a clock speed of 3.6 GHz. There's 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 Coffee Lake 8th Gen Desktop Core Lineup:

CPU NameIntel Core i3-8100Intel Core i3-8350KIntel Core i5-8400Intel Core i5-8600KIntel Core i7-8700Intel Core i7-8700KIntel Core i7-8086K
CPU FamilyCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-SCoffee Lake-S
CPU Process14nm14nm14nm14nm14nm14nm14nm
CPU Cores4466666
CPU Threads4466121212
Base Clock3.60 GHz4.00 GHz2.80 GHz3.60 GHz 3.20 GHz3.70 GHz4.00 GHz
Boost Clock (Max)N/AN/A4.00 GHz4.30 GHz4.60 GHz4.70 GHz5.00 GHz
Boost Clock (6 Core)N/AN/A3.50 GHz4.40 GHz4.20 GHz4.30 GHz4.30 GHz
L2 Cache1 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 Cache6 MB6 MB9 MB9 MB12 MB12 MB12 MB
Overclocking SupportNoYesNoYesNoYesYes
Socket SupportLGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151
Price$117 US$168 US$182 US$257 US$303 US$359 US$429 US

Intel Coffee Lake parts feature the highest frequencies we have ever seen on Intel chips and that's a good thing. We also reported that Intel’s Coffee Lake Core i3 series will be using quad core, multi-threaded designs while the Pentium series will be using quad core, non multi-threaded SKUs which will boost the performance on the budget tier chips. Expect more details on the Coffee Lake lineup as launch closes in this month.

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