Intel fans have been waiting eagerly for the Intel Coffee Lake desktop processors ever since AMD introduced their Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 family of processors. Coffee Lake is the codename for the 8th Generation Intel Core desktop processors that Intel is going to launch very soon. Here is everything you need to know about the 8th Generation Intel Core desktop processors.
Don’t forget to read about how The Ryzen Effect created better Coffee Lake processors!
The Intel Coffee Lake Processors
Codenamed Coffee Lake, the 8th Generation Intel Core processors are the first Intel processors in years to command great interest. Why? Because they will all boast two additional processor cores, finally delivering the big performance boost we have been waiting for.
With Intel Coffee Lake, Intel is changing the number of cores in the Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processor families :
The first slew of Intel Coffee Lake processors to hit the market are the Core i7-8700K, the Core i7-8700, the Core i5-8600K, the Core i5-8400, the Core i3-8350K, the Core i3-8300 and the Core i3-8100.
Intel will also launch three Pentium models based on Coffee Lake – the Pentium G4720, the Pentium G4700 and the Pentium G4660. They will be priced at less than US$100 MSRP.
The Intel Coffee Lake Processor Specifications
Here is a table comparing the key specifications of the Intel Coffee Lake processors :
|Specifications||Core i7-8700K||Core i7-8700||Core i5-8600K||Core i5-8400||Core i3-8350K||Core i3-8300||Core i3-8100|
|Base Clock||3.7 GHz||3.2 GHz||3.5 GHz||2.8 GHz||4.0 GHz||4.0 GHz||3.6 GHz|
|Boost Clock||4.7 GHz||4.6 GHz||4.4 GHz||3.9 GHz||None||None||None|
|L1 Cache||384 KB||384 KB||384 KB||384 KB||256 KB||256 KB||256 KB|
|L2 Cache||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1.5 MB||1 MB||1 MB||1 MB|
|L3 Cache||12 MB||12 MB||9 MB||9 MB||8 MB||6 MB||6 MB|
|TDP||95 W||65 W||95 W||65 W||91 W||65 W||65 W|
Price & Availability
Intel will officially launch the 8th Generation Intel Core desktop processors on 5 October 2017. We confirmed this date through multiple sources. If you are checking for the availability of these processors online to pre-order, here are their part numbers :
Most of the processors will be priced at the same price points as the preceding 7th Generation Core processor models. Intel will only hike the prices of the K-grade models of the Core i7 and Core i5 families.
Of course, those are just indicative price premiums. The final market price may vary quite a bit, at least initially. IO-Tech, for example, leaked EU prices of the K-grade processors that show a considerable price premium on those parts :