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 The 8th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor Tech Report and how The Ryzen Effect created better Coffee Lake processors!
Updated @ 2017-10-10 : Updated the Malaysian pricing for the Intel Coffee Lake processors.
Updated @ 2017-10-09 : Added the Intel Coffee Lake Malaysia price and availability, as well as other minor updates.
Updated @ 2017-09-26 : Added new information and table on the Intel Coffee Lake processor prices and availability. Various other updates.
Originally posted @ 2017-09-11
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 :
Intel Core i7 : 4 cores, 8 threads -> 6 cores, 12 threads
Intel Core i5 : 4 cores, 4 threads -> 6 cores, 6 threads
Intel Core i3 : 2 cores, 4 threads -> 4 cores, 4 threads
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|
Worldwide Price & Availability
Intel will officially make the 8th Generation Intel Core desktop processors available 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 :
Intel Core i7-8700K : BX80684I78700K
Intel Core i7-8700 : BX80684I78700
Intel Core i5-8600K : BX80684I58600K
Intel Core i5-8400 : BX80684I58400
Intel Core i3-3850K : BX80684I38350K
Intel Core i3-8100 : BX80684I38100
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.
Intel Core i7 K-grade models : +$20 premium (gen on gen)
Intel Core i5 K-grade models : +$15 premium (gen on gen)
All other Core i7, i5 and i3 models : PRICE PARITY!
Intel just confirmed that our leaked information is correct. Check out the official prices for the Intel Coffee Lake processors (in 1K quantities) :
|8th Gen Intel Core||7th Gen Intel Core||Difference|
|Model||Launch Price||Model||Launch Price|
|Core i7-8700K||$359||Core i7-7700K||$339||+$20|
|Core i7-8700||$303||Core i7-7700||$303||–|
|Core i5-8600K||$257||Core i5-7600K||$242||+$15|
|Core i5-8400||$182||Core i5-7400||$182||–|
|Core i3-8350K||$168||Core i3-7350K||$168||–|
|Core i3-8100||$117||Core i3-7100||$117||–|
Of course, those are price premiums for 1K quantities. The final market price will be considerably more expensive, at least initially. IO-Tech, for example, leaked EU prices of the K-grade processors that show a considerable price premium on those parts :
Intel Core i7-8700K : €419 (+€95 premium)
Intel Core i5-8600K : €299 (+€75 premium)
Intel Core i3-8350K : €199 (+€50 premium)
Intel Coffee Lake Malaysia Price & Availability Updated!
Here in Malaysia, only these four Coffee Lake CPUs are available, with considerable variation in the initial prices quoted by ETECH PC and Compuzone. ETECH PC is offering a lower price because the processor must be part of a system build. Compuzone, on the other hand, sells the retail boxed processors.
Intel Core i7-8700K (Retail Box) : RM 1,730 / ~$412
Intel Core i7-8700K (System Build) : RM 1,599 / ~$380
Intel Core i5-8400 (Retail Box) : RM 919 / ~$218
Intel Core i5-8400 (System Build) : RM 809 / ~$193
Intel Core i3-8350K (Retail Box) : RM 833 / ~$198
Intel Core i3-8350K (System Build) : RM 765 / ~$182
Intel Core i3-8100 (Retail Box) : RM 573 / ~$136
Intel Core i3-8100 (System Build) : RM 509 / ~$121
Don’t forget to also read our other Intel Coffee Lake and AMD Ryzen-related articles :[adrotate group=”2″]
- The Intel Core i7-8700K Hexa-Core Processor Review
- The 8th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor Tech Report
- The 11 New ASUS Z370 Motherboards Revealed!
- Thank The Ryzen Effect For Better Intel Processors!
- The AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Octa-Core Processor Review
- The AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Quad-Core Processor Review
- The AMD Ryzen 3 1300X Quad-Core Processor Review
- The 15 New AMD Ryzen CPU Coolers Revealed
- The 34 New AMD Ryzen Motherboards Revealed
- All You Need To Know About AMD Ryzen Threadripper!