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Intel unveils 8th-gen Core desktop chips, claiming i7-8700K to be the best gaming chip ever


Intel Corporation known as Intel has launched its latest 8th generation Intel core desktop processors, claiming the flagship $359 Core i7-8700k its best gaming desktop processor ever. Intel’s 6th core, 12-thread 3.7GHz core chip processor boosts a third-person shooter video game ‘Gears of War 4’, frame rates up to 25% in comparison with Intel’s 7th generation desktop chips. New eighth-gen core also has the capacity to edit 4k video up to 32 percent faster. The benefits of latest core chips are with multitasking, as Intel states that gaming, streaming and recording with a multiplayer online battle royal video game called ‘Player Unknown: Battlegrounds’ will be a whopping 45 percent faster compared to a 7th-gen part.

Orders for Intel’s newest core desktop chips will start on October 5, as per Anand Srivatsa’s statement who is the general manager of the desktop platform group at Intel. The shipping of latest core chip will begin in the fourth quarter.

Prices and specs for Intel’s new 8th-gen Core chips:

Intel’s new chips are referred to be the part of the “Coffee Lake” family. Overall, the company has launched six new chips which are –

  • Intel Core i7-8700K: 6 cores/12 threads at 3.7GHz boost to 4.7GHz; $359
  • Intel Core i7-8700: 6 cores/12 threads at 3.2GHz boost to 4.6GHz; $303
  • Intel Core i5-8600K: 6 cores/6 threads at 3.6GHz boost to 4.3GHz; $257
  • Intel Core i5-8400: 6 cores/6 threads at 2.8GHz boost to 4GHz; $182
  • Intel Core i3-8350K: 4 cores/4 threads at 4GHz, no boost capabilities; $168
  • Intel Core i3-8100: 4 cores/4 threads at 3.6GHz, no boost capabilities; $117

Adding up cores increases performance to desktop Core chip

An American multinational corporation and technology company, Intel’s latest processors range from 65 to 95 watts and from the unlocked ‘K’ series core chips for overclocking and gaming down to additional modest initial level locked Core i5 and Core i3 parts that absence Intel’s Turbo Boost capabilities. In the month of August, the company introduced the 8th-generation Core family with its latest U-series family and upgraded the performance by 40% in comparison with the 7th-gen part. Later in the year, the company will start shipping inexpensive Celeron and Pentium chips.


All the new chips are ’14-nm++’ parts, combining superior design with process tweaks. All the chips will utilize the LGA 1151 socket and the latest Intel Z370 chipset except Z270 chipset which is used by the Kaby Lake chips. While the Z270 uses 2,400MHz DDR4 DRAM, on the other hand, the new Z370 bumps that to DDRA-2666. The Intel Company is touting up to 40 PCI 3.0 lanes for the storage space, graphics, and I/O, even though a system diagram presented a single x16 PCIe 3.0 connection from the core processor. Support is built in for 4K HDR with I/O support that is essential for Thunderbolt 3.0.

Srivatsa interpreted that the innovative capabilities of the Intel 6-core CPUs requisite new ways of supplying power to the processor on the motherboard. Similarly, changes to the processor package to activate overclocking, as well as the higher-speed memory assistance, necessitated a new chipset, he added. In the present, the Z370 is the single Intel chipset that is compatible with latest 8th generation desktop lineup.

The new chip core processors support Intel Optane.  Intel Optane is the memory acceleration technology that Intel started rolling out slowly in the year 2016 and 2017. For the time being, Optane performs as a system acceleration technology, providing the performance of an SSD on data it can cache, even from a hard drive.

Captivatingly, Srivatsa commended the benefits of the latest Core i7-8700K even over the freshly launched Core i9-7800X, apparently comparable 6-core, 12 thread part. The reasons to purchase the $389 Core i9-7800 comprises more PCIe lanes and faster memory. Gamers those who looking for highly optimized single-threaded performance can opt the Core i7-8700K. According to Srivatsa, the Core i7-8700K chip will be shipped on the Alienware Aurora and would be made available on October 5, therefore, shipping is expected by October 20.