Supposed to be on news embargo until October 5, Intel releases information about its next generation processors a bit earlier than planned when leaks were circulated online. Now those getting an upgrade or buying a whole new system altogether can start planning what to buy.
The reveal pertains to the 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors i7-8700K, i7-8700, i5-8600K, i5-8400, i3-8350K, and i3-8100. Here are the specs for the mentioned CPUs:
Comparison to 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors for reference:
This can be considered as a huge step for Intel Core processors as all variants mentioned get an increase in cores and threads. Unlike the Sandy Bridge (2011) up to Kaby Lake (Jan. 2017) processors, i3 CPUs now have 4 cores, i5 CPUs have 6 cores and 6 threads, while the i7 CPUs get a whopping 6 cores and 12 threads!
Another nice thing about the 8th Gen is that the pricing is similar to the 7th Gen CPUs. Rumors said the i7-8700k will be on the $1000 mark, but thankfully they weren’t true. Now let’s hope they don’t jack up the prices when they arrive in the Philippines. 7th Gen is still fairly recent here, after all.
Intel processors only had minor upgrades since Sandy Bridge in 2011- a few hundred MHz increase in base core clock and turbo core clock rates, DDR4, PCIe 3.0, USB 3.1, improved integrated graphics, etc. The old flagship i7-2600k isn’t even that far to i7-7700k in terms of real-life performance. So for i7-2600k users like me who don’t have wads of extra cash to throw around, upgrading even up to Kaby Lake 5 years after wasn’t really a choice to consider. I’d rather buy a new graphics card (which I did).
With the hugely improved features of the i7-8700k, especially the 6-core and 12-thread combo, it takes the processor up to a whole new level, making it a worthy upgrade for 2nd Gen (Sandy Bridge) up to 4th Gen (Haswell) owners. 5th Gen (Broadwell) up to 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) owners might want to hold back for now as the benefits you’ll get from the 8th Gen upgrade, in my opinion, will be significantly smaller vs. if you have an older CPU. Cannonlake is probably going to be released sometime next year, after all.