Intel announces its eighth-generation Coffee Lake desktop processors

Intel announced its first wave of eighth-generation Core processors for laptops back in August, and now it’s time for desktops to get their own turn at Intel’s latest processors.

The biggest change in the eighth-generation Core line is that Intel is upping core count across the entire eighth-generation range on desktop. The entry-level i3 model now comes with four cores (up from two); the midrange Core i5 has six (up from four); and Core i7 chips now offer six cores with hyper-threading.

According to Intel, the new chips are up to 32 percent faster compared to the previous generation, and up to 65 percent faster than a three-year-old machine when it comes to tasks like video editing or content creation. Intel is also touting big improvements on the gaming side of things, calling out the top-of-the-line i7-8700K as the company’s “best gaming desktop processor ever.”

As AnandTech reports, Intel is offering six, eighth-gen desktop chips at launch, two for each processor class:

  • i3-8100, with four cores / four threads and clocked at 3.6GHz for approximately $117
  • i3-8350K, with four cores / four threads and clocked at 4.0GHz for approximately $168
  • i5-8400, with six cores / six threads and clocked at 2.8GHz (with a boost of up to 4.0GHz) for approximately $182
  • i5-8600K, with six cores / six threads and clocked at 3.6GHz (with a boost of up to 4.4GHz) for approximately $257
  • i7-8700, with six cores / 12 threads and clocked at 3.2GHz (with a boost of up to 4.6GHz) for approximately $303
  • i7-8700K with six cores / 12 threads and clocked at 3.8GHz (with a boost of up to 4.7GHz) for approximately $359

The new eighth-generation chips are designed for the average consumer, though, so users looking for the absolutely highest performance level on desktop at any cost may want to still consider Intel’s Core X family of ultra-powerful processors. Some of the higher-end eighth-gen chips do give the Core X models a run for…

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