The fifth time is the charm. At least that seems to be the case with the fifth Intel processors, based on the 14nm production process.
Following the launch of the laptop-focused 8-generation Kaby Lake R processors in August, Intel has finally released the 8th generation of Coffee Lake processors in October 2017, along with a series of fresh motherboards.
What particularly shocked us is that Intel, despite the extremely tough competition from AMD, is still at the top of the sales charts with Coffee Lake, even if its lead starts to decline.
Even in the light of the Ryzen 2nd Generation from AMD, we do not think that Intel Coffee Lake is going anywhere – especially now that Coffee Lake Refresh seems to have the upper hand as the 9th generation of Intel. Anyway, keep this page as a bookmark, because we keep it updated with the latest information.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Intel & # 39; s 8th-generation desktop CPU architecture
- When is it out? 5th of October
- What does it cost? From $ 117 (about £ 85, AU $ 145) – $ 359 (about £ 265, AU $ 450)
Intel Coffee Lake release date
Originally, in February 2017, Intel stated that Coffee Lake would come to the surface in the second half of the year. Intel reassured us this claim at Computex 2017, held in Taipei, Taiwan.
Later in 2017, Santa Clara's chip maker came out and teased a live-stream of August 21, which revealed the eighth generation of processors, which turned out to be a refurbishment of its 7th generation processors for Ultrabooks and laptops, called Kaby Lake Refresh.
Intel Coffee Lake did not see an announcement until September 15, 2017, followed by the first desktop chips that were taken on October 5, 2017. Then everything was quiet until April 2018, when Intel next to the H-series Intel Core mobile processors some big-name laptops, such as the MSI GS65 Stealth. We saw Intel's low-power T-Series desktop chips around the same time – although we have not seen them on the market yet.
At Computex 2018, Intel announced the Core i7-8086K, which celebrates its 50th anniversary. This beast of a chip rocks 6-cores and 12-wires, and you can still buy while the 50,000-unit of this CPU lasts.
Intel Coffee Lake prize
Perhaps the most elusive aspect of Coffee Lake in the run-up to its canonical announcement was the pricing. Apart from looking at the processor market that AMD Ryzen rewrote, we did not have much to base our speculation on.
Fortunately, Intel has unveiled a complete overview of the latest 8th generation Coffee Lake chips since their announcement. And with that revelation, we finally knew that the Santa Clara technology visitor would unleash a complete range of processors with a wide range of different prices.
Starting with the cheapest Core i3 chips, the Coffee Lake series is priced as follows:
- Intel Core i3-8100 – $ 119 (£ 109, AU $ 165)
- Intel Core i3-8300 – $ 149 (£ 139, AU $ 209)
- Intel Core i3-8350K – $ 184 (£ 154, AU $ 246)
- Intel Core i5-8400 – $ 199 (£ 179, AU $ 268)
- Intel Core i5-8500 – $ 209 (£ 199, AU $ 289)
- Intel Core i5-8600 – $ 229 (£ 218, AU $ 329)
- Intel Core i5-8600K – $ 259 (£ 259 AU $ 365)
- Intel Core i7-8700 – $ 341 (£ 319, AU $ 459)
- Intel Core i7-8700K – $ 359 (£ 389, AU $ 524)
- Intel Core i7-8086K – $ 425 (£ 419, AU $ 629)
Specifications of Intel Coffee Lake
Let's finish it: although all 8th generation Coffee Lake chips are still being manufactured at the 14nm node, Intel has proven that there is still a lot of life in the process.
Again, from the base, the Intel Core i3 chips start this time with 4 cores each for the first time in the regular CPU space. In addition, the Intel Core i3-8100 benefits from four cores and four threads on 3.6 GHz, but the unlocked Core i3-8350K has the same number of cores and threads, but instead chooses a basic frequency of 4 GHz.
As for the Core i5 range, the common Intel Core i5-8400 is now a hexa-core sample with six cores and six threads. In addition, the basic clock is 2.8 GHz and works at 4 GHz with Turbo Boost.
Meanwhile, the Core i5-8600K also pinches six cores and six wires into the 14nm chip, while using basic operating / boost speeds of 3.6 GHz and 4.3 GHz, respectively.
Then you have the Intel Core i7-8700 and i7-8700K. The first is yet another 6-core demon, albeit with the double number of threads as the i5-8600K. The overclockable analog, the Intel Core i7-8700K, poses a threat to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, sporty 6-core, 12-wire and base / boost clock speeds of 3.7 GHz / 4.7 GHz.
Then, around the Core i7 Coffee Lake CPU, you have the Intel Core i7 8086K, which is a 6-core 12-wire chip, clocked at 4.0 GHz with a whopping 5.0 GHz boost clock. This makes it the highest consumer chip chip that Intel has released. A way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Intel 8086 processor.
And, after announcing the expected H-Series Coffee Lake processors, including the Core i9-8950HK, clocked at 2.9 GHz with a 4.8GHZ boost clock, we'll see some super-fast laptops powered by this 6- core, 12-wire colossus. Intel has also announced a new range of low-power desktop CPUs from the T-series that must effectively fill the budget portion of the CPU market.
That is all we know now. We have seen a wide range of 8th generation Coffee Lake processors, including a few Coffee Lake laptop processors to mark the end of the series.
From here we expect that Intel will continue with a new series of 9th Generation Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs and, who knows? Maybe we will eventually see Coffee Lake-X or Cascade Lake-X-chips.
There will be a lot of news. According to our usual advice, we recommend that you regularly return to this page for a thorough coverage of the latest Intel Coffee Lake revelations.
Bill Thomas and Joe Osborne also contributed to this report