Intel is going to try and tackle the Ryzen threat with the upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs and here we have some details regarding the upcoming Intel Core i7-8700K. This will be the top of the line Core i7 CPU in the upcoming Coffee Lake lineup. The Intel Core i7-8700K will feature 6 cores and 12 threads.
The CPU in question is an engineering sample so the final product might have some variation. The 8700K has a 3.5 GHz base clock and can boost to 4.3 GHz. It will be competing with the Ryzen 5 1600X which can overclock to 4 GHz with XFR enabled. This is 300 MHz less than the Intel CPU but much will depend on the price that Intel decides to go with.
We have also been getting reports that the upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs will be compatible with existing LGA 1151 motherboards. If that is the case then people that are already on the platform will have an incentive to stay with Intel instead of changing their motherboard and shifting to Ryzen. If these reports are false then users might convert to AMD.
When it comes to Coffee Lake CPUs, you can expect a 30% increase in performance as compared to the current generation architecture. This could also be an incentive for people to stay with Intel. Right now Intel is trying to pull all the strings in order to keep the market share. We have also heard reports that the upcoming i3 CPUs will have 4 cores.
While the upcoming i3 CPUs will come with 4 cores, there will be no hyperthreading, unlike the AMD Ryzen 3 CPUs that have 4 cores and 4 threads. That means that AMD will have the first mover advantage as Ryzen 3 CPUs are coming out in a few days and Coffee Lake CPUs are not expected until next year.
Let us know what you think about the Intel Core i7-8700K and whether or not you are planning to upgrade your CPU.