The Intel i7-8700K is the top of the line CPU that will be coming out soon. The CPU is based on the Coffee Lake architecture and has 2 additional cores as compared to the 7700K that we got last year. In addition to that, the CPU also has an unlocked multiplier which means that you can overclock the CPU and get more performance for the money you spent.
There have been a couple of speculations regarding the pricing of the upcoming CPUs and Finnish technology website iS-Tech news claims to have got the i3-8350K, i5-8600K and i7-8700K at $199, $299 and $499 respectively. The price change for the i3 is 19%, it is 25% for the i5 and 20% for the i7. You are getting more CPU so the price increase is not shocking.
If you were expecting to get 6 cores at about the same price then this might be a bit of a turn-off. I do expect that this price increase will be seen across the board and will not only affect these 3 CPUs. While the Intel i7-8700K will have 6 cores and an unlocked multiplier so you can get a lot more at this price range.
Looking at Ryzen, you could get 8 cores 16 threads and some money left over. A new leaked roadmap has also revealed that there will be a Z390 chipset coming out in the second half of 2017. While there is not much that we know about the upcoming chipset you have to wonder what Intel is planning to do with two high-end chipsets and how they will be different from one another.
You can expect the cheaper motherboards and CPUs to hit the market in January. You can also check out the Intel Coffee Lake Skull Canyon NUC mini PC here.
Let us know what you think about the Intel i7-8700K and whether or not you will be upgrading when the CPUs come out.