The Intel Core i7-8700K went on sale in multiple parts of the world and here we have some information that Intel is not ready to share with you just yet. Delidding the Intel Core i7-8700K we find that the size of the die is pretty much the same but it is longer as compared to the 7700K. The Intel Core i7-8700K die size is 151mm2 which is 29mm2 larger than Kaby Lake.
So 29mm2 is all it takes to add 2 more cores onto the die. Reviewers have got the Intel Core i7-8700K and the 8400, which offers great price to performance and I doubt any CPU is going to be sold out faster than the 8400. Mulitple reviewers have confirmed that the Intel Coffee Lake CPUs will be able to overclock to 5 GHz especially using liquid cooling.
If you are looking for higher clock speeds then delidding is an option but it is a risky one. The LGA 1151 delidding tool works with Coffee Lake as well so it is just a matter of time before delidding videos are uploading onto the internet that will take you through the process step by step.
At the time of writing this article, multiple retailers are out of stock including Newegg and Amazon UK. We talked about the limited stock at launch and we can already see that coming into play. It is likely that you will not be able to get your hands on one of these CPUs. Having that said AMD Rzyen CPUs are a great option to consider if you are not looking to wait.
The limited stock issue is going to carry on until Q1 2018 and it is unlikely that you will be able to buy an Intel Coffee Lake CPU at MSRP before the end of the year. Not to mention that the mainstream motherboards are not going to be available until 2018. SO even if you have a Coffee Lake CPU you will need to buy a Z series motherboard even if you CPU is locked.
Let us know what you think about the Intel Core i7-8700K die and the fact that it is already sold out. Are you interested in upgrading to the new Intel Coffee Lake CPUs?