Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPUs feature additional cores and threads as compared to the previous generation. The i3 CPUs now have 4 cores and 4 threads while the Intel Coffee Lake i5 series feature 6 cores and 6 threads, the Intel Coffee Lake i7 CPUs feature 6 cores and 12 threads. These are major upgrade as compared to Kaby Lake.
For the first time, you will be able to couple a 6 core CPU with an $80 motherboard. But right now the only motherboards that are available are the Z370 series motherboards and they are pretty expensive and are pretty much useless if you have a locked CPU. Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPUs have been high in demand and that is why people are charging more than MSRP for the CPUs.
Keeping in mind the high demand Intel has now increased productivity by expanding production to China’s Chengdu plant. The Chinese market is a major segment for Intel and China’s Chengdu plant will cater majorly to the Chinese market. This increase in production will help Intel meet demands and keep prices down to MSRP.
If you are in the market for a new CPU and cannot find Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPUs at MSRP then you would be better off waiting a while longer, especially if you are going to go with a locked CPU. Intel Chengdu plant will be responsible for Core i7-8700K, 8700, Core i5-8600K and 8400. So mainly the 6 core versions of Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPUs.
Let us know what you think about the Intel Coffee Lake 8th Generation CPUs and whether or not you are interested in upgrading this time around.