Intel Coffee Lake Officially Announced, Bump In Core Count Confirmed

Intel Coffee Lake 8th generation of desktop CPUs have been announced by Intel and while we have got a couple of leaks regarding these upcoming CPUs, everything has been made official by the company. It is true that the core count has been increased and now the i7 features 6 cores and 12 threads, the i5 comes with 6 cores and the i3 CPUs come with 4 cores.

Keeping all this in mind you can expect to see better performance when using applications that can take advantage of the extra cores and threads. You will also see the difference when multi-tasking. Intel claims that Coffee Lake CPUs will provide 25% boost in FPS and 45% better performance when mega-tasking.

When it comes to mega-tasking Intel gave the example of playing PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, streaming it and recording, all at the same time. There is a catch though, with the increase in core count the base clocks have gone down across the board but the silver lining here is that the boost clocks have gone up across the board as well.

In theory, you should be able to overclock the K series SKUs to 4 GHz on all 6 cores effectively but we will need to check out third-party reviews in order to confirm that. The bulk purchase price for the 8700K is $359, this means that retailers will be selling this for a higher price. All things considered, the upcoming Intel Coffee Lake CPUs are more expensive across the board.

All things considered, you should not be shocked if the top of the line 8700K will cost you around $400. The upcoming Intel Coffee Lake CPUs will be compatible with the Z370 motherboards and these chipsets will feature DDR4-2666 memory support.

Let us know what you think about Intel Coffee Lake CPUs and whether or not you are interested in upgrading your setup.

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