Intel’s new eighth-generation processor could be a gamer’s delight

Written by Jaymin Shah

Intel announced its first wave of eighth-generation Core processors for laptops back in August, and now it’s time for desktops to get their own turn at Intel’s latest processors.

Intel boasts that the six-core 3.7GHz Core i7-8700K is its “best gaming desktop processor ever”, delivering up to 195 frames per second (FPS) on Gears of War 4, and 25 percent more FPS than its 7th Gen processors.

The chip is part of Intel’s K-series 8th Gen Core chips, which are unlocked for overclocking and, thanks to Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, the Core i7-8700K can reach a frequency of 4.7GHz. These chips can be expanded with up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes.

The chip is twice as fast at handling gaming, streaming, and record simultaneously than a three-year-old machine, according to Intel.

Intel has also included new media technology to improve streaming from Netflix in 4K ultra-high definition, and faster 4K video creation.

Meanwhile, developers can take advantage of hardware-based security features such as Intel’s Software Guard Extension (SGX), BIOS Guard, and Boot Guard.

Other members of the 8th Gen Core i desktop family, which are built on Intel’s 14-nanometer++ Coffee Lake architecture, include its first six-core, six-thread Core i5 and four-core, four-thread Core i3 desktop processors.

The company also unveiled its Z370 chipset-based motherboards, which are required to upgrade to the new chips.

As AnandTech reports, Intel is offering six, eighth-gen desktop chips at launch, two for each processor class:

  • i3-8100, with four cores / four threads and clocked at 3.6GHz for approximately $117
  • i3-8350K, with four cores / four threads and clocked at 4.0GHz for approximately $168
  • i5-8400, with six cores / six threads and clocked at 2.8GHz (with a boost of up to 4.0GHz) for approximately $182
  • i5-8600K, with six cores / six threads and clocked at 3.6GHz (with a boost of up to 4.4GHz) for approximately $257
  • i7-8700, with six cores / 12 threads and clocked at 3.2GHz (with a boost of up to 4.6GHz) for approximately $303
  • i7-8700K with six cores / 12 threads and clocked at 3.8GHz (with a boost of up to 4.7GHz) for approximately $359


The 8th Gen Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 desktop chips will be available on October 5. Intel says they’ll start shipping with desktops in the fourth quarter.

These join the recently announced eighth-generation Kaby Lake U-Series chips for laptops, which includes two Core i7 chips, and two i5 chips. At the extreme end, it’s also got the up-to-18-core seventh-generation Core X series, ranging from the Core i5 to Core i9. Intel is scheduled to launch eighth-generation Intel Core chips for businesses and consumers in the first half of 2018.

Intel’s eighth-generation lineup will consist of three different architectures spanning the 14-nanometer+ Kaby Lake, 14-nanometer++ Coffee Lake and 10-nanometer Cannonlake.

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Jaymin Shah

Jaymin Shah is a tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of TechOptimals. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer relentlessly covering Technology, in addition to a broad range of startups. Contact Jaymin at

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