For larger part of last decade, Intel had dominated the processor market and earlier this year, AMD released its much discussed Ryzen processors. As the latest processors attracted a lot of attention, Intel decided to release several processors with higher core counts few months earlier. And now, it seems that the company is taking initiative in order to continue its domination in the processor market as Intel officially announced its 8th generation desktop processors. While the processors released few months earlier were largely targeted towards gamers and enthusiasts, the upcoming 8th generation processors will meet everyone’s needs including those who have limited budget.
Similar to 7th generation processors, the upcoming 8th generation desktop processors will range from Core i3 to Core i7. Interestingly, the latest processors are reasonably priced meaning you will be able to find a processor regardless of your budget. In addition to the locked processor, you will get the chance to push your computer with unlocked K variants of processor.
In an official announcement, Intel said, “This new family introduces the first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor. The family offers a wide range of performance options for consumers with unlocked ‘K’ processors that deliver maximum tuning flexibility at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability on graphics, storage and I/O. These processors are supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards.”
“The top of the product stack — the Intel Core i7-8700K — is Intel’s best gaming desktop processor ever. It is capable of 4.7 GHz maximum single-core turbo frequency, the highest frequency ever from Intel thanks to Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, making it a performance powerhouse for both single and multi-threaded applications.”
As for graphics, all of the upcoming chips will feature Intel 630 graphics with Core i3 and i5 featuring graphics frequency of 1.1 GHz and Core i7 featuring graphics frequency of 1.2GHz. However, given that most of the customers will opt for dedicated graphics card, the on-board graphics card will hardly be a deciding factor.
All of the processors will be available starting from October 5th and the pricing of the processors are pretty reasonable as mentioned earlier. They are, Core i3 8100 ($117), Core i5 8400 ($182), Core i7 8700 ($303), Core i3 8350K ($168), Core i5 8600K ($257), and Core i7 8700K ($359).
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