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This 8th Gen CPU is Intel’s best gaming desktop processor EVER

Dean Evans Technology Writer Twitter

Following the 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 and Intel® Core™ i7 (U-Series) processors announced in August, Intel has announced that its 8th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop CPUs and accompanying Intel® Z370 chipset will be available from October 5.

The new K-Series (unlocked) chips include the “best gaming processor ever from Intel.”*

Six cores, 12 threads

That processor is the Intel Core i7-8700K, a 6-core/12-thread chip that can accelerate its 3.7GHz base clock speed to 4.7GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. In terms of performance, that could deliver frame rate improvements of up to 25% compared with 7th Gen Intel Core* and up to 65% faster content editing compared to a 3-year-old machine*.

What that means in practice is that gaming with an 8th Gen desktop processor will feel more fluid and will deliver a vivid experience that’s more immersive than before. Performance while ‘mega-tasking’, meanwhile, should also get a significant boost. Gaming + Streaming + Recording efficiency can be twice as fast* compared to a 3-year-old machine. While 4K video editing can be up to 32% faster* versus a 7th Gen system.

8th Gen Intel Core i7
New 8th Gen Intel Core processor include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever.

“We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs,” said Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel. “Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and – for gamers, in particular– offer an unbeatable experience.”

The Intel Core i7-8700K is one of six new processors that deliver more cores, more Intel® Smart Cache, best in class design, enhanced overclocking and an improved 14nm process.

First ever six-core i5 CPU

The 8th Gen desktop family also includes the first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processors — the Intel Core i5-8600K (unlocked) and i5-8400 — plus the first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processors — the Intel Core i3-8350K (unlocked) and i3-8100. The Intel Core i7-8700 rounds off the new launches.

These processors are supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards, which provide “improved power delivery needed for the new 6-core processors to reach their maximum performance as well as enhanced package power delivery for overclocking and memory routing support.”

Speaking of overclocking, the unlocked ‘K’ processors in the 8th Gen desktop line-up can be overclocked to higher levels than prior generations. New features include per core overclocking, a max memory ratio up to 8,400 MT/s and real-time memory latency control.

If that wasn’t enough, Intel® Optane™ memory support across the new range will deliver extra responsiveness that’s up to 2.1 times faster* compared with a five-year-old desktop equipped with an HDD alone.

8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors become available beginning October 5, 2017. Find out more about what 8th Generation Intel Core processors can do for you here.


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