After releasing the U-series processors last month which are meant for laptops, Intel today has officially announced the next group of processors under its 8th Generation Core family. So, say hello to the new 8th Gen Intel Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 for desktop PCs.
For starters, Intel will be releasing the unlocked models which as well as premium models. Among them also includes the company’s first-ever 6-core Core i5 and 4-core Core i3 offerings. Previously codenamed Coffee Lake-S, here is how the line-up looks like:
While the actual retail price will be different especially here in Malaysia, we reckoned that the RCP price can be used as an indicator for their retail price tag. So, here is what the RCP pricing like when converted into Ringgit Malaysia.
Intel Core i7-8700K: USD 359 (about RM 1,505)
Intel Core i7-8700: USD 303 (about RM 1,270)
Intel Core i5-8600K: USD 257 (about RM 1,077)
Intel Core i5-8400: USD 182 (about RM 763)
Intel Core i3-8350K: USD 168 (about RM 704)
Intel Core i3-8100: USD 117 (about RM 491)
Alongside these processors, the company has also launches the new Intel Z370 chipset which is the only chipset at the moment that able support the 8th Gen Core processors for desktop PCs. Meanwhile, Intel stated that the new chipset doesn’t support previous gen Kaby Lake-S processors due to changes within the fundamental designs of the new platform.
Performance-wise, Intel claimed that these new chips offer up to 25% more performance in gaming when compared to their predecessors as well as up 32% faster in 4K 360-degree video editing. The company has also added new features for overclockers to take full advantages of these new chip including per core overclocking, enhanced package power delivery, 8400 MT/s max memory ratio, and more.
The new 8th Gen Intel Core processors will be made available throughout the world starting from 5 October 2017 onwards although OEM systems based on these new chips will start to appear in the market within Q4 2017. Their actual roll-out date for Malaysia is not known at the moment, unfortunately.