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Intel 8th-Gen Core processors launched

26 September 2017, 12:43 | Denise Dawson

Intel targets high-end gamers with 8th-generation desktop chips coming Oct. 5

Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Available for purchase on Oct. 5 2017 they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever

Intel says "this final piece of the puzzle rounds out the availability of the Intel Core X-series processor family, providing content creators and enthusiasts with the much-anticipated Extreme Edition, the most extreme desktop processor ever introduced".

On the weekend, Intel issued a press release announcing the official launch of its newest desktop CPUs, the 8th gen Intel Core series.

The new eighth-gen desktop chips will begin to arrive on October 5th with the Intel Core i7-8700K and will carry a price tag of $359.

Intel said its new chips will officially launch on October 5, with prices ranging from $117 for its low-end Core i3 processors to $359 for its higher-performing Core i7 chips.

Pricing has been a big sticking point for the rumour mill, and AMD backed Intel into a corner with Ryzen's higher core counts.

The 4GHz Core i3-8350K and 3.6GHz Core i3-8100 cost $168 (Rs 10,884) and $117 (Rs 7,580), respectively.

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The 8th-gen "Intel Core" unlocked "K" processors will overclock to higher levels than prior generations. Here we have the gaming benchmarks between the Intel Core i7-8700K, 7700K and the 7800X.

While there are still no reviews, Intel claims that we should see a significant performance increase of 25 percent in FPS in some games and up to 45 percent increase in "mega-tasking" applications, compared to the 7th gen CPUs. For the artistically inclined, the new CPUs, codenamed Coffee Lake, will allow you to edit 4K, 360-degree videos up to 32 percent faster than last year's range. The i5 variants: i5-8400 and i5-8600k also have six cores but lack hyper-threading.

Alongside these CPU improvements, the GPU has also been tweaked: the new UHD Graphics 630 component uses the same basic silicon as Kaby Lake, but clock speeds are higher, and there's also now hardware support for 4K HDR video. Intel has priced this chip at $257 (£190, AU$325).

Intel also boasted that the lead processor in this generation, the Intel Core i7-8700K, will be Intel's best gaming desktop processor ever.

The new, more powerful chips are supported by the introduction of a new series of Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards, which help by providing more efficient power delivery. While prices aren't finalized for retail just yet, expect to pay something to the tune of $30 to $50 more for a comparable eighth-generation chip than you would have for a seventh-generation model at launch.

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