Intel’s next generation CPUs have already seen a little action with the Kaby Lake Refresh units having been launched for low-power usages under the banner of 8th Gen Intel Processors. And now, it appears the desktop processors under 8th Gen, based on the Coffee Lake architecture are set to be launched on October 5, 2017 if we are to believe a screenshot posted by Reddit user Talisker1980. It was taken down, however, as with anything on the Internet, things can never be hidden once they’ve been posted and numerous duplicate threads started popping up soon after.
Intel Core i7 8700K launch date
The screenshot posted by Talisker 1980 on Reddit is that of an inventory enquiry result of a retailer based in the UK. When the keyword “Core i7-8700” was queried, the system revealed the upcoming SKU and mentions the launch date as 5th of October. Moreover, we also see the ordering code “BX80684|78700K” which means this is non-China Boxed SKU.
Unfortunately, most of the screenshot has been edited out to hide the shipping quantity and retail pricing. The retailer seems to be getting the processors for a unit price of $268.43 and Intel CPUs tend to have higher margins but this isn’t enough to gauge the final retail price. However, there have been plenty of leaks prior to this one detailing pricing information regarding the upcoming Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K processor.
Intel Core i7-8700K Specifications
As per a post on Anandtech’s forums last month, we got a glimpse at what specifications the Intel Core i7-8700K holds. It’ll supposedly be a 6-core processor with 12-threads. Base clock is 3.7 GHz and the Turbo frequency can scale all the way up to 4.7 GHz. With all six cores, the Turbo frequency is set to hit 4.3 GHz, and then 4.4 GHz with four cores, 4.6 GHz with two cores and lastly, 4.7 GHz with just one core. It’s believed to have a 12 MB SmartCache and is designed for 95W TDP.
The integrated memory controller can support a max DDR4 RAM frequency of 2666 MHz. And we’ll be seeing the LGA1151 sockets being used yet again, however, with a different chipset under the 300 series. We’ve even seen some leaked Z370 motherboard images in the last couple of hours on VideoCardz. In all, the specifications of seven 8th Gen Intel Core processors have been leaked so far. These have been summarised below.
One of the things that stood out from a leaked image on a forum was that of an Intel Core i3-8300 which indicated 8 threads. Core i3 processors have up till now, not featured HyperThreading, which makes this quite difficult to believe but given the way AMD has changed the scenario with the 4 Core Ryzen 3 processors, this could be seen as Intel’s answer. However, like we’ve mentioned previously, this is quite difficult to believe but would be really awesome if it turns out to be true.
Intel Core i7-8700K performance
Again, leaked screenshots pitting the Intel Core i7-8700K against the Cire i7-7700K, Core i7-7800X and Ryzen 7 1700 have emerged last week. It appears that the Intel Core i7-8700K nearly equals the Ryzen 7 1700 in a Cinebench R15 multithreaded run and completely obliterates it in single threaded performance. This, again, is a huge improvement given that the 8700K’s 12 threads are going against the 1700’s 16 threads.
These numbers are very impressive for a hexa-core mainstream desktop chip and would really put the pressure on AMD for its next gen CPUs. We have no information when AMD will release those as the next launches are mostly about adding more SKUs to their mobile processors and APUs.
Intel Core i7-8700K pricing
For a retailer procurement price of $268.43, we’d expect the Core i7-8700 to retail somewhere between $315 – $350. The quad-core Intel Core i7-7700K launched for $339-350 and the 8700K is a hexa-core CPU. The Ryzen 7 1700 currently retails for $315 after getting a price cut from $329. And as per the leaked performance numbers, the Intel Core i7-8700K seems to be competitive with the Ryzen 7 1700. So we expect Intel to price it more towards $315 rather than $350.