Intel has already announced the launch date of its 8th Gen processor family, codenamed Coffee Lake. The upcoming line of processors isn’t just going to bring the first mainstream hexa-core chips from Intel, but also a shakeup in the lower-end Core i3 family. The latest round of leaks detail two new i3 processors, as well as the Core i7-8700K CPU-Z benchmark.
Intel Core i3-8350K and Core i3-8100 Coffee Lake CPUs Detailed
Recently, Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup leaked out revealing two Core i7, two Core i5, and single Core i3 SKU. The Core i7 and i5 series processors sport six physical cores, while the Core i3 is a quad-core part.
According to the leak, the quad-core part is called the Core i3-8300 which boasts HyperThreading for eight threads of compute power. It turns out 8300K is not the only quad-core chip in the Coffee Lake-S lineup, but there are two other SKUs featuring four cores.
These two other SKUs are the Core i3-8350K and the Core i3-8100, according to the leaked Intel documents which surfaced on a Chinese website PTT.cc (via VideoCardz). The specs-sheet doesn’t reveal much about the upcoming quad-core i3 chips, but there is one thing in there that directly contradicts the previous leak.
It suggests the Coffee Lake Core i3 chips (including the i3-8300) lack HyperThreading. Meaning, the chips will sport four cores and four threads. The Core i3-8350K will be the top-end model and it’s also the only one of the trio to feature an unlocked multiplier.
The chip runs at 4.0GHz clock speed out of the box, with TDP rated 91W. It lacks Turbo Boost, so do the other two SKUs. The i3-8350K could be a logical successor to the Core i3-7350K, which costs around $189. You can expect a similar pricing for this new unlocked quad-core SKU.
The slide shows that the Core i3-8100 will be lowest-end Coffee Lake quad-core chip. It is clocked at 3.60GHz and rated at 65W TDP.
Core i7-8700K CPU-Z benchmark shows Performance on par with AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
The Core i7-8700K will be the flagship processor of the Intel Coffee Lake lineup. It sports six cores and 12 threads clocked at 3.7GHz. The chip has a single core boost of 4.7GHz, two core boost of 4.6GHz, up to six core boost of 4.3GHz. The TDP is rated at 95W.
In terms of performance, the Core i7-8700K CPU-Z screenshot shows a score 13,980 in multi-thread, with the single thread score being just over 2,300. If true, that’s pretty impressive considering the Core i7-7700K would probably be beaten by around 4,500 point in multi-core performance.
For reference, AMD’s hexa-core Ryzen 5 1600X achieves a multi-thread score of just over 14,000. The score would obviously vary depending on the rest of your setup such as memory timings, clock speeds and others.
That being said, this is only a CPU-Z image and there’s no confirmation that we’re in fact looking at the i7-8700 benchmark. So take it with the proverbial grain of salt.
The Coffee Lake-S desktop processors will use the same LGA 1151 socket as the 7th-gen Kaby Lake family. They will roll out with a new 300-series motherboard chipset, and if a previous ASRock statement is to be believed, this will be the only chipset supported by the upcoming processors.
The Coffee Lake platform will feature integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) technology. It will also support Intel’s next-gen Optane memory, Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort 1.4, enhanced memory overclocking, DDR4-2666 memory, and up to 24 PCI-E lanes.
Intel is all set to launch its 8th-gen Coffee Lake processors on August 21. You can watch the unveil event live on Intel’s Facebook page or the Intel newsroom at 11 a.m. Eastern. The next-gen processor family will be available in devices in the holiday season.