After being speculated for months, Intel’s second wave of 8th-gen desktop processors is finally here. The launch includes a range of new Coffee Lake-S processors targeting the more budget and entry-level segments. In addition, the company also offered a variety of cheaper 300-series motherboard chipsets.
Intel have added three standard and six low-power CPUs to its current catalogue of 8th-gen Core desktop family. The new Coffee Lake-S standard chips include the Core i5-8600, i5-8500, and i3-8300. Both Core i5 CPUs feature 6 cores and 6 threads, with 65W TDP and 9MB of L3 cache.
They differ only in terms of their clock speeds: the Core i5-8600 has a base clock of 3.1GHz that can boost up to 4.3GHz, while the Core i5-8500 runs slightly slower at 3.0GHz base and 4.1GHz boost clocks. As for pricing, the i5-8600 costs $213 US and i5-8500 costs $192 US.
The Core i3-8300 is a 4-core, 4-thread processor. It won’t feature boost clocks but rather a more stable base clock of 3.7GHz. The chip packs 8MB of L3 cache and rated at 62 watts. The i3-8300 is priced at just $138 US.
The new T-series ships with 35W TDPs, and ranges from Core i7, Core i5 to Core i3 SKUs. The top-end Core i7-8700T sports 6 cores with hyper-threading enabled for a total of 12 threads. It also offers decent turbo frequency within that thermal envelope. You can check out the specifications in the above chart.
Last but not least, we have the cheaper 300-series chipsets, namely H370, B360, H310 and Q370. Yes, Intel have finally expanded the range past Z370 which was introduced last October.
So far, the unlocked Z370 motherboards was the only option for users to pair with Coffee Lake CPUs, whether those chips were multiplier-locked or unlocked. The new mainstream motherboards provide more sensible foundations for budget builders eyeing Intel’s locked-down chips.
Spec-wise, the new chipsets don’t give up much to Z370 except for the loss of overclocking support which otherwise should already be disabled on your non-K CPUs. We’ll bring you more details on H370, B360 and H310 chipset based motherboards as soon as OEMs offer them. So stay tuned.