Intel’s Coffee Lake prices have emerged online thanks to a Canadian retailer PCCanada. The leaked data suggests that Intel is aiming for price targets that could bring a significant fight to AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors.
Intel Coffee Lake Prices: 8th Gen Core i7, Core i5 & Core i3 for $118 – $380 US
Intel has announced their first 8th Gen Core processors, known as the Kaby Lake Refresh, for low-power notebooks. There was no mention of the upcoming desktop chips, except the vague timescale of “Desktop in fall.”
PCCanada has already listed Intel 8th Gen desktop CPUs for backorder though none of the chips are in stock. The listing does not provide any specifications, but only the prices. All prices are in Canadian dollars, but we’ve converted to USD.
Keep in mind, the prices are not indicative of Intel’s final MSRPs, however, they do give us a good idea of overall pricing trends for the new processors.
The flagship Core i7-8700K features 6 cores and 12 threads clocked at 3.8GHz base, 4.7GHz maximum Turbo and 4.3GHz (all-core boost). It will be fully unlocked with a TDP rating of 95W. The chip will cost around $380 when it launches later this year.
The Core i7-8700 also features 6 cores and 12 threads, with 3.2GHz base clock, 4.6GHz max Turbo, and the same 4.3GHz all-core boost. The chip will have a TDP rating of 65W, and sell for $320.
Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5 chips also boast 6 cores but lack hyper-threading capabilities. The Core i5-8600K will run at a base clock speed of 3.6GHz which can boost up to 4.1GHz (6 core) and 4.3GHz max Turbo. The chip is rated at 95W TDP, and will cost you around $266.
The other six-core, six-thread chip, called the Core i5-8400, will be priced at $185. It has clock speeds of 2.8GHz base, 4GHz max Turbo, and 3.8GHz all-core Turbo. The TDP rating of the chip is 65W.
Finally, we’ll have at least two Core i3 chips, both of which featuring 4 cores and 4 threads. The Core i3-8350K will have a 4.0GHz base clock speed and a TDP of 95W. The chip will cost $182.
The Core i3-8100 will have a lower clock speed of 3.6GHz, and will sell for only $118. The Core i3 parts won’t feature boost clocks but rather a more stable base clock speed.
Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake Lineup:
|Cores/Threads||Base Clock||Boost Clock (Max)||All-Core Boost||L3 Cache||TDP||Price|
|Core i7-8700K||6/12||3.8GHz||4.7GHz||4.3GHz||12 MB||95W||$380|
|Core i7-8700||6/12||3.2GHz||4.6GHz||4.3GHz||12 MB||65W||$320|
|Core i5-8600K||6/6||3.6GHz||4.3GHz||4.1GHz||9 MB||95W||$266|
|Core i5-8400||6/6||2.8GHz||4.0GHz||4.0GHz||9 MB||65W||$185|
|Core i3-8350K||4/4||4.0GHz||N/A||N/A||8 MB||95W||$182|
|Core i3-8100||4/4||3.6GHz||N/A||N/A||6 MB||65W||$118|
Intel Coffee Lake desktop chips to require 300 Series Motherboards
A sneak peek at the retail packaging of Intel’s 8th Gen Core i7 and Core i5 processors confirms that Coffee Lake in desktop form will, in fact, require a new 300 series chipset-based motherboard.
Even though the upcoming processors are expected to use the same LGA 1151 socket as Kaby Lake, they aren’t going to work with Z170- or Z270-series motherboards.
In comparison, AMD’s AM4 motherboards will be around until at least 2020. This might drive some users in need of an upgrade toward the Ryzen CPU lineup.
Another interesting tidbit revealed by the packaging is that the new Coffee Lake processors will use the same “Intel Graphics 630” as the existing chips—which is something unual for a new processor generation from Chipzilla.
Furthermore, the Coffee Lake platform will feature integrated USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) technology. It will support the company’s next-gen Optane memory, Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort 1.4, DDR4-2666 memory, and up to 24 PCI-E lanes.
Intel’s 8th Gen desktop chips will use the updated 14nm++ process node. If these leaked Coffee Lake prices are accurate, it suggests that Intel is going to give a tough time to AMD in the mainstream segment where the latter is positioned pretty solid.
Which chip comes out on top is yet to be seen, but we’ll know soon as Intel is expected to launch the net-gen desktop chips in the next couple of months.