Fifth time’s the charm. At least that seems to be the case with Intel’s fifth round of processors based on the 14nm manufacturing process.
After the release of the laptop-focused Kaby Lake Refresh chips in August 2017, Intel finally released the 9th-generation Coffee Lake processors about a year ago, along with a fresh lineup of the best motherboards.
What particularly shocked us is that even in the face of extremely tough competition from AMD, Intel is still at the top of the sales charts with Coffee Lake, even if its lead is starting to wane.
Even after AMD knocked it out of the park with Ryzen 2nd Generation, Intel and its Coffee Lake processors aren’t going anywhere – especially now that Coffee Lake Refresh is right around the corner. Either way, keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll keep it updated with all the latest and greatest Coffee Lake news.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Intel's 8th-generation desktop CPU architecture
- When is it out? October 5th, 2017
- What will it cost? From $117 (about £85, AU$145) – $359 (about £265, AU$450)
Intel Coffee Lake release date
Later into 2017, the Santa Clara chipmaker came out and teased an August 21 livestream reveal of its 8th-generation processors, which turned out to be a refresh of its 7th-generation processors for Ultrabooks and laptops, called Kaby Lake Refresh.
Intel Coffee Lake wasn’t announced until September 15, 2017, followed by the first desktop chips hitting the streets on October 5, 2017. Then the CPU game calmed down for a little bit until April 2018, when Intel launched Coffee Lake mobile processors, alongside some big name laptops like the MSI GS65 Stealth. At the same time, Intel launched some U-series processors, but they’re only made it to a few notable laptops, like the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018.
We also saw Intel’s low-power T-Series desktop chips around the same time – though you’ll more likely find these processor in pre-built PCs rather than on a computer store shelf..
Back at Computex 2018, Intel announced the Intel Core i7-8086K, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is available today. This beast of a chip rocks the same 6-cores and 12-threads as the Intel Core i7 8700K, but they’re clocked significantly higher.
Intel Coffee Lake price
Arguably the most elusive aspect of Coffee Lake leading up to its canonical announcement was pricing. Aside from looking at the processor market AMD Ryzen rewrote, we didn’t have much to base our speculation upon..
Luckily, Intel has revealed a total rundown of the latest 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips since their announcement. And with that reveal, we finally knew that the Santa Clara tech behemoth was going to unleash an entire assortment of processors with a wide range of different prices.
Starting with the cheapest Core i3 chips the Coffee Lake series is priced as follows:
- Intel Core i3-8100 – $119 (£109, AU$165)
- Intel Core i3-8300 – $149 (£139, AU$209)
- Intel Core i3-8350K – $184 (£154, AU$246)
- Intel Core i5-8400 – $199 (£179, AU$268)
- Intel Core i5-8500 – $209 (£199, AU$289)
- Intel Core i5-8600 – $229 (£218, AU$329)
- Intel Core i5-8600K – $259 (£259, AU$365)
- Intel Core i7-8700 – $341 (£319, AU$459)
- Intel Core i7-8700K – $359 (£389, AU$524)
- Intel Core i7-8086K – $425 (£419, AU$629)
Intel Coffee Lake specs
Let’s break it down: although all of the 8th-generation Coffee Lake chips are still manufactured on the 14nm node, Intel has proven that there’s still plenty of life in the process yet.
Again, starting from the ground up, the Intel Core i3 chips this time boast 4-cores each for the first time in the mainstream CPU space. What’s more, whereas the Intel Core i3-8100 takes advantage of four cores and four threads running at 3.6GHz, the unlocked Core i3-8350K totes the same number of cores and threads, but instead opts for a base frequency of 4GHz.
As for the Core i5 range, the plain Intel Core i5-8400 is a now a hexa-core monster, bearing 6-cores and 6-threads. Moreover, its base clock is 2.8GHz, and it operates at 4GHz with Turbo Boost.
Meanwhile the Core i5-8600K also squeezes six cores and six threads into the 14nm chip while brandishing base/boost speeds of 3.6GHz and 4.3GHz, respectively.
Then you’ve got the Intel Core i7-8700 and i7-8700K. The former is yet another 6-core demon, albeit with double the number of threads as the i5-8600K. Its overclockable analogue, the Intel Core i7-8700K, poses a threat to the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, sporting 6-cores, 12-threads and base/boost clock speeds of 3.7GHz/4.7GHz.
Then, rounding out the Core i7 Coffee Lake CPUs, you have the Intel Core i7 8086K, which a 6-core 12-thread chip, clocked at 4.0GHz with a whopping 5.0GHz boost clock. This makes it the highest-clocked consumer chip Intel has released. Fitting way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Intel 8086 processor.
And, following the announcement for the anticipated H-Series Coffee Lake Processors, including the Core i9-8950HK, clocked at 2.9GHz with a 4.8GHZ boost clock, we’re going to see some blazing fast laptops powered by these 6-core, 12-thread behemoths. Intel has also announced a new line of low-powered T-series desktop CPUs that should effectively fill out the budget segment of the CPU market.
That’s all we know for now. We’ve seen a wide array of 8th-generation Coffee Lake processors, including a few Coffee Lake processors for laptops to mark the end of the series.
There still a ton of news to come. Per our usual advice, we encourage you return to this page periodically for in-depth coverage of the latest Intel Coffee Lake reveals.
- Be sure to check out "AMD Ryzen 2nd Generation"
Bill Thomas and Joe Osborne have also contributed to this report