Intel Unveils the 8th Gen Intel Core Processor Family for Desktop, Featuring Intel’s Best Gaming Processor Ever

Newest Processors Deliver Premium Performance, with a Boost in Frame Rate of up to 25% Gen over Gen

News Release

September 24, 2017

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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2017 – Intel today announced that its new family of 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 5, 2017. The new desktop processor family is built for gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance. Ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7, these processors deliver premium performance for what comes next, opening the door for a new level of faster, easier and more immersive experiences.

This new family introduces the first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor. The family offers a wide range of performance options for consumers with unlocked1 “K” processors that deliver maximum tuning flexibility at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability on graphics, storage and I/O. These processors are supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards.

MORE: 8th Gen Intel Core (Press Kit) | 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (Product Brief) | 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors (Product Overview)

The top of the product stack – the Intel Core i7-8700K – is Intel’s best gaming desktop processor ever.2 It is capable of 4.7 GHz maximum single-core turbo frequency, the highest frequency ever from Intel thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, making it a performance powerhouse for both single and multi-threaded applications.

“We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs,” said Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel. “Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and – for gamers, in particular– offer an unbeatable experience.”

Powerful, Fluid and Vivid Gaming

Gamers will revel in the powerful and fluid experience of gaming. Compared with 7th Gen Intel Core, gamers gain up to 25 percent more frames per second3 on popular and powerful games like Gears of War* 4. As gaming continues to expand to include a social audience while playing, performance while mega-tasking is critical so game + stream + record is now up to 2 times faster5 compared with a 3-year-old machine.

Advanced Content Creation

Save time and create more. The 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family positions Intel as the choice for speed, accuracy, power, format compatibility and high-quality graphics creation and consumption. Edit 4K 360-degree videos with ease – up to 32 percent faster6 compared with the previous generation – plus, edit content up to 65 percent faster4 compared with a 3-year-old PC.

Better Overclocking1

Performance matters with overclocking. The 8th Gen Intel Core unlocked1 “K” processors will overclock to higher levels than prior generations. Intel has added new features to enhance the experience, including per core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery, and updated Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility and Intel® Extreme Memory Profile.

Enhanced Platform

For the platform, the new Intel Z370 chipset provides improved power delivery needed for the new 6-core processors to reach their maximum performance as well as enhanced package power delivery for overclocking and memory routing support. More than 50 new motherboard and system designs will be available from a variety of leading providers.

Launch games and load media projects faster. Add Intel® Optane™ memory to desktop computer with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor to gain additional accelerated system responsiveness, up to 2.1 times faster7 compared with a 5-year-old desktop with HDD alone.

8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be available beginning Oct. 5, 2017.

Additional product information can be found at https://newsroom.intel.com/press-kits/8th-gen-intel-core/.

A photo shows an 8th Gen Intel Core wafer. Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Available for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
A photo shows an 8th Gen Intel Core die. Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Available for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Available for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
Intel announces the desktop processors of the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family. Availiable for purchase on Oct. 5, 2017, they include Intel’s best desktop gaming processor ever. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

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Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to www.intel.com/benchmarks.

1Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance. Product warranties may not apply if the processor is operated beyond its specifications. Check with the manufacturers of system and components for additional details.

2As measured by a sampling of AAA game titles using the games’ benchmark mode measuring frames per second (FPS) on Intel Core i7-8700K processor.

3As measured by Gears of War* 4 Workload – benchmark mode – comparing Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor (6C/12T) vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700K processor (4C/8T)

4As measured by Photo Editing Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workload comparing Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor (6C/12T) vs. Intel® Core™ i7-4790K processor (4C/8T).

5As measured by Mega-tasking Gaming Scenario on Playerunknown’s battleground (PUGB) – benchmark mode – comparing Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor (6C/12T) vs. Intel® Core™ i7-4790K processor (4C/8T)

6As measured by 4K Video Adobe Premier Pro workload comparing Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor (6C/12T) vs. Intel® Core™ i7-7700K processor (4C/8T).

7As measured by SYSmark* 2014 SE (Second Edition) Responsiveness Subtest comparing Intel® Core™ i5-8400 (6C/6T) with 16GB Intel Optane Memory vs. Intel® Core™ i5-3470 processor without Intel® Optane™ memory.

Configurations

8th Gen: Intel® Core™ i7-8700K processor, PL1=95W TDP, 6C12T, Turbo up to 4.7GHz, Graphics: NVIDIA* GTX 1080Ti, Memory: 2x8GB, Storage: Intel SSD 545 Series 240GB, OS: Windows* 10 RS2

Gen-1: Intel® Core™ i7-7700K processor, PL1=91W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.5GHz, Graphics: NVIDIA* GTX 1080Ti, Memory: 2x8GB, Storage: Intel SSD 545 Series 240GB, OS: Windows* 10 RS2

3-year-old: Intel® Core™ i7-4790K processor, PL1=84W TDP, 4C8T, Turbo up to 4.4GHz, Graphics: NVIDIA* GTX 1080Ti, Memory: 2x8GB, Storage: Intel SSD 545 Series 240GB, OS: Windows* 10 RS2

5-year-old: Intel® Core™ i5-3470 processor, PL1=77W TDP, 4C4T, Turbo up to 3.6GHz, Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 2500, Memory: 2x8GB, Storage: Western Digital HDD Black 1TB, OS: Windows* 10 RS2

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