Intel Core i7-8700K overclocked reaches 4.8GHz on air

Joanna Estrada
September 25, 2017

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.

Along with the regular processors, Intel will also be selling unlocked "K" processors targeting power users.

The 8th-gen Core i5 and Core i3 chips in the lineup might be more interesting for consumers.

In an announcement made yesterday, Intel talked about their 8th Gen Core processors based on what we know as the Coffee Lake architecture. Coffee Lake processors are fabbed at 14nm, similar to Kaby Lake, Skylake and Broadwell. But Intel hasn't used that name to refer the chips they have optimized for gamers, content creators, and overclockers.

All in all, the Core i7-8700K hitting 4.8GHz on ALL 6C/12T threads is pretty damn good. This enables multiple processing "threads" to run on each core, while also increasing processor throughput and improving overall performance on threaded software. The new CPUs will require Intel's Z370 chipset-based motherboards, so they're not at all compatible with whatever model you have right now. Intel said this is important as the new six-core chips need this to achieve their maximum performance. More than 50 new motherboard and system designs will be available from a variety of leading providers.

Intel's focus on gamers is likely for two reasons. In addition, some observers have suggested that rival AMD has been struggling to win over gamers with its rival Ryzen chips, which have otherwise helped it take market share from Intel.

The top of the stack is "Intel Core i7-8700K" which is touted as the company's best gaming desktop processor ever.

Intel claims that 8th gen dekstop processors will offer up to 25 percent more frames per second on popular games when compared with 7 Gen Intel Core processors.

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