Intel Expands 8th Gen Core: Core i9 on Mobile, Iris Plus, Desktop, Chipsets, and vProby Ian Cutress on April 3, 2018 3:01 AM EST
Coffee Lake Desktop Processors
The final part of the launch is focused around filling out the processor line-up for the desktop. Intel launched six Coffee Lake-based desktop processors back in October, so we have had almost a five month wait for the rest of the line to see the light of day. In this batch of processors we see the regular and low powered processors that normally sit in Intel’s strategy, as well as a number of Pentium and Celeron parts.
|Core i7-8700K||$359||6 / 12||95 W||3.7 / 4.7||12 MB||No||2666||24 EUs||1200|
|Core i7-8700||$303||6 / 12||65 W||3.2 / 4.6||12 MB||Yes||2666||24 EUs||1200|
|Core i7-8700T*||$303||6 / 12||35 W||2.4 / 4.0||12 MB||Yes||2666||24 EUs||1200|
For the Core i7 family, the new entrant is the Core i7-8700T. This will be the only six-core processor, with hyperthreading, to fall into the 35W bracket. It features the full L3 cache support, dual channel memory up to DDR4-2666, and is eligible for vPro support. It is worth noting that the 35W TDP value is only valid when the CPU is at its base frequency, which in this case is 2.4 GHz. At the peak turbo of 4.0 GHz, or for all-cores somewhere in the middle (again, Intel won’t specify), the power will obviously be higher.
|Core i5-8600K||$257||6 / 6||95 W||3.6 / 4.3||9 MB||No||2666||24 EUs||1150|
|Core i5-8600*||$213||6 / 6||65 W||3.1 / 4.3||9 MB||Yes||2666||24 EUs||1150|
|Core i5-8600T*||$213||6 / 6||35 W||2.3 / 3.7||9 MB||Yes||2666||24 EUs||1150|
|Core i5-8500*||$192||6 / 6||65 W||3.0 / 4.1||9 MB||Yes||2666||24 EUs||1100|
|Core i5-8500T*||$192||6 / 6||35 W||2.1 / 3.5||9 MB||Yes||2666||24 EUs||1100|
|Core i5-8400||$182||6 / 6||65 W||2.8 / 4.0||9 MB||No||2666||24 EUs||1050|
|Core i5-8400T*||$192||6 / 6||35 W||1.7 / 3.3||9 MB||No||2666||24 EUs||1050|
In the Core i5, most of the parts are new. As with the Core i5 desktop parts that are already launched, these have six-cores but do not have multithreading. They have a reduced L3 cache per core compared to the Core i7, and it is worth noting that the base frequency for the processors does not actually get that high – only 3.1 GHz for the Core i5-8600. All of the parts support dual channel DDR4-2666, and all but one processor supports vPro.
|Core i3-8350K||$168||4 / 4||91 W||4.0||8 MB||No||2400||23 EUs||1150|
|Core i3-8300*||$138||4 / 4||65 W||3.7||8 MB||No||2400||23 EUs||1150|
|Core i3-8300T*||$138||4 / 4||35 W||3.2||8 MB||No||2400||23 EUs||1100|
|Core i3-8100||$117||4 / 4||65 W||3.6||6 MB||No||2400||23 EUs||1100|
|Core i3-8100T*||$117||4 / 4||35 W||3.1||6 MB||No||2400||23 EUs||1100|
There are only three new members of the Core i3 section, all of which are quad-core processors. The two Core i3-8300/T parts have the peak 2MB L3 per core, while the Core i3-8100T only has 1.5 MB L3 per core. These parts are all reduced in memory frequency as well, supporting dual-channel DDR4-2400. Intel has no vPro parts in the Core i3 line, but all the Core i3 SKUs will support Optane.
|Pentium Gold G5600||$86||2 / 4||54 W||3.9||4 MB||2400||UHD 630||350 / 1100|
|Pentium Gold G5500||$75||2 / 4||54 W||3.8||4 MB||2400||UHD 630||350 / 1100|
|Pentium Gold G5500T||$75||2 / 4||35 W||3.2||4 MB||2400||UHD 630||350 / 1100|
|Pentium Gold G5400||$64||2 / 4||54 W||3.7||4 MB||2400||UHD 630||350 / 1050|
|Pentium Gold G5400T||$64||2 / 4||35 W||3.1||4 MB||2400||UHD 630||350 / 1050|
The Pentium Gold processors fit in where the older Core i3 processors once stood: dual core with hyperthreading. Intel rates the ‘full speed’ models at 54W, while the lower-power T-models are at 35W. One of the bigger disadvantages of these parts is the lack of Optane support, plus also the DDR4-2400 memory support, however they do fill up the lower cost market. Intel differentiates the Pentium Gold as having the latest Core microarchitecture compared to Pentium Silver which uses the Atom core design.
|Celeron G4920||$52||2 / 2||54 W||3.2||2 MB||2400||UHD 610||350 / 1050|
|Celeron G4900||$42||2 / 2||54 W||3.1||2 MB||2400||UHD 610||350 / 1050|
|Celeron G4900T||$42||2 / 2||35 W||2.9||2 MB||2400||UHD 610||350 / 1000|
No real fancy words for Celeron here: these are Intel’s dual core designs for the cheapest Intel-based PCs. Just pair one up with a H310 motherboard, a single stick of memory, and a cheap HDD, and there’s a PC. What is different is that Intel has dropped the 'G' in the SKU name in the document they gave us (such as G4920). We have seen other documents from Intel that have the G, so we need see why there is a discrepancy.
Update: ARK confirms that all the Celerons have 'G' in the name.
* New Parts
** Blank spots in tables will be filled in as we get information
Per-Core Turbo Ratios
Due to some sleuthing, and despite Intel's insistence these are proprietary information, we have all the official per-core turbo ratios for this processors.
The most interesting element to these values are the 35W low-powered T processors. In each case, the all core turbo is much, much higher than the base frequency. For example, the Core i5-8400T has a base frequency of 1.70 GHz, but the all-core turbo is set at 3.0 GHz - almost double. Given the fact that TDP is defined at the base frequency, it is quite clear that the all-core turbo mode suggested to motherboard manufacturers is going to blow that 35W limit on the i5-8400T.
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milkywayer - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkDisappointed to see no major desktop cpu releases. I want the next i7 in my workstation SFF. That along with the stuck-in-production GHOST S1 Or Dan Case A4 sff cases.
WinterCharm - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkDesktop will come much later... Intel always does this.
Y and U series chips >> Mobile chips >> desktop chips.
DanNeely - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkAre you reading the same article I am?
Page 4 has 20 (assuming I counted right) additional desktop parts as Intel's filled out the lineup started with a handful of mostly high end K parts last fall.
HStewart - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkI know desktop gamers will not like to hear this - but reality is the desktop market is shrinking and mobile market is where both where the money is at and is increasing performance so desktop market will go away one day.
Ratman6161 - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkThere are a lot of us out here who actually do work on desktop PC's. Don't forget that gaming is not the only usage. There is no laptop that is going to replace my three 24 inch monitors :)
rahvin - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkI have a laptop with 3 independent screens, if I opened the laptop I would have 4 screens. The number of screens has nothing to do with desktop/laptop.
FunBunny2 - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - link"The number of screens has nothing to do with desktop/laptop."
it's the keyboard that is most different.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkUSB ports.
kaidenshi - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - linkAnd at that point, why not just have a desktop PC? If it's a desk space issue, UCFF and SFF PCs can now rival full desktop performance. I guess there's the portability angle, you can take your "desktop" with you when you travel and work/game on the road. Otherwise, three large desktop monitors and USB or Bluetooth connected peripherals can be served equally well from a tower, UCFF PC, or a laptop.
Galid - Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - linkCan you open your desktop while on a plane, at the hotel, etc... You really want to carry monitor + keyboard + wires +++ while travelling? Facts are there, desktop market is shrinking and laptops are now almost as powerful as a desktop for a couple hundred dollars more. Whatever is the reason behind that, it is happening. I personally own both. Laptop to game at work and desktop to work at home.