Intel Announces Availability of Core X 14-, 16- and 18-core processors

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This new 8 Gen family line-up introduces the world's first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor.

Today Intel announced the launch of its new line up of 8 Generation Core series for Desktop PCs.

Graphically intense games like Just Cause 3, Doom, and Grand Theft Auto V are about to get some performance help thanks to Intel's new 8th-Gen Core processors made specifically for big desktop machines (i.e. gaming rigs), which, the company claims, can boost frame rates by up to 25% over the previous 7th-Gen Core desktop CPUs.

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Moving on to the new Core i5 offerings, these are both six-core, six-thread models, led by the Core i5-8600K which has a base clock of 3.6GHz and turbo to 4.3GHz, with 9MB of cache and a TDP of 95W. The processor will be available on the 5th October with pricing to be announced soon.

The 4GHz Core i3-8350K and 3.6GHz Core i3-8100 cost $168 (Rs 10,884) and $117 (Rs 7,580), respectively.

The 8th Gen Intel Core unlocked1 "K" processors bring overclocking to the table. The Core i3 is bumped from a 2C/4T configuration (two cores, four threads) to a quad-core without Hyper-Threading. Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the desktop platform group at Intel, suggested it is a better gaming chip than the Core i9-7800X, which, despite the same number of cores/threads, faster memory, and more PCIe lanes, can't match the i7-8700K when it comes to optimized single-threaded performance. The unlocked multiplier isn't the sole attraction though, as Intel highlights the ability to indulge in per core overclocking, with max memory ratio up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, and extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery, and make use of the updated Intel Extreme Tuning Utility. These new boards officially support DDR4-2666, integrate Thunderbolt 3 and push Optane Memory, which is certainly an improvement over mechanical HDDs with it being 2.1 times faster, however struggles to outmatch SSDs. Intel is keen to stress how good its processors are at gaming, attacking one of the criticisms levelled at AMD's Ryzen processors. Be aware that these chips are only compatible with Intel's new Z370 chipset, so you'll also have to be willing to shell out for a new motherboard as well. All of the recently new launched 6 processors are based on the "14nm ++" Coffee Lake architecture of Intel. The prices of these CPUs are also higher as compared to the previous generation so expect to pay around $400 for the Intel Core i7-8700K.