Intel’s first 8th-gen Core processors may be quad-core laptop chips code-named “Kaby Lake Refresh,” but the company also plans to launch the first 8th-gen desktop chips this fall. And box art for new Core i5 and Core i7 processors posted to the Intel website confirm something we’d been hearing about the upcoming desktop chips: they’ll be 6-core processors.

Update: Intel has removed the box art from its website and replaced it with generic Core i5 and Core i7 logos, saying the boxes “were not representative” of the chips that are currently launching, because, you know, these desktop chips aren’t coming until later this year. 

suspect that these new desktop processors may be part of the Coffee Lake lineup, but I was caught offguard when Intel unveiled the Kaby Lake-R name, so I’m not going to place any bets that these new chips are indeed Coffee Lake.

am pretty sure that we’re looking at box art for some of the chips that had leaked recently.

It’s also worth noting that the box for the Core i7 processor says the chip supports hyperthreading, “for 12-way multitasking.” The Core i5 chip does not mention hyperthreading, which is also in line with leaked details for the upcoming Core i5-8400 and Core i5-8600K chips.

Both of the new chips are said to feature Intel UHD Graphics 630, which is most likely just a new name for the Intel HD Graphics 630 available in 7th-gen chips.

Other items listed on the box include:

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
  • Intel Smart Cache Technology
  • Supports Intel Optane Memory
  • Supports two-channel DDR4
  • Requires Intel 300 Series chipset-based motherboard

thanks anonymous tipster!

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3 replies on “8th-gen Intel Core desktop chips go hexa-core”

  1. All the information so far points to a slightly increased efficiency, and sacrificing single-core performance for extra cores and threads. A great trade-off in my book, but it makes Intel look even less special next to Ryzen.

    Yet, apparently Intel is claiming a 11% IPC improvement… which sings songs of when they claimed Kaby Lake was 15% IPC improved over Sky Lake, obviously it was a marketing lie.

  2. Seems like AMD Ryzen is forcing Intel to actually improve their products and not only gauge the market.

  3. 8700k 6C/12T base clock 3.8GHz, turbo all cores up to 4.3GHz and single core 4.7GHz
    8700 6C/12T base clock 3.2GHz, turbo all cores up to 4.3GHz and single core 4.6GHz
    8600k 6C/6T base clock 3.8GHz, turbo all cores up to 4.1GHz and single core 4.3GHz
    8400 6C/6T base clock 2.8GHz, turbo all cores up to 3.8GHz and single core 4GHz
    8350k 4C/4T all clocks at 4GHz
    8100 4C/4T all clocks at 3.6GHz

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