We all know that Intel’s upcoming 8th Generation Coffee Lake processors is no longer a rumor. It will come, but when and what processors are we expecting from the next generation. A few days ago, a specs sheet of three 6-core Intel processors surfaced on the internet. A CPU-Z screenshot of a 6-core Intel core processor also surfaced, alleged to be the upcoming Core i7 8700K. Recent leaks and rumors don’t seem to confirm the name “i7 8700K”; but let’s just assume that the 8700K would be the flagship of this generation following the naming scheme (6700K and 7700K). A little bit more details below.
Intel Core i7 8700K 8th Gen Coffee Lake Specs Surfaced
Based on the “leaked” specification sheet which is believed to be the specs of the upcoming 8th generation Intel Core processors, the Core i7 8700K is a 6-core / 12 threads processor with a 95W TDP. It’s still based on a 14nm fabrication process and will make use of the LGA 1151 socket; similar to what Skylake and Kaby Lake processors are using. I just hope the Coffee Lake processors would also be backwards compatible to the 100 and 200 series motherboards.
The Core i7 8700K will also have 12MB of L3 cache and a base clock speed of 3.7GHz, with a boost clock speed starting from 4.3GHz to 4.7GHz. To be exact, it will have a 4.3 GHz 6-core turbo speed; 4.4GHz 4-core turbo speed, 4.6GHz 2 core turbo speed and 4.7GHz 1 core turbo speed. The max 4.7GHz is not going to happen on all cores, not unless you manually overclock it. This is somewhat similar to the current Ryzen processors. I noticed that boost clock speeds on my 1700 and 1700X doesn’t happen on all cores at the same time, unless overclocked manually.
Note: Clock speeds I mentioned above are from another rumor and it doesn’t match the clock speeds on the specs table below. Take all leaks and rumors with a grain of salt.
Next there are other two processors on the spec sheet. The other one has lower clock speeds but could still be an unlocked processor. Meanwhile, the third processor is a 65W CPU with slightly lower clock speeds than the alleged Core i7-8700K. If we compare these specs vs the current Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 lineup, it would appear that Intel’s upcoming CPUs have higher clock speeds, higher IPC and probably better when it comes to gaming. The only question is how much these new processors would cost us.
Intel 8th Gen Coffee Lake CPU Specifications