Intel’s new 8th gen desktop processors available for purchase beginning October 5th

Laurent Giret

Just a month after Intel launched its 8th gen Core i5/i7 mobile processors, the company announced yesterday its 8th Gen Core Desktop processors, to be available for purchase starting October 5th. Compared to the previous generation, Intel promises premium performance with Up to 32% faster 4K video editing, as well as better responsiveness with support for Intel Optane Memory.

The most powerful option is the Core i7-8700K ($359), which Intel describes as its “best gaming desktop processor ever.” On Gears of War 4, the company promises up to 195 FPS, which is up to 25% more FPS compared to its most powerful 7th gen processors. Cheaper options include the first 6-core Core i5 chips (up to $257) as well as the first 4-core Core i3 processors (up to $168). “The family offers a wide range of performance options for consumers with unlocked1 “K” processors that deliver maximum tuning flexibility at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability on graphics, storage and I/O,” explained the company in the press release. You can learn more about all the options in the chart below

Intel says that the first OEM PCs featuring its latest desktop processors will be available in Q4 2017. The company still has to announce its 8th Gen commercial and broad consumer processors, and it will do so in the first half of 2018.