Intel's latest line makes deciding your choice of processor for the desktop so much easier.

Steve Smith talks about Intel's Coffee Lake line, points out how easy it is to choose a processor, whether it is an i3, i5 or i7, and the fact the mainboard selection is currently simplified.

Episode #8-31 released on March 25, 2018

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Intel's 8th generation CPU, code named Coffee Lake, is the first time that we have more explanation to do than before. Intel didn't make each of the processors as cut and dry as before, so today, this episode we talk about the possibilities now available to you, and what each family of processors can do for you, whether it is the i3, i5 or i7, and as usual, which motherboards you should get in response to potential requirements.

Let's start off with the i3 processors of the Intel 8th generation. They now come in 2 or 4 native cores. This is big, this is the first time you can get a native 4 core i3 processor. The dual core i3 processor still supports hyperthreading, however, the two 4 core i3 processors do not support hyperthreading. The dual core, also, goes from 2.20GHZ to 3.4GHZ, has smart cache, and more. Unfortunately, that specific CPU is for mobile only. However, the two 4 core i3 processors are for the desktop. And you can expect to find those with a clock speed of 3.60GHZ or 4.00GHZ depending on which one you acquire.

The i5 series of the 8th generation Intel processor line up has, also, changed. While, the mobile arena has 4 core options, the desktop finally enjoys 6 native cores, with turbo boost, ranging with clock speeds of 2.80GHZ with a max turbo of 4.00GHZ for the i5-8400 or 3.60GHZ with a max turbo of 4.30GHZ for the i5-8600K. This is big because Intel has never given consumers so many cores in a mid-tier consumer processor before.

But wait, we aren't done yet. The i7 8th generation Intel consumer line gets even more interesting. We get 6 native cores, hyperthreading and turbo boost, which has the i7-8700 going from a base clock of 3.20GHZ to 4.60GHZ, and the i7-8700K getting a base clock of 3.70GHZ up to 4.7GHZ. Each of these beasts has 12 threads of processing power. With the only issue being that we can only get 16 PCIE lanes to this day.

Now, mainboard choices are made simpler for this generation, to this day. If you are interested in an 8th generation Intel Processor, you are left with only one choice of mainboard, one with the Z370 chipset. While the 8th generation Intel processor uses the 1151 socket for this processor, the same as the 7th generation Intel processor, only the Z370 platform is compatible with the 8th generation Intel Processor.

Host : Steve Smith | Music : | Editor : Steve Smith | Producer : Zed Axis Dot Net

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