Less than a year after Intel launched the Kaby Lake mainstream desktop computing platform, the company is expected to have its successor, Coffee Lake, on store shelves within the month. The Kaby Lake parts arrived in early January of this year, lead by the current PC gaming king, the Core i7-7700K. While the 7700K was a quadcore CPU with hyper-threading, its Coffee Lake descendant, the Core i7-8700K will sport 6 cores while still retaining the hyper-threading support. Videocardz is reporting that the new CPU could be arriving sometime around October 5th.
New motherboards are also arriving with the new CPU. These boards will be based on Intel’s Z370 chipset and be loaded to the gills with RGBs and m.2 slots. While the new Coffee Lake CPUs share the 1151 socket with the Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, the Coffee Lake CPUs will not work on older Z170 or Z270 motherboards.
Leaked shot of the MSI Godlike Z370 via VideoCardz.com
For years, Intel went mostly unchallenged in the mainstream gaming platform arena. This changed in March of this year when AMD launched its new Ryzen platform. The new Ryzen CPUs offered more cores than Intel for the money and are demonstrably superior in most heavily-threaded workloads. For users interested only in gaming performance, the Intel 7700K was still the superior performer, but AMD finally had competitive parts that offered a superior value for many use cases. The 8700K is expected to help Intel pull closer to AMD in multi-threaded performance while still providing enthusiast-class gaming performance.