Where are all the Coffee Lake CPUs?

Are Intel’s newest CPUs missing in action?

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Officially launched yesterday to glowing reviews, Intel’s newest platform, Coffee Lake, is a sure bet to be coveted by PC enthusiasts and users still holding on to aging Sandy Bridge gaming PCs. The new CPUs are seen by many as a direct response to AMD’s successful launch of its Ryzen platform back in March. It had been previously hinted that only a few of the Coffee Lake CPUs and motherboards would be available for launch, but finding those parts is proving to be very difficult for PC gamers itching to upgrade.

The possibility that Coffee Lake would face a holiday season shortage was initially reported by the folks over at SweClockers earlier this week. The report claimed that CPU availability would be incredibly scarce through the end of November and that normal retail propagation would not be seen until the beginning of 2018.

In the States, online retailers Amazon and NewEgg offered extremely limited availability of the CPUs in the wee hours of October 4, ahead of the official launch. Since then, the only one of the Coffee Lake CPUs that has been available is the Core i5-8400. Typically, gamers flock towards the K-series Intel CPUs and the Coffee Lake-based Core i5-8600K and Core i7-8700K are nowhere to be found. US retailer Microcenter, known for pricing components based on demand, has the 8700K listed at $499, more than $130 over MSRP, though it has none in stock as of this writing.

Retail scarcity of Coffee Lake could lead to price gouging, as was seen a few years ago after the launch of Intel’s Skylake-based Core i7-6700K, which saw the CPU regularly sell for over $400. For right now, those craving a sip of Coffee Lake will need to buddy up to their preferred retailers or be willing to play the F5 game on their PC part retail websites of choice. For more information on Coffee Lake, check out our review roundup.

Contributing Tech Editor

Chris Jarrard likes playing games, crankin' tunes, and looking for fights on obscure online message boards. He understands that breakfast food is the only true food. Don't @ him.

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    October 6, 2017 7:15 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Where are all the Coffee Lake CPUs?

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      October 6, 2017 7:32 AM

      Where have all the flowers gone?

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      October 6, 2017 7:37 AM

      Bought up for coffee enemas.

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      October 6, 2017 7:47 AM

      I ate them all.

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      October 6, 2017 8:11 AM

      yah seems like they are in very short supply

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      October 6, 2017 10:21 AM

      I. Drink. Your. Coffeelake. I DRINK IT UP!

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        October 6, 2017 11:44 AM

        After that movie came out and the meme started, I just walked around wanting a milkshake for months.

        Now I just want a COFFEE milkshake from the mad greek place in baker

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      October 6, 2017 10:44 AM

      This sucks. I've ordered everything for my new PC, include a Z370 mobo and just need to find stock on the CPU itself. :/

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        October 6, 2017 11:11 AM

        yah i had that issue with Skylake about 2yrs ago.. took me maybe 40-45 days to find a CPU in stock and get an order in.

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          October 6, 2017 11:20 AM

          I did a lot of F5'ing and got one for $10 over MSRP in the first 20 days or so.

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        October 6, 2017 8:14 PM

        You should have went with Ryzen

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      October 6, 2017 12:17 PM

      I stuffed them in my butt.

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        October 6, 2017 12:42 PM

        OP never said anything about selling out of rubber gloves!

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        October 6, 2017 8:00 PM

        What don't you?

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      October 6, 2017 12:55 PM

      Wasn't planning to build a new machine til January anyway :(

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      October 6, 2017 7:58 PM

      When are they releasing the laptop CPUs?

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        October 6, 2017 8:14 PM

        Coffeelake is just Kablylake cores anway, and they won't put 6 cores in laptops this gen either, so there's nothing to wait for unless you want to get super speculative about late next year.

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          October 6, 2017 8:20 PM

          I'm looking to get a new laptop and I just figured that's when most laptops will get refreshed too.

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            October 6, 2017 9:07 PM

            They actually get new cores first.