Intel prepares Core i7-8700K to better fight AMD Ryzen

Intel preparing new 6-core CPUs to fight Ryzen onslaught.

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Intel is like a T-Rex fighting AMD with its little arms right now, with this fact compounded by the rumors of Intel preparing new 6-core CPU parts under the upcoming Coffee Lake CPU architecture for early-2018.

Intel prepares Core i7-8700K to better fight AMD Ryzen |

Intel is reportedly working on the flagship Core i7-8700K processor (6C/12T) at 3.7GHz base, and a lowered 95W TDP. Comparing the 8700K against the newly-released Core i9-7800X which has a 140W TDP, it would begin chomping on the heels of the 7800X very quickly - which is probably why Intel isn't launching the 8700K until next year, to give the 7800X some breathing room.

We're also to expect a non-K variant in the form of the Core i7-8700, which will reportedly roll out with a 3.2GHz base clock. There will also be new Core i5 models with up to 6 cores which would be the most interesting part of the Coffee Lake CPU architecture launch.

The new Core i5-8600K would rock 6C/6T @ 3.6GHz with the same 95W TDP as the higher-end 8700K, but it lacks Hyper-Threading so it's just a 6C/6T chip compared to the 8700K being a 6C/12T offering. There will be other Core i5 models with 6 cores, including the purported Core i5-8400 with a base clock of 2.8GHz, and TDP of 65W. These new Coffee Lake-based Core i5 processors will battle AMD's great value for money Ryzen 5 chips.

It's interesting to see Intel on their back foot, but this just continues their struggle - something I reported on back in February before the entire internet realized that Intel was in trouble. How much worse will it get?

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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