Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake CPU architecture could be exciting for the mid-range Core i3 processors, with leaked performance of the new Core i3-8350K showing very promising results.
The leaked Core i3-8350K performance teases the 4C/4T processor @ 4GHz will have multi-threaded performance that will battle against Intel's higher-end Core i7-7700K processor. In leaked benchmarks, we see that the Core i3-8350K scores 503.3 points in single-threaded performance, while the 7700K scores 492 points.
Even the multi-threaded performance is impressive, with the Core i3-8350K pushing 1982 points against the 7700K and its 2648... but remember the Core i7-7700K is a 4C/8T part, with double the CPU threads, but not double the multi-threaded CPU performance.
Since most games don't really need or use 8+ CPU cores, the 4C/4T performance from the Core i3-8350K at the right price (under $200) would be huge for Intel. Especially given the increased threat from AMD in the form of Ryzen, but if the 8350K ends up beating Intel's gaming oriented 7700K, things could get real interesting, really fast.