Intel Introduces New Coffee Lake CPUs And Chipsets
Intel first introduced the Coffe Lake CPUs a couple of months ago, but the number of available processors was fairly low with just a two Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 models each. In addition, there was only one available chipset, Z370 which is rather high-end and thus fairly expensive.
To fill the gap, Intel is now introducing a bunch of other Coffee Lake processors as well three new and cheaper chipsets. In total, there will be one new Core i7 chip, no less than five Core i5 CPUs and the Core i3 assortment gets expanded with three new models. Intel is also releasing five new Pentium-class processors as well as three low-end Celeron CPUs.
The new chipsets made available are the H370, H310 and the B360, each with their own characteristics. There’s also a Q370 variant for business users. These processors can be considered as successors of the Kaby Lake chipsets, the H270, H110 and B260 respectively.
The most important change is the integration of USB 3.1 Gen 2 in the H370 and B360 chipsets, with up to four ports. Motherboard manufacturers will no longer have to include a separate controller chip from a third party. The cheapest new Coffee Lake chipset, the H310, doesn’t offer support for this feature.
Also new in the chipsets is the built-in Wi-Fi chip, which sounds like a great option for smaller mini-ATX or mITX motherboards. The main difference between these new chipsets compared to the high-end Z370 is the number of available PCIe lanes. The H370 has 20 PCIe lanes, while the B360 features 12 and the H310 only features 6, which are also PCIe 2.0 instead of PCIe 3.0. The high-end Z370 chipset features 24 PCIe lanes.
Additionally, you won’t be able to overclock the CPU on the B- and H motherboards and there’s no raid support for the B360 and H310. The latter also lacks support for Intel Optane technology.
In terms of new Coffee Lake processors, the Core i7 8700T is the fastest new addition with 6 cores, 12 threads, a 2.4 GHz clock speed and a TDP of 35W. It’s the energy-efficient version of the regular Core i7 8700 and will retail for the same price.
The Core i5 8600 is the non-unlocked version of the previously released 8600K, and there will also be a T-version available with lower clock speeds and a lower TDP. Positioned slightly below the 8600 are the Core i5 8500, Core i5 8500T and Core i5 8400T CPUs.
The Core i3 assortment also expands with a Core i3 8300, with four cores, a 3,7 GHz clock speed and 65W TDP. A Core i3 8300T and a Core i3 8100T running at 3,1 GHz were also announced.
For the lower end computers, Intel has announced the Pentium Gold G5600, G5500, G5500T, G5400 and G5400T dual-core CPU’s with clock speeds going from 3,9 GHz to 3,1 GHz. The cheapest new Coffe Lake processors will be the Celeron G4920, G4900, and the G4900T, which are dual-cores without Hyperthreading.
The new Intel Coffee Lake CPU’s should hit the shelves in the coming days.