Intel Coffee Lake

Intel Coffee Lake – The Fear of Competition

Intel has just released the Coffee lake CPUs line up after the AMD Ryzen CPUs took over the market with more cores and same performance … for less money.

Applications taking advantage of more cores and threads were also taking into account for this next release. The i5 has now 2 more cores and the i7 was upgraded from 4 cores 8 threads from previous generations to 6 cores and 12 threads.

Single CPU core dependable software has always performed well under the Intel processors, usually ahead of the AMD counterparts, but adding more cores will help to keep up in the multi threaded tasks of nowadays applications and operating systems.

The overclocking advanced features found in Kaby Lake processors are built into the new line up, with some earlier tests going over 5GHz, you just need an unlocked processor, and not all came with that potential enabled.

Intel Coffee Lake

The Intel i7 8700K is clearly aimed for the AMD 1800X take down, and it shows a little performance improvement for daily use software, and some greater differences on gaming tests. The i5 8600K will outperform the Ryzen 1600X in most games too, while keeping the same performance in real life software.

In years of CPU refresh releases, is Coffee Lake to be the performance upgrade that Intel users were asking for a long time? Renaming CPU’s with little to no changes in performance and features got AMD jumping ahead and grabbing a good slice of the market.

It was needed for AMD Ryzen get to the market so Intel could launch their line with extra cores. So much for features and performance improvements as we will see below.

Ryzen 1700 and 1700x both have 8 cores and 16 threads for under $400, showing it can be affordable to make a CPU much better than Intel old line up. And the answer form Intel was rushing these “new” CPU’s.

It is almost shocking to see Intel in panic while AMD slowly and steadily gains market share. This was rushed to the market, but these CPU’s should be done long ago, while Intel keeps selling the same old “innovation”, milking the consumer cow that blindly follows a supposed leader.

Unfortunately, motherboards supporting the Coffee Lake CPU’s are still expensive, with only a few releases of the Z370 chipset (the Coffee Lake supporting chip) in the market and loaded with features for the unlocked processors.

Intel Coffee Lake

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The budget Z370 B and H series will only be available in 2018, those who are on the market for a low-cost Intel system and don’t need an unlocked processor, this launch is not helpful at all. Giving rise to AMD still taking the lead on the middle-low performance market, users won’t buy a motherboard with features not available for the processor of their choice, and will probably go to the AMD side for the same performance but some savings on the motherboard side.

Simplified Comparison features:

AMD Ryzen 7 1700

  • 8 cores/16 threads, 3.0GHz base/3.2GHz turbo – $299
  • Cinebench R15 Score (content creation/rendering use) – 1429
  • PC Mark 10 Score (daily common applications use) – 4700
  • Unigine Heaven Score (gaming performance simulation) – 160

Intel i7 8700

  • 6 cores/12 threads, 3.2GHz base/4.3GHz turbo – $319
  • Cinebench R15 Score (content creation/rendering use) – 1412
  • PC Mark 10 Score (daily common applications use) – 6011
  • Unigine Heaven Score (gaming performance simulation) – 180

Intel shows it is faster in real world software and daily normal CPU use, while losing a bit performance for AMD on content creation rendering and software taking advantage of the extra threads, but hardly noticeable most of the time. The 2 extra cores only help AMD in minimum situations, at gaming the added cores will not provide different results, instead, the variable frame rate of gaming performance when not GPU bound, it is always better on the Intel side.

Above 1080p there is not a noticeable difference in frame rates since we get GPU bound and the different processor doesn’t change things dramatically.

DDR 4 – 2666MHz is officially supported by all motherboards of both processors, above that value some Intel Z370 chipsets show to be prepared, but it’s a risk and a small noticeable difference.