Intel’s 8th generation series of processors is expected to launch early next month after a string of leaks. If this new information is to be believed, it’s very likely that the launch date for the new Coffee Lake Z370 motherboards and i7 8700K processor is October 5th.
After VideoCardz gave a first look at six ASRock Z370 motherboards and subsequently the MSI Z370 Godlike, shelf-dates started to appear surrounding October 5th. Since then, a stock supply screenshot from a UK retailer has surfaced on reddit showing the same date of launch for the Intel Core i7-8700K.
Alongside this posting are retail listings popping up left and right according to WCCFTech, and while the information such as clock speeds are subject to change, this is a good indication that the October placeholder is true to either distribution or retail.
This will mark the first time that the chipmaker has introduced mainstream 6-core processors as well as budget friendly quad-core CPUs, with the 8700K acting as Coffee Lake’s flagship. This is all in direct response to AMD’s success with Ryzen, although this new line is not likely to compete with the high-end Threadripper.
If this is the official release date of the 8700K, the standard-clock model along with the i5 and i3 models are surely not far behind. More information can be expected in the near future, hopefully in a more official capacity.
KitGuru Says: Intel should have introduced mainstream 6-core processors a lot sooner than this, but such is business with no competition. It’s good to see AMD strong on its feet to direct more consumer friendly behaviour.