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Intel’s 8th-gen Core processor range for desktop and gaming arrives 5 October

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Promising “premium performance” for its “best gaming processor ever”, featuring a “boost in frame rate rate ‘of up to’ 25% gen over gen”, Intel is pulling out all the stops to outshine the land of AMD’s Ryzen sun.

The war between AMD and Intel has risen to a new pitch following AMD’s stunning Ryzen and Ryzen Pro reveals earlier this year, with Intel suddenly discovering it too is able to go beyond 4 cores in its brand new 8th Gen Intel Core processor range, and delivering its “first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5” processor, as if such advancements were too difficult to release before.

Of course, they weren’t, but when you’re the King you can roll out the goodies on your own timeframe, unless a challenger arrives on the “ho-ryzen”, in which case timescales are flipped and good things start happening a lot faster than they used to.

Naturally, AMD would have expected this, which will only spur the company to greater competitive heights, and so on and so forth with Intel, thus making the ultimate winners those that should always be winning: end-users who pay for all of this with the contents of their wallets.

So what we have today is Intel announcing its recently announced 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will finally come to market and be available for purchase from 5 October.

Intel has chosen its target market carefully: gamers, for whom performance is paramount, and also “content creators and overclockers” who also require premium performance.

As you’d expect, the processors in question are the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 range, with Intel cleverly having an eye to the future by stating these processors “deliver premium performance for what comes next,” which is presumably yet another version of Windows 10 enhanced by mixed and virtual reality, while also “opening the door for a new level of faster, easier and more immersive experiences".

Within this range comes Intel’s “first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor".

In addition, Intel tells us its “family offers a wide range of performance options for consumers with unlocked1 ‘K’ processors that deliver maximum tuning flexibility at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability on graphics, storage and I/O".

It also states “these processors are supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards".

Intel proudly boasts that the “top of the product stack — the Intel Core i7-8700K — is Intel’s best gaming desktop processor ever, capable of 4.7 GHz maximum single-core turbo frequency, the highest frequency ever from Intel thanks to Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, making it a performance powerhouse for both single and multi-threaded applications".

Anand Srivatsa, general manager of Intel's Desktop Platform Group, said: “We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs. Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and — for gamers, in particular — offer an unbeatable experience.”

No doubt Intel’s primary competitor has something to say about that.

That said, Intel nevertheless talks up “powerful, fluid and vivid gaming,” promising that “gamers will revel in the powerful and fluid experience of gaming".

Compared with 7th Gen Intel Core, Intel says “gamers gain up to 254 more frames per second on popular and demanding games like Gears of War 4” and that “as gaming continues to expand to include a social audience while playing, performance while mega-tasking is critical so game + stream + record is now up to two times faster compared with a three-year-old machine".

Then there’s the promise of “advanced content creation,” which will help you to “save time and create more".

Intel says its “8th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family positions” the company’s processors “as the choice for speed, accuracy, power, format compatibility and high-quality graphics creation and consumption".

Want to edit 4K 360-degree videos with ease? Intel promises “up to 32% faster performance compared with the previous generation – plus, edit content up to 65% faster4 compared with a three-year-old PC".

What about “better overclocking?”

Unsurprisingly, Intel says “performance matters with overclocking,” and says its “8th Gen Intel Core unlocked ‘K’ processors will overclock to higher levels than prior generations".

Indeed, the company says it has “added new features to enhance the experience, including per core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery, and updated the Intel Extreme Tuning Utility and Intel Extreme Memory Profile".

It all includes an “Enhanced Platform”, through which the “new Intel Z370 chipset provides improved power delivery needed for the new 6-core processors to reach their maximum performance as well as enhanced package power delivery for overclocking and memory routing support”, while “more than 50 new motherboard and system designs will be available from a variety of leading providers".

Want to “launch games and load media projects faster?”

Intel advises you to add its “Intel Optane memory to your desktop computer with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor to gain additional accelerated system responsiveness: up to 2.1 times faster compared with a five-year-old desktop with HDD alone".

More information is here, with Intel clearly not taking the AMD challenge lying down. May this deliver you, dear reader, a better PC than you expected, with more performance bang for your precious buck.

Need even MORE power? Then read about Intel's Extreme edition processors with Core i9 processors featuring 14, 16 and 18 cores here

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