The discharge date for Intel’s Eighth-generation desktop Core processors seems to be firming up despite the fact that Intel itself hasn’t introduced availability.
Final week, a since-deleted screenshot of a retail stock system confirmed Intel’s Core i7-8700Okay being scheduled to launch on October 5. Then this weekend, the Twitter account of Gigabyte’s premium Aorus model teased an image of a mysterious new motherboard, overlaid with the textual content “10.5.17 supercharged efficiency.”
“Attempt to guess what that is,” the tweet says.
That strongly means that Gigabyte’s Z370 Aorus motherboards will launch on October 5, and sure alongside Intel’s Eighth-gen Core desktop processors. Aorus motherboards had been obtainable on day one for the current Intel X299 and AMD Threadripper X399 releases. These high-end desktop platforms pack eight reminiscence slots whereas the teased in Gigabyte’s current photograph solely reveals 4, just like at present’s mainstream Intel motherboards. All indicators level to this board being Z370.
AMD Ryzen chips have as much as eight cores
There’s lots to be enthusiastic about in Eighth-gen Core desktop processors. After years of stagnating core counts, Intel’s ramping issues as much as battle AMD’s disruptive Ryzen CPUs, as leaked by Intel itself. Present Seventh-gen Core i5 and Core i7 chips pack four cores apiece, with the Core i7 CPUs that includes hyper-threading to push efficiency additional. Intel’s Eighth-gen Core i5 and Core i7 processors enhance that to six cores—a large leap, particularly if you consider Core i7 hyper-threading.
Intel didn’t leak Eighth-gen Core i3 CPU data, however rumors recommend they’ll leap from dual-core hyper-threaded processors to true quad-core chips, just like at present’s Core i5 CPUs (and AMD’s Ryzen three chips). Don’t count on hyper-threading on these, although.
New Z370 motherboards have to launch alongside Eighth-gen Core processors. Intel’s leaked packaging—which you’ll be able to see above—confirmed that its new processors require a Z370 motherboard, despite the fact that the CPUs use 14nm transistors just like what you’d discover in Sixth-gen “Skylake” and Seventh-gen “Kaby Lake” chips. Intel’s reusing its course of expertise, however you gained’t be capable of reuse your Z170 or Z270 motherboard. Current most likely wasn’t designed to deal with Eighth-gen’s elevated core depend.