Intel on Thursday formally initiated gross sales of its eighth Technology 'Espresso Lake' processors for desktops worldwide. The brand new chips provide extra bodily cores within the mainstream processor phase than their predecessors, however unlocked variations additionally come at $15-$20 increased MSRPs. As what often occurs with new merchandise, the primary questions are round whether or not the chips are literally obtainable, and if the on-shelf costs are on par with producer's instructed ones. In our searches to date, the brand new eighth Gen chips for desktops will not be simple to get.

Precise Availability and Pricing

For our availability and value checks, we use a number of well-known shops the world over in addition to value search engines like google and yahoo to make sure that we’re not lacking something. It is very important notice that almost all shops are inclined to promote merchandise at their MSRPs on launch days, however going ahead costs are inclined to fluctuate.

Intel publishes costs as RCP (Advisable Buyer Pricing). That is the worth it provides for purchasers shopping for 1000 CPUs (a 'tray') as an OEM. Retail costs are sometimes $5-15 increased relying on the configuration.

Intel Core i7-8700Ok

We begin our small availability investigation from the Core i7-8700Ok (RCP: $359), which has all probabilities to change into a bestseller: the CPU has six cores with HT, a comparatively high-frequency out of the field, and an unlocked multiplier. It seems like a dream processor for an fanatic that additionally desires to economize in comparison with a high-end desktop system.

Intel Core i7-8700Ok Availability and Pricing
As of October sixth
RetailerNationNative WorthEqual in USD (w/tax)Standing
AmazonU.S.Not Listed
Test Availability
B&H Picture VideoU.S.$370$370ETA Unknown
CDWU.S.Not Listed
Fry's ElectronicsU.S.Not Listed
NeweggU.S.$380$380Offered Out
NCIXCanada$470$373ETA Unknown
 
Amazon UKU.Ok.Not Listed
Overclockers UKU.Ok.£360$471ETA Unknown
OcUK Pre-BinnedU.Ok.£500 – £800$654 – $1046Restricted Inventory
ScanU.Ok.£360$471ETA Unknown
 
Amazon DEGermanyNot Listed
Amazon ESSpainNot Listed
Amazon FRFranceNot Listed
AlternateAustria€400$468ETA in December
ComsternAustria€396$464ETA 2-Four weeks
Bora LaptopGermany€410$480ETA Unknown
CaseKingGermany€410$479ETA Unknown
CK Pre-BinnedGermany€440 – €870$514 – $1017ETA Unknown
 
KomplettSwedenFour,199 kr$515ETA in December
MiscoSwedenNot Listed
ProshopFinland€430 ETA 10/26

Because it seems, the Core i7-8700Ok is tough to seek out. It’s not listed on any Amazon native web site, which is commonly not a superb signal for general inventory ranges. It’s attainable to pre-order the CPU mannequin from a number of shops the world over, nevertheless it seems to be like their ETA is late-October to early-December, not less than for sure shops in Europe. As for on-line public sale websites, there are sellers demanding $800 – $900 per unit.

Intel Core i7-8700

Shifting on to the locked Core i7-8700 (RCP: $303). This chip is barely slower than the unlocked half out of the field, however provides a decrease 65W TDP.

Intel Core i7-8700 Availability and Pricing
As of October sixth
RetailerNationNative WorthEqual USD
(w/tax)
In Inventory
AmazonU.S.$312ETA Unknown
B&H Picture VideoU.S.$312$312In Inventory
CDWU.S.$430$430Name
Fry's ElectronicsU.S.Not Listed
NeweggU.S.Not Listed
NCIXCanada$420$334In Inventory
 
Amazon UKU.Ok.Not Listed
Overclockers UKU.Ok.£330$431In Inventory
ScanU.Ok.£310$405ETA Unknown
 
Amazon DEGermanyNot Listed
Amazon ESSpainNot Listed
Amazon FRFranceNot Listed
AlternateAustria€334$391ETA in December
ComsternAustria€334$391ETA 2-Four weeks
Bora LaptopGermany€349$408ETA Unknown
CaseKingGermany€334$398ETA Unknown
 
KomplettSwedenthree,499 kr$429ETA in December
MiscoSwedenNot Listed
ProshopFinland€360$422ETA 24/10

The scenario seems to be considerably higher for the non-Ok processor. The Core i7-8700 isn’t listed on any European Amazon web site, however it may be bought from B&H within the US, NCIX in Canada, and from Overclockers UK. The chips might be pre-ordered from a number of shops (together with Amazon US), however they’re going to ship them someday in late October and even in December, based mostly on info from shops in Germany, Finland, and Sweden.

Intel Core i5-8600Ok

Subsequent up is Intel’s highest-performing CPU within the Core i5 vary, the i5-8600Ok (RCP: $257). This CPU formally prices ~$100 beneath the Core i7-8700Ok as it really works at a barely decrease frequency, nevertheless it additionally lacks Hyper-Threading and has a smaller L3 cache, which means it will likely be slower in all varieties of duties, multi-threaded or single threaded. Excellent news, it may be overclocked.

Intel Core i5-8600Ok Availability and Pricing
As of October sixth
RetailerNationNative WorthEqual USD
(w/tax)
Standing
AmazonU.S.$258ETA Unknown
B&H Picture VideoU.S.$258$258In Inventory
CDWU.S.Not Listed
Fry's ElectronicsU.S.Not Listed
NeweggU.S.$260$260ETA 10-20 days
NCIXCanada$350$278ETA Unknown
 
Amazon UKU.Ok.Not Listed
Overclockers UKU.Ok.£270$353ETA Unknown
ScanU.Ok.£258$337ETA Unknown
 
Amazon DEGermanyNot Listed
Amazon ESSpainNot Listed
Amazon FRFranceNot Listed
AlternateAustria€279$327ETA in December
ComsternAustria€278$325ETA 2-Four weeks
ProshopAustria€290$340ETA 10/16
Bora LaptopGermanyNot Listed
CaseKingGermanyBoxed: €280
Tray: €270
$327
$316
ETA Unknown
ETA 10/11
CK PreBinnedGermany€300 – €600$351 – $703Unknown
 
ProshopFinland€300$351ETA 10/16
KomplettSweden2,899 kr$355ETA in December
MiscoSwedenNot Listed
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A variety of shops, together with B&H, Newegg, ProShop, and CaseKing, are taking orders on the Core i5-8600Ok and promise to ship them by mid-October. In reality, B&H even claims that it has the chips in inventory, however its supply time is 10 days. In the meantime typically, the Core i5-8600Ok CPUs are both not listed or can be found just for pre-order with an unknown cargo date.

Intel Core i5-8400

The Core i5-8400 is positioned as a mainstream CPU for higher-end desktops that can be liked by each OEMs and customers. This processor is essentially the most reasonably priced six-core CPU available on the market at present. It has an RCP of $182, which is considerably decrease than $257 for the Core i5-8600Ok and $219 for the Ryzen 5 1600. This chip can’t be overclocked, nevertheless it nonetheless seems to be superb for its value. However are you able to truly purchase it proper now?

Intel Core i5-8400 Availability and Pricing
As of October sixth
RetailerNationNative WorthEqual USD
(w/tax)
Standing
AmazonU.S.$187$187ETA 10/eight
B&H Picture VideoU.S.$187$187In Inventory
CDWU.S. Not Listed
Fry's ElectronicsU.S. Not Listed
NeweggU.S.$190$190In Inventory
NCIXCanada$250$199In Inventory
 
Amazon UKU.Ok.£172$225Ships from U.S.
Overclockers UKU.Ok.£180$235In Inventory
ScanU.Ok.£172$132In Inventory
 
Amazon DEGermanyNot Listed
Amazon ESSpainNot Listed
Amazon FRFranceNot Listed
AlternateAustria€195$228ETA in December
ComsternAustria€200$234In Inventory
ProShopAustria€200$234ETA 10/24
Bora LaptopGermany€209$244ETA Unknown
CaseKingGermany€200$234ETA 10/11
 
ArvutitarkEstonia€189$221In Inventory (ltd)
ProshopFinlandNot Listed
KomplettSweden1,999 kr$245ETA in December
MiscoSwedenNot Listed

Apparently, you should purchase this chip. Main retailers in North America both have the Core i5-8400 in inventory or are about to get the primary batch. It’s also possible to purchase the chips from two retailers within the U.Ok. In the meantime, mainland Europe is a blended bag for the i5-8400 availability. You possibly can seize the chip in Estonia from Arvutitark, however the firm had 10 CPUs in whole at press time — that’s one unit per retailer in a lot of the circumstances. In the meantime, CaseKing and ProShop Austria anticipate to start out promoting the i5-8400 in mid-to-late October. Another shops anticipate the cheap six-core Espresso Lake mannequin to reach in December.

Intel Core i3-8350Ok

Shifting right down to the Core i3 vary. For customers contemplating Intel’s Core i5-7600Ok, the brand new Core i3-8350Ok is now an optimum goal and considerably cheaper. The Core i3-8350Ok has 4 cores, runs at Four GHz, has eight MB LLC and an unlocked multiplier. Intel desires $168 for the i3-8350Ok and this beautiful a lot seems to be like a discount when in comparison with the i5-7600Ok ($242). Now, let’s verify the precise availability and pricing of the brand new SKU.

Intel Core i3-8350Ok Availability and Pricing
As of October sixth
RetailerNationNative WorthEqual USD (w/ tax)Standing
AmazonU.S.$179$179In Inventory
B&H Picture VideoU.S.$179$179In Inventory
CDWU.S.Not Listed
Fry's ElectronicsU.S.Not Listed
NeweggU.S.$180$180In Inventory
NCIXCanada$240$191In Inventory
 
Amazon UKU.Ok.£164$215Ships from U.S.
Overclockers UKU.Ok.£170$222In Inventory
ScanU.Ok.£167$218In Inventory
 
Amazon DEGermanyNot Listed
Amazon ESSpainNot Listed
Amazon FRFranceNot Listed
AlternateAustria€193$226ETA in December
ComsternAustria€198$232In Inventory
ProShopAustria€200$234In Inventory
Bora LaptopGermany€199$233ETA Unknown
CaseKingGermany€200$234In Inventory
 
ProshopFinland€210$246In Inventory
KomplettSweden1,999 kr$245ETA in December
MiscoSwedenNot Listed

The Core i3-8350Ok is accessible from a number of retailers worldwide, however with a small overprice in comparison with its RCP as anticipated. That small overprice is widespread for different Espresso Lake fashions, however with the i3-8350Ok, it places the SKU on the territory of the i5-8400. The latter is, in fact, a non-overclocking CPU that runs at a reasonable frequency, nevertheless it has six cores. Clearly, lots of people will marvel which of the merchandise is best for his or her workloads, however even customers could also be confused with the i3 and i5 overlap.

Intel Core i3-8100

Essentially the most reasonably priced Espresso Lake mannequin introduced to date is the quad-core Core i3-8100, it prices $117 and might match one thing just like the Core i5-7500 ($192) by way of efficiency. Let’s verify its actual value and availability.

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Intel Core i3-8100 Availability and Pricing
As of October sixth
RetailerNationNative WorthEqual USD (w/ tax)Standing
AmazonU.S.Not Listed
Test Availability
B&H Picture VideoU.S.$117$117In Inventory
CDWU.S.Not Listed
Fry's ElectronicsU.S.Not Listed
NeweggU.S.$120$120In Inventory
NCIXCanada$160$127In Inventory
 
Amazon UKU.Ok.Not Listed
Overclockers UKU.Ok.£110$144In Inventory
ScanU.Ok.£110$144In Inventory
 
Amazon DEGermanyNot Listed
Amazon ESSpainNot Listed
Amazon FRFranceNot Listed
AlternateAustria€128$150ETA in December
ComsternAustria€130$152ETA 2-Four weeks
ProShopAustria€130$152In Inventory
Bora LaptopGermany€125$146ETA Unknown
CaseKingGermany€130$152ETA 10/11
 
ProshopFinland€135$158In Inventory
KomplettSweden1,349 kr$165ETA in December
MiscoSwedenNot Listed

For some motive, Amazon doesn’t provide the Core i3-8100 in any respect wherever, however you may get the product from varied different retailers the world over. A minimum of within the US, the worth of the i3-8100 isn’t inflated as a result of it’s a new mannequin or as a result of the provision is tight. In different areas, you’ll be able to both get it immediately or inside per week, which suggests the shops might have a superb provide of the chip.

Extra Cores, Bigger Caches, Larger Worth if Unlocked

For a few years, Intel has had a slightly strict division between its unlocked Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs in addition to Core i3 chips for mainstream desktop platforms each by way of specs and by way of pricing. The Core i7 has at all times had 4 cores with HT in addition to an eight MB L3 cache, the Core i5 has featured 4 cores with out HT in addition to a barely cut-down 6 MB L3 cache, whereas the Core i3 has built-in two cores with HT and three or Four MB LLC. The launch of the Espresso Lake (Core i-series 8000 sequence) household provides two bodily cores to all the aforementioned product households, expands their caches, accelerates reminiscence and brings in a lot of different enhancements — you’ll be able to examine all of them in our overview. The overall precept that divides completely different product households stays the identical although: the Core i7 has six cores with HT and a 12 MB cache, the Core i5 scraps HT and part of the cache, whereas the Core i3 turns into a quad-core CPU with out HT and a smaller cache.

Basic Specs of Intel's 2017 Mainstream Desktop CPUs
eighth Technology seventh Technology
 CoresFreq.
(Base)
L3TDP CoresFreq.
(Base)
L3TDP
i7-8700Ok6/12three.7 GHz12 MB95Wi7-7700OkFour/eightFour.2 GHzeight MB91W
i7-8700three.2 GHz65Wi7-7700three.6 GHz65W
i5-8600Ok6/6three.6 GHz9 MB95Wi5-7600OkFour/Fourthree.eight GHz6 MB91W
i5-84002.eight GHz65Wi5-7400three.zero GHz65W
i3-8350OkFour/FourFour GHzeight MB91Wi3-7350Ok2/FourFour.2 GHzFour MB60W
i3-8100three.6 GHz6 MB65Wi3-7100three.9 GHz51W

Relating to pricing, the scenario requires some consideration as it’s a bit completely different from the same old. The locked Core i7-8700, Core i5-8400 and Core i3-8100 price precisely the identical amount of cash as their direct predecessors (the i7-7700, i5-7400 and i3-8100). So, individuals getting these merchandise primarily get two additional cores for a similar value. In the meantime, CPUs with an unlocked multiplier — the Core i7-8700Ok and the Core i5-8600Ok — run quicker than their locked brethren out-of-box and might be overclocked additional, however their RCPs are a bit increased than these of their direct predecessors.

In reality, after Intel launched its Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs with an unlocked multiplier in 2011, it has, for essentially the most half, saved RCPs fixed, besides with a blip on the Broadwell CPUs (attributable to eDRAM) and now the upgraded core elements. Intel charged $313 – $317 for an unlocked Core i7 in 2011-2012, elevated that value to $339-$350 in 2013-2017 and even bought an unlocked Core i7 with a strong iGPU for $366 in 2015 (however because the Broadwell Unlocked was barely aimed toward 'conventional' fans, we will ignore that). Likewise, Intel used to promote an unlocked Core i5 for $212-$216 in 2011-2012 after which elevated their costs to ~$242 for 2013-early 2017 interval (if the i5-5675C isn’t taken into consideration).

Immediately, Intel will increase pricing of the Core i7-8700Ok and the Core i5-8600Ok CPUs by $20 and $15 in comparison with their direct predecessors from the Kaby Lake household, a comparatively small improve that matches into the development. That is hardly stunning. Overclocking is rising in popularity today, makers of motherboards are inclined to put a hefty premium on their high-end merchandise, so Intel desires to get its slice of the pie as nicely.

Relating to the Core i3-8350Ok, it prices $168, which is in keeping with its direct predecessor, the Core i3-7350Ok. Needless to say Intel launched its first unlocked Core i3 earlier this 12 months and these chips price greater than their brethren with locked multipliers did. Entry-level i3 overclocking is one thing new for Intel, however there isn’t any MSRP change with the rise of the variety of cores.

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First Core Depend Improve in a Decade and Per-Core Pricing Drops

Intel launched its first quad-core processor for mainstream desktop platforms in 2006 with the launch of the Core 2 Quad Q6600. The corporate has been slowly growing core depend of its high-end desktop CPUs from 4 to 6, then to eight, then to 10, after which all the way in which to 18 cores this 12 months. In the meantime, Intel’s mainstream desktop platforms haven’t seen any core depend improve for a decade. Clearly, they’ve been gaining efficiency with microarchitecture enhancements, the addition of Hyper-Threading and different enhancements (equivalent to larger and higher iGPUs), however their bodily core depend stalled at two for entry-level and at 4 in case of higher-end elements from 2006 to 2017. With the launch of the Espresso Lake, Intel modifications that.

Whereas Intel does improve pricing of unlocked Core i5/i7 CPUs in comparison with predecessors a bit, it doesn’t achieve this with the remainder of the household, including cores at no cost. Most likely, which means the prices of the brand new Espresso Lake-S chips will not be considerably increased than the prices of the Kaby Lake-S CPUs working at increased frequencies, which presumably implies that Intel’s 14++ (14nm-plus-plus) course of know-how is mature and the yields are excessive. One other factor to level out is that Intel considerably lowers per-core pricing of its CPUs. For instance, the i5-8400 and the i3-8100 can be found at $30 per core, down from $47 per core for the i5-7400 simply a few quarters in the past.

The brand new Core i-series 8000-sequence CPUs require new Intel 300-series chipset based mostly motherboards, so individuals thinking about upgrading will nonetheless must pay a premium for the brand new Espresso Lake platform. However not less than there at the moment are mainstream ($182 – $257) Intel CPUs with six cores in addition to entry-level ($117) choices with 4 cores. At these value factors, the brand new processors for Intel are prone to get slightly widespread amongst customers, particularly those that improve from 5 or six-year-old platforms.

Costs of Up to date CPUs from Intel
 Cores/
Threads
Base Freq.Intel
RCP
Worth per Core
Espresso Lake-S
i7-8700Ok6/12three.7 GHz$359$60
i7-87006/12three.2 GHz$303$51
i5-8600Ok6/6three.6 GHz$257$43
i5-84006/62.eight GHz$182$30
i3-8350OkFour/FourFour.zero GHz$168$42
i3-8100Four/Fourthree.6 GHz$117$29
Kaby Lake-S
i7-7700OkFour/eightFour.2 GHz$339$89
i7-7700Four/eightthree.6 GHz$303$84
i5-7600OkFour/Fourthree.eight GHz$242$60
i5-7400Four/Fourthree.zero GHz$182$47
i3-7350Ok2/FourFour.2 GHz$168$92
i3-71002/Fourthree.9 GHz$117$60
Excessive-Finish Desktop CPUs
i9-7980XE18/362.6 GHz$1979$110
i9-7960X16/322.eight GHz$1684$105
i9-7940X14/28three.1 GHz$1387$99
i9-7920X12/242.9 GHz$1189$105
i9-7900X10/20three.three GHz$989$108
i7-7820Xeight/16three.6 GHz$589$86
i7-7800X6/12three.5 GHz$383$72
i7-7740XFour/eightFour.three GHz$339$86
i5-7640XFour/FourFour.zero GHz$242$64

With none doubts, Intel’s official advisable costs for the brand new Espresso Lake-S elements look slightly good if we evaluate them towards RCPs of the Kaby Lake-S SKUs. In the meantime, the large query is how a lot do the brand new elements truly price in actual shops and the way broadly obtainable they’re. That is one thing we’re going to examine in our subsequent part.

Some Ideas

The brand new Espresso Lake CPUs symbolize a big improve of Intel’s mainstream desktop merchandise by way of core depend. The launch of comparatively reasonably priced Core i5/i7 fashions with six cores will catalyze many individuals to improve their PCs with quad-core CPUs, so we anticipate the eightth Technology Core i5/i7 merchandise to be slightly widespread. The quad-core Core i3-8350Ok appears to have numerous potential amongst overclockers, however its value is so near the six-core Core i5-8400 that it’s going to inevitably create some confusion. Within the meantime, the quad-core Core i3-8100 brings a big efficiency increase to the i3 vary, so we anticipate the SKU to be in excessive demand too.

Now, let’s speak about availability. The highest-of-the-range Core i7-8700Ok mannequin isn’t obtainable from main retailers in any respect. Even on public sale websites, there have been solely two sellers to supply this chip for $800 – $900 at press time. The Core i7-8700 is extra available from massive suppliers, however the majority of on-line shops can not ship it proper now. Availability of the Core i5-8600Ok is scarce, however some suppliers promise to have them of their inventory generally in mid-October. As for the remaining three chips within the Espresso Lake lineup, the Core i5-8400, the Core i3-8350Ok, and the Core i3-8100, they are often obtained from a number of retailers, however not from all of them.

As famous above, pricing of recent merchandise of their first days of availability tends to be very near MSRP. We’ve got observed that among the CFL SKUs are priced above MSRP, however the distinction was not very substantial. The large query is how excessive the costs are going to get if demand for Espresso Lake exceeds Intel’s provide.

Associated Studying

  • The AnandTech Espresso Lake Evaluate: Preliminary Numbers on the Core i7-8700Ok and Core i5-8400
  • Intel Pronounces eighth Technology Core "Espresso Lake" Desktop Processors: Six-core i7, 4-core i3, and Z370 Motherboards
  • Costs of Intel’s Espresso Lake-S CPUs Revealed: $400 for Core i7-8700Ok?