Intel Introduces New Chipsets & Expands 8th Gen Core Desktop Processor Family

Intel has introduced three new chipsets as well as expanded their 8th generation Core desktop processor family with new models across their Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3 lines. To start things off with chipsets we now have the H370 Express, B360 Express, and the H310 Express.

The H370 is almost identical to the Z370, but it does not have PEG lane segmentation, so do not expect NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfire support. Also it lacks CPU overclocking via multiplier. The B360 Express will have Intel Small Business Advantage, less downstream PCIe lanes (only up to two M.2 slots), and less USB 3.1 ports. The H310 Express is very entry level with gen 2.0 general purpose PCI-Express lanes and fewer SATA ports.

The new chips announced are based on the 14nm “Coffee Lake” silicon, and are compatible with socket LGA1151 motherboards based on an Intel 300-series chipset. Two new models come into the Core i5 line to fill the gap between the i5-8400 and i5-8600K. These are the Core i5-8600 and Core i5-8500. Both are 6-core, 6-thread chips with a TDP of 65W. The i5-8600 has clocks of 3.1 GHz base and 4.3 GHz boost and has a price tag of $213, whereas the i5-8500 has a base clock of 3.0 GHz and boosts up to 4.1 GHz, it is priced at $192.

The Core i3 line gets a new entry in the Core i3-8300, this 4-core, 4-thread operates at a 62W TDP and runs at 3.7 GHzz (no turbo here). It will be priced at $138.

There will also be low-power “T” chips across Core i7, Core i5, and Core i7 lines.

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