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Unannounced Intel Coffee Lake CPUs pop up on Provantage

The new i5 CPUs could disrupt AMD's dominance in the mid-range sector. (Source: Intel)
The new i5 CPUs could disrupt AMD's dominance in the mid-range sector. (Source: Intel)
There are 8 new models, of which 3 are part of the Core family, 3 are Pentium Gold chips and 2 are Celerons. The Core i5-8600 and i5-8500 will surely go head to head with AMD's Ryzen 1600/1600X processors in the US$200 price range, while the other models are more budget-oriented, with prices between US$50 and US$135.

The first gen 8 Coffee Lake desktop CPU models from Intel were released back in October last year, and, as stocks began to pile up at online retailers through the Holiday season and the first month of 2018, Intel finally managed to outsell AMD’s Ryzen CPUs for the first time since mid-2017. However, a recent leak shows that there are at least 8 unannounced Coffee Lake desktop models that can already be purchased online from Provantage. The leaked models include 3 Core, 3 Pentium Gold and 2 Celeron CPUs with prices ranging from US$220 to US$51.

The price and specs list is as follows:
•    Core i5 8600 – 6-core/6-thread, 3.1 GHz default clock, US$220
•    Core i5 8500 – 6-core/6-thred, 3.0 GHz default clock, US$200
•    Core i3 8300 – 4-core/4-thread, 3.7 GHz default clock, US$135
•    Pentium Gold G5600 – 2-core/4-thread, 3.9 GHz default clock, US$93
•    Pentium Gold G5500 – 2-core/4-thread, 3.8 GHz default clock, US$83
•    Pentium Gold G5400 – 2-core/4-thread, 3.7 GHz default clock, US$73
•    Celeron G4920 – 2-core/2-thread, 3.2 GHz default clock, US$62
•    Celeron G4900 – 2-core/2-thread, 3.1 GHz default clock, US$51

The new i5s will help Intel consolidate the mid-range sector, which is currently dominated by AMD’s Ryzen 5 1600/1600X models. The i3 8300 is only 100 MHz faster than the i3 8100 for an additional US$10 and will probably not influence the situation for the entry-level side of the Core family too much. As for the Pentium and Celeron models, due to their high base clocks, these could turn out to be solid budget gaming and media solutions.

Provantage lists all but the Pentium Gold G5400 as available, but the stock is quite limited.

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-02-22 (Update: 2018-03-14)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.