An online retailer in the UK has started to take pre-orders on Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs, specifically the socketed 'S' parts for desktop computers. As reported previously, the new processors will have more cores than their direct predecessors, but if the published pre-order prices are correct (and are not inflated because of their pre-order nature) then Intel’s new chips will also have higher MSRPs than the company’s existing products.

Lambda-Tek, the UK retailer, is currently taking pre-orders on six Coffee Lake CPUs which are expected to hit the market in the coming weeks. The CPUs in question are the Core i7-8700K, the Core i7-8700, the Core i5-8600K, the Core i5-8400, the Core i3-8350K, and the Core i3-8100. Each segment will get an upgrade over the previous generation in core counts: the Core i7 parts will run in a 6C/12T configuration, the Core i5 parts will be 6C/6T, and the Core i3 parts will be 4C/4T (similar to the old Core i5). The flip side of this is that, if data from the retailer is correct, each element of the stack will cost quite a bit more than their direct predecessors.

For example, the store charges nearly £354 for the Core i7-8700K, which converted to USD (and without tax) equals to around $400. This will be a substantial uptick in cost over the $340 that the Core i7-7700K retails for today. $400 may be too high for Intel's top mainstream CPU, as Intel sells its six-core Core i7-7800X for $375. The HEDT requires a more expensive X299 motherboard and an appropriate DRAM kit, but might have an overall build cost similar to the $400 part.

The new quad-core Core i3 products will also get more expensive than their predecessors, with the calculated US price taken from the UK retailer coming to nearly $200 for the Core i3-8350K, up from $180. The per-core price will drop, which is perhaps not surprising, but the alleged price hike would put the Core i3 SKUs deeper into the Core i5 territory (the Core i3-7350K is already in the $190 ballpark), which will make it harder for many people to choose between different new i3 and older i5 models.

Prices of Contemporary Mainstream CPUs from Intel
Base Freq.** UK
(inc tax)*
(no tax)
Price per Core
Coffee Lake-S CPUs
i7-8700K 6/12 3.8 GHz £353.86 $400 n/a $66.70
i7-8700 6/12 3.2 GHz £298.52 $338 $56.30
i5-8600K 6/6 3.6 GHz £250.50 $284 $47.30
i5-8400 6/6 2.8 GHz £177.40 $201 $33.50
i3-8350K 4/4 4.0 GHz £174.35 $197 $49.25
i3-8100 4/4 3.6 GHz £115.45 $130 $32.50
Kaby Lake-S CPUs
i7-7700K 4/8 4.2 GHz £312.95 $354 $339 $88.50
i5-7600K 4/4 3.8 GHz £213.18 $241 $242 $60.20
i5-7400 4/4 3.0 GHz £166.49 $188 $182 $47.00
i3-7350K 2/4 4.2 GHz £162.06 $183 $168 $91.50
i3-7100 2/4 3.9 GHz £105.88 $120 $117 $60.00
High-End Desktop CPUs
i9-7920X 12/24 2.9 GHz £1109.40 $1255 $1189 $104.50
i9-7900X 10/20 3.3 GHz £958.36 $1084 $989 $108.40
i7-7820X 8/16 3.6 GHz £608.21 $688 $589 $86.00
i7-7800X 6/12 3.5 GHz £379.03 $429 $383 $71.50
i7-7740X 4/8 4.3 GHz £304.01 $344 $339 $86.00
i5-7640X 4/4 4.0 GHz £225.32 $255 $242 $63.75

* UK prices, listed online, are always quoted with 20% sales tax included. US prices are typically listed without sales tax due to different tax rates in each state. Most of the world does not have this issue. Our UK prices are all taken from Lambda-Tek, US prices from Amazon on 9/15.
** Speeds of Coffee Lake CPUs have not been directly confirmed by Intel

If the pricing published by the UK retailer is correct, Intel will likely quote increased MSRPs. This would not the first time Intel has hiked prices of its mainstream parts: For example, Intel boosted the price of the Core i7-4770K to $339, up from $313 for the Core i7-3770K in 2013. The company did the same for the Core i5-4670K: it was priced at $242, up from $212 for the Core i5-3570K.

Historical Prices of Intel's Core i7 Mainstream CPUs
  µArch Cores/
Base Freq. Socket Launch Date Launch Price
i7 870 Lynnfield 4/8 3.6 GHz LGA1156 Q3 2009 $562
i7 860 3.46 GHz $284
i7-2600K SandyBridge 3.4 GHz LGA1155 Q1 2011 $317
i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5 GHz Q2 2012 $313
i7-4770K Haswell 3.5 GHz LGA1150 Q2 2013 $339
i7-4790K 4.0 GHz Q3 2014 $339
i7-6700K Skylake 4.0 GHz LGA1151 Q3 2015 $350
i7-7700K Kaby Lake 4.2 GHz Q1 2017 $339
i7-8700K Coffee Lake 6/12 3.8 GHz* LGA1151 Q4 2017 $400*
Note: *Intel Coffee Lake specifications and prices have not been confirmed.

Increases and decreases of mainstream CPU MSRPs are not extraordinary events. Companies have different costs for different parts (because of different die sizes, yields, and other factors) and in a bid to maintain profit margins, they fluctuate prices. Since Coffee Lake chips are bigger than their predecessors because of the higher core count, it is logical for Intel to rise their MSRPs. However, the competitive landscape on today’s CPU market is different than it was from 2011 to 2016 as Intel could have to target AMD’s Ryzen in performance per dollar. 

Historical Prices of Intel's Core i5 Mainstream CPUs
  µArch Cores/
Base Freq. Socket Launch Date Launch Price
i5 750 Lynnfield 4/4 2.66 GHz LGA1156 Q3 2009 $196
i5-2500K SandyBridge 3.3 GHz LGA1155 Q1 2011 $216
i5-3570K Ivy Bridge 3.4 GHz Q2 2012 $212
i5-4670K Haswell 3.4 GHz LGA1150 Q2 2013 $242
i5-4690K 3.5 GHz Q3 2014 $242
i5-6600K Skylake 3.5 GHz LGA1151 Q3 2015 $243
i5-7600K Kaby Lake 3.8 GHz Q1 2017 $242
i5-8600K Coffee Lake 6/6 3.6 GHz* LGA1151 Q4 2017 $284*
Note: *Intel Coffee Lake specifications and prices have not been confirmed.

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Source: Lambda-Tek

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  • peevee - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - link

    What is with disabling HT in most SKUs? After all, all the hardware is there...

    Intel marketing department should be shot.
  • artk2219 - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - link

    I agree, i don't see why they don't introduce an "I5" model with 4 cores and 8 threads, like its Ryzen counterpart.
  • peevee - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - link

    Given the prices per core, somebody should make a dual-CPU chipset for i3-8100. Would double total memory throughput and provide the best perf/$.
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - link

    Not a good idea for a low-end consumer CPU. The CPUs aren't designed for multi socket setups. They don't have the right "fabric". Even if that weren't true, they don't have enough PCIe lanes to do such a setup justice. Then there's the cross-CPU latency, and you would be treading into NUMA vs UMA territory which brings into question the usefulness of the extra memory channels, at least in a consumer workload. Of course even if it came with no penalties, doubling memory bandwidth on an 8-core system is of questionable usefulness outside of integrated graphics, which is pointless in a system at this price range. $260 just in chips, a hugely expensive board, extra RAM sticks... and it would do well mainly in non-consumer workloads.

    The thought is nice though. If we were able to do this without any downside, complications, or performance penalties, it would be swell. Multiple sockets definitely have their place in servers and other professional setups. Even multi-die setups like Threadripper have some of these issues and mostly shine in professional use, but the issues are less severe, and it's got a ton of PCIe channels.
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  • Snyp - Thursday, September 21, 2017 - link

    same product :D filter price
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  • sarscott - Thursday, September 21, 2017 - link

    There's a chart on wccftech that states that the i3 8100 and the i3 8350k use the 200 pch.
  • watzupken - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - link

    I believe the Intel chip will be faster, however, Ryzen is still much better in value from my perspective. Intel's ecosystem means having to go through their extreme product segregation, for instance, pay extra for HT, and on top of that, pay extra for "overclockable" chip. Ironically, the TIM is so bad for the thermals that there was some noise wherein people are complaining that their "K" chips are overheating. With 6 cores to cool and higher clockspeed, I am even less skeptical that its worth paying extra for the overclocking chips since I don't feel the thermals are going to get any better. To add on to the insult, you still need to get a new overclocking chipset motherboard that is not cheap either.
  • zzz777 - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - link

    I really tried to Google this: Can someone explain what the name of the chip speaks to in modern Intel hardware? i3 used to be dual+HT, i5 Straight quad, i7 quad+HT unless it had a U in the model, then it was a dual+HT. I literally know nothing about the m series in terms of model name and spec.So what now defines an i3,i5,i7,i9 and bonus points if you explain to me the m series. Don't link wikipedia; I want a 'as of right now' explanation.(That's a thanks for helping but be right to the minute relevant).

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