Rumor: E-tailers leak US pricing for new Coffee Lake CPUs

We've heard rumblings for a while that Intel's initial wave of mostly-upper-tier Coffee Lake CPUs wasn't going to be the only round of chips built using the company's 14nm++ process technology. We also have a pretty good idea of what we might expect from the second wave of Coffee Lake chips with respect to core counts, clock speeds, and graphics capabilities. A new round of rumors concern the critical detail of US pricing. Previous leaks provided a forecast of prices in Australia, but even in today's era of globalization, CPU prices inevitably vary from region to region. E-tailers Provantage, PC Connection, and CompSource have added minimal product pages with apparent pricing for a variety of new Coffee Lake processors, including entry-level Pentium Gold and Celeron models.

The new models include one Core i3 and two new Core i5s. The purported four-core, four-thread Core i3-8300 sits between the similar Core i3-8100 and the faster, unlocked Core i3-8350K. The new model will reportedly share the larger 8 MB cache size of the 8350K. The six-core, six-thread Core i5-8500 and Core i5-8600 nestle between the Core i5-8400 and the overclockable Core i5-8600K. The Core i5-8500 will purportedly have a 3.0 GHz base clock and the the Core i5-8600 will come in just a bit faster at 3.1 GHz. The Turbo Boost 2.0 clocks of both new chips remain unknown. The Core i7-8700 and Core i7-8700K soldier on as the only Coffee Lake Core i7 models.

The most price-conscious shoppers might be able to get a sip of Coffee Lake with the two-core, two-thread Celeron G4900 and Celeron G4920. Should these chips come to market, we'd advise skipping right past them for the potentially higher-clocked and Hyper-Threaded Pentium Gold G5400, G5500, or G5600, all of which clock in at speeds from 3.7 to 3.9 GHz. With these new rumors, here's what the Coffee Lake lineup might look like soon:

Model Cores/threads Base clock Turbo Boost

2.0 clock

Celeron G4900 2/2 3.1 GHz N/A $52 *
Celeron G4920 2/2 3.2 GHz N/A $62 *
Pentium Gold G5400 2/4 3.7 GHz N/A $71 *
Pentium Gold G5500 2/4 3.8 GHz N/A $83 *
Pentium Gold G5600 2/4 3.9 GHz N/A $93 *
Core i3-8100 4/4 3.6 GHz N/A $117
Core i3-8300 4/4 3.7 GHz N/A $135 *
Core i3-8350K 4/4 4.0 GHz N/A $180
Core i5-8400 6/6 2.8 GHz 4.0 GHz $190
Core i5-8500 6/6 3.0 GHz Unknown $189 *
Core i5-8600 6/6 3.1 GHz Unknown $208 *
Core i5-8600K 6/6 3.6 GHz 4.3 GHz $250
Core i7-8700 6/12 3.2 GHz 4.6 GHz $310
Core i7-8700K 6/12 3.7 GHz 4.7 GHz $370

(*) lowest tray price from e-tailers with store pages for the new CPUs

Additionally, the listings at Provantage include a Core i3-8100T (up to 3.1 GHz), Core i3-8300T (up to 3.2 GHz), Core i5-8400T (up to 3.3 GHz), Core i5-8500T (up to 3.5 GHz), Core i5-8600T (up to 3.7 GHz), and Core i7-8700T (up to 4.0 GHz) models. Traditionally, Intel desktop CPUs bearing a "T" designation are lower-clocked and have a lower TDP than their T-less equivalents. We don't know the TDPs of the Coffee Lake T-models, but going by past experience, they'll probably slot into 35-W envelopes.

On top of the fact that Intel hasn't officially confirmed any further Coffee Lake CPUs yet, the prices at the three stores vary. We've shared the lowest tray prices leaked for each chip in the chart above. The prices for existing models are taken from Newegg. None of the three retailers list the new models in stock, so we wouldn't take the prices as gospel truth just yet. Hat tip to Videocardz for bringing these e-tailer links to our attention.

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    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    Yes it’s in the silicon.

    Coffeelake i5’s are the same dies as the Coffeelake i7’s, just with SMT disabled.

    Coffeelake i3’s are likely to be true quad-core dies rather than die-harvested/defective i5’s since Intel are making 4C/8T silicon for mobile parts. I could be wrong – but I’d put money on them being native quad core designs.

    The SMT is actually embedded in the architecture. There’s no way to make a Coffeelake processor without SMT in silicon without redesigning it into a new architecture (like the Silvermont/Goldmont Atom-based stuff which doesn’t have SMT). When you understand it like that you realise that the vast majority of Intel’s current desktop product stack is arbitrarily hampering performance just for the sake of dumb product segmentation.

    It’s different with the i5/i7 because the i7 uses SMT to distinguish itself from the i5. The i3 on the other hand has no SMT equivalent, and it’s especially sad on the very expensive i3-8350K and equally-expensive Z370 motherboard.

    • drwho
    • 5 years ago

    I have yet to read anywhere that SMT/HT is worth 50% .. I thought it was at best, 25% . And you say it is in the silicone? (for CFL+) I dont think so, you might actually find the the i3’s are just fused off, defective I5’s.
    Does SMT have anything to do with the spectre meltdown farrago? and disabling it is intels way of coping (pure speculation)

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    So where are the 4C/8T parts?

    They’ve all vanished despite every piece of 4C silicon having it in hardware there’s not a single product that includes it (yet).

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    It annoys me that the bulk of their product range has HT in the silicon but disabled. It’s just plain wasteful leaving around 30-50% extra performance on the table all the time.

    • MOSFET
    • 5 years ago

    The Larraclay.

    • MOSFET
    • 5 years ago

    It’s a [i<]little[/i<] easier when going by CPU family (not necessarily architecture, but "TDP/SDP" family). U series, 15W and the 28W exception. H series, 35W and 45W. S (I think, has had nomenclature changes - desktop) at 51W - 100ishW. HEDT at 125W+. Until recently, U series i-proc would always be 2C/4T, whether i3, i5 or i7. I realize the current scenario is even more market segmentation, but you gotta pay for what you get (according to Intel). I would take true cores over HT any day. Also, as far as i3's go, I've always been a fan of the i3-x300. Get the extra MHz and 33% more L3. (sp edit)

    • Lord.Blue
    • 5 years ago

    The standard core i5 desktop products newer than the 2 core 600 series have never had SIMT. They have been 4 core/4 thread parts for years.

    The core i3 no longer needs SIMT because now it is a true 4/4 part, and the i5 is a 6/6 part. The main part that has kept SIMT has been the core i7.

    • Forge
    • 5 years ago

    On desktop, yeah. On mobile, things are far uglier, since you have 2C4T i7s and 4C4T i7s, and even 4C8T i7s.

    But the historical Intel desktop decoder said that i3 meant 2C4T, i5 was 4C4T, and i7 was 4C8T. Later the Pentium covered 2C2T.

    • DancinJack
    • 5 years ago

    They added more cores to both products. I’d rather have real cores than HT.

    edit: Plus, when did i5 CPUs have HT? Weren’t they all 4/4?

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    Wait, what?

    Intel have removed hyperthreading from all i3 and i5 chips. Talk about dumb product segmentiation, not having hyperthreading is a real step backwards and it affects the majority of their product line.

    • 5 years ago

    All we need now is for Jeff to test if that G5600 is a bottleneck for a 1050.
    Could be a great pairing………………………
    8600 is looking nice for a 1070 pairing as well…………..

    • ermo
    • 5 years ago

    Anyone here still use C2D/C2Q 45nm CPUs?

    I’ve got a Solus Linux test box sporting an [email protected] GHz w/4GB of DDR3-1333 RAM and an SSD.

    Nice and responsive little rig for testing, as long as I tell the Linux kernel CPU governor to boost to max speed whenever the load is >25%.

    Crazy to think that the lowliest Celeron G4900 in that table up yonder is probably at least 50% faster at the same clock speed.

    • 5 years ago

    And one of the most common,is the only one MIA-4/8

    • jensend
    • 5 years ago

    Blame Hesiod, Ovid, and the Book of Daniel, don’t blame me 🙂

    • Goty
    • 5 years ago

    Where Pentium Clay is just a bunch of OG Pentiums suffering from the FDIV bug xD

    • Beahmont
    • 5 years ago

    The Price link to the 8700 is broken gibberish. There also is no link for the 8100’s price.

    • willmore
    • 5 years ago

    Please, don’t give them any ideas!

    • jensend
    • 5 years ago

    Still wondering when Intel is going to announce Pentium Bronze, Pentium Iron, and Pentium Clay.

    • UberGerbil
    • 5 years ago


    • Srsly_Bro
    • 5 years ago

    That chart needed some milk.

    • morphine
    • 5 years ago

    Too many table cells make Wayne a dull boy.


    • Atradeimos
    • 5 years ago

    It’s almost like we’ve been dealing with 4C parts for so long that it’s in muscle memory.

    • pirate_panda
    • 5 years ago

    The Core i5-8600k has 6 cores/6 threads not 4 cores/4 threads, otherwise it being $70 more than the higher-clocked i3-8350k makes little sense.

    Edit: and the i7 models should be 6 core/ 12 thread instead of 4/8.

    • chuckula
    • 5 years ago

    I was confused but I think I figured it out: Some of those entries should be adjusted to reflect 6 core CPUs.

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