Intel’s 8th generation of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs are in full swing. Officially launched in October 2017 under the umbrella term ‘Coffee Lake’, these are the CPUs powering almost every new PC and laptop you can buy today. There’s a smaller subset using AMD’s Ryzen+ CPUs (which have plenty to recommend them if you have a gander at our Ryzen 5 2600/2600X and Ryzen 7 2700/2700X reviews), but for the most part, Intel pretty much rule the roost when it comes to processors.
For those who don’t already know the ins and out of Coffee Lake (or feel in a need of a refresher), I’ve put together this helpful guide to fill in everything you need to know about Intel’s 8th Gen CPUs. This includes the price and specs of all the Coffee Lake processors you can buy right now, what separates a Coffee Lake from a Kaby Lake/Skylake/Cannon Lake and all other manner of ‘lakes’, which motherboards work with Coffee Lake, and a quick look what’s coming next from Intel.