Flying through the air, using your grappling hook to gain purchase on one ledge before jumping to another, or just to wreak havoc, is what makes Just Cause 3 so awesome… except when the open-world system stutters on your underpowered PC, and your glides take a low-frame-rate-induced tumble.
Graphically intense games like Just Cause 3, Doom, and Grand Theft Auto V are about to get some performance help thanks to Intel’s new 8th-Gen Core processors made specifically for big desktop machines (i.e. gaming rigs), which, the company claims, can boost frame rates by up to 25% over the previous 7th-Gen Core desktop CPUs.
“As gaming continues to expand to include a social audience while playing, performance while mega-tasking is critical so game + stream + record is now up to two times faster compared with a three-year-old machine,” said Intel in a press release.
The 8th-Gen Core family (AKA Coffee Lake), which follows last month’s reveal of the laptop CPUs, boasts up to six cores (two more than the 7th-Gen desktop family) and a max performance of 4.7GHz (when using the built-in Turbo Boost technology).
Designed for gamers and content creators, who could experience a 65% performance increase over systems at least three years old, these CPUs are also unlocked so system builders can squeeze maximum performance out of the processors, including something new: per-core over-clocking.
The 8th-Gen CPU is also designed to support 4K video, HDR, 360 video and immersive VR experiences.
Intel’s 8th-Gen Cores take on AMD’s 8-core (also over-clockable) Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs. Intel 7th-Gen Core have typically matched or slightly edged comparable Ryzen 7 CPUs. It’s possible the 8th-Gen Cores could leapfrog AMD’s desktop offering.
Available in Core i3, i5 and i7 models. Intel’s 8th-Gen Core CPUs go on sale Oct. 5, though the company did not announce pricing.