Hands-on: Google Daydream View (2017) review

Hands-on: Google Daydream View (2017) review

Using your smartphone to power a VR headset is much cheaper than getting something like the HTC Vive and now Google has a new model to tempt you with. Here’s our Google Daydream View 2017 hands-on review.

Google Daydream View 2017 price

As with almost all new tech products, the Daydream View for this year is more expensive than its predecessor.

While the original was a bit of a bargain at £69, the 2017 Daydream View is £99 and you can pre-order from the Google Store ahead of its 17 October release date. Buy this year and you’ll get £35 worth of games for free.

The big question is why Google has bumped the price by almost 50 percent.

Daydream View 2017

Daydream View 2017

Google Daydream View 2017 design and features

There’s little to justify the price hike when it comes to design. The new Daydream View headset it almost identical to the original – read our review of the first Daydream View.

You’d be forgiven for not being able to tell the difference in some sort of police line-up. There’s still a flap at the front where the phone goes that’s held in place with an elastic loop.

The overall shape is the same, understandably, so the main change is a new fabric which is similar to one used on the Google Home Mini. It’s a bit more coarse so might be more durable but we think we actually prefer the original.

Google says it’s more comfortable this time and that’s largely due to an additional strap that goes over the top of your head. This was our biggest complain about the design of the original. There’s also a loop on the strap to store the controller.

The Daydream View 2017 is available in three colours: Fog, Charcoal and Coral. The Fog option is shown in the photos.

Google Daydream View 2017 VR headset

Google Daydream View 2017 VR headset

With the same motion controller, which works pretty well, the main technical upgrade to the new Daydream View headset is the lenses.

These are now ‘high-performance’, although Google doesn’t state how exactly, which results in better image clarity and a wider field of view. How much better or wider are two more things Google won’t say.

We found the headset comfortable and performance relatively smooth during some hands-on time. However, we didn’t feel like there was a hugely noticeable difference from the original – perhaps we will if we test them side-by-side but that wasn’t an option and the launch event.

Much of the performance is down to the phone you put in the headset and it’ll have to be Daydream compatible. The new Google Pixel 2 phones are, of course, and some other examples include the Samsung Galaxy S8, Asus ZenFone AR and Motorola Moto Z2. See a full list here.

There are some new Daydream View software features such as casting what you’re seeing inside the headset to a TV so others can see what you’re doing in VR land. You can also exclusively get IMAX movies on the Pixel 2 phones.

The overall issue here is that any new software features here will still work with the older Daydream View headset.

OUR VERDICT

We like the new Daydream View VR headset, but while it’s nice to see Google making improvements on the original we’re not convinced that the £30 price bump is warranted for slightly better lenses and an additional strap.

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Intel Core i7-8700K

Intel had to push the core count on its mainstream processors with Coffee Lake. This was inevitable, and frankly, would have been unthinkable had chip maker introduced yet another generation of quad-core CPUs in light of how AMD has redrawn the battle lines with Ryzen and Threadripper.

And, so, here we are.

The Intel Core i7-8700K leads the pack of a new generation of Coffee Lake-S desktop processors with six-cores, 12-threads and higher frequencies than any of AMD’s Ryzen 7 processors. After testing the processor for a week, the new flagship chip is everything we’ve ever wanted from Intel with stellar gaming experiences, hyper-threading performance that outpaces Ryzen and plenty of room for overclocking.

Spec sheet

Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base clock: 3.7Hz
Boost clock: 4.7GHz
L3 cache: 12MB
TDP: 95W

Pricing and availability

Priced at $359 (about £270, AU$460), the Intel Core i7-8700K aims to take on AMD’s best Ryzen 7 processors including the $399 (£319, AU$499) 1700X and $499 (£399, AU$649) 1800X

Though this processor comes with two fewer cores than its rivals, the 8700K pulls ahead with higher base and boost frequencies of 3.7 and 4.7GHz, respectively.

A hexa-core mainstream processor is a big step forward for Intel, who previously placed anything with more than four-cores within its high-end-desktop (HEDT) E- and X-series ranges.

Speaking of which, Intel’s current six-core i7-7800X Skylake-X CPU might come super close in price at $379 (£349, AU$495), but those X299 motherboards come at a higher premium than the new Z370 standard. Unfortunately, if you’re thinking about moving on up to Coffee Lake-S, you’re definitely going to have to buy a new motherboard, as older the Z270 platforms don’t support latest generation’s higher power delivery demands.

While we’re tallying up the extra expenses, bumping up the core count has resulted in a small price increase. The Kaby Lake processor the 8700K replaces, the Intel Core i7-7700K, was a teensy bit more affordable at $349 (£299, AU$459).

Features and chipset

Intel worked some form of black magic to squeeze 18-cores into the tiny Intel Core i9-7980XE, and some of that witchcraft has found its way into the Intel Core i7-8700K. Despite packing in two more cores than we ever saw on Kaby Lake, the processor package hasn’t grown by a single millimeter. 

While that’s impressive, it’s also slightly annoying that this new generation of CPUs still demands us to buy into a whole new motherboard.

Furthermore, the Z370 platform isn’t really that much of a step up from Z270. You still only have support for dual-channel memory and, out of the 40 available PCIe lanes, only 16 are directly connected to the CPU. The other 24 PCIe lanes share a single DMI 3.0 connection to the CPU, which means you can only squeeze out the full potential of two graphics cards – or one GPU and two M.2 NVMe SSDs.

Thankfully, Z370 does have a silver lining of adding official support for DDR4 2,666MHz memory – up from the 2,400MHz frequency seen on Z270 – and improved power delivery for some of the greatest overclocking we’ve seen on a mainstream processor.

Test system specs

GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti (11GB GDDR5X VRAM)
RAM: 32GB Vengeance LED DDR4 (3,200MHz)
Motherboard: Asus ROG Strix Z370-E Gaming
Power Supply: Corsiar RM850x
Storage: 512GB Samsung 960 Pro M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
Cooling: Thermaltake Floe Riing 360 TT Premium Edition
Operating system: Windows 10

Performance

The Core i7-8700K brings Intel’s multi-core performance up to and well above the high benchmark Ryzen has set this year.

This chip soundly overtook AMD’s competing Ryzen 7 1700X in Geekbench 4, with a score several thousands of points higher – by extension, this makes the previous-generation Intel Core i7-7700K’s multi-core numbers look like a joke.

What’s even more impressive is Intel’s latest part beat the pants off its predecessor in all our single-core tests, too.

All of this processing power also ends up helping the 8700K convert video as fast as some of the industry’s most overpowered CPUs, like the Intel Core i9-7980XE and AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X – though these aforementioned chips will still win any hyper-threading race through sheer brute force.

In terms of gaming performance, by our testing, you’re not going see a huge improvement. Compared to the Intel Core i7-7700K, the shiny new hexa-core successor increased frame rates across the board, with the greatest improvement seen in titles running at Full HD and Ultra quality settings.

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Overclocking and heat

Of course, with a core count increase comes the inevitable bump in power consumption, but we weren’t expecting the 8700K to be twice as power energy-hungry compared to its rivals. Still, at idle, the hexa-core CPU sips electricity at an average of five-watts, far less than the 12-watts the AMD 1700X gulps, so Intel hasn’t completely thrown energy efficiency out the window.

On the flipside, the 8700K is more than happy to soak up extra current and push itself beyond its rated maximum 4.7GHz frequency.

We easily achieved a 5.0GHz frequency across all the cores just by giving the processor an extra 0.02 volts of juice, and only saw the maximum temperature jump to 85-degrees Celsius and 152.84 watts of power consumption. Another extra dab of juice allowed us to further clock up the Intel Core i7-8700K to 5.1GHz across all cores without significantly detrimental effects.

Pushing the six-cores to 5.2GHz unfortunately proved to be too unstable to even get Windows 10 to load properly. While this might seem disappointingly short from the 8700K’s maximum speed of 4.7GHz, we’re impressed with how little extra heat and power demands overclocking created.

Overall, the Intel 8700K stayed relatively cool, maxing out at only 76-degrees Celsius while operating normally and comfortably seated under a Thermaltake triple-radiator as its cooling blanket. The only time it got a little hot under the covers was when we overclocked the CPU to the aforementioned 5.1GHz, wherein it reached a peak temperature of 87-degrees Celsius.

Final verdict

Intel Core i7-8700K proves Team Blue is still the top dog in the processor world. Coffee Lake is a clear improvement over Kaby Lake with impressively higher single-core and multi-core numbers, and ever-so-slightly better gaming performance. What’s more, the staggering hyper-threading performance puts it well above AMD’s octo-core Ryzen processors and even into the realm of some high-end desktop (HEDT) parts.

The Intel 8700K gets a little hotter and more power hungry than we would like, but that was somewhat expected with the bump up in cores. What we didn’t expect as a pleasant surprise was the ease of overclocking the processor to 5.1GHz, not to mention the relatively low-impact of doing so.

The toughest pill to swallow out of all of this is having to get a new motherboard to even use Coffee Lake-S. But, if you’re willing to spend the money to upgrade both components, the Intel Core i7-8700K is the best mainstream processor on the market, and it comes with all the bragging rights of having the highest benchmark numbers in its class.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 422 review: This box is fast and built to last

Netgear makes well-built, super-fast NAS boxes that we truly enjoy testing. The ReadyNAS RN422 might seem expensive—you can buy one at Amazon, without drives, for $360—but they’re actually quite affordable compared to similar business-grade products from QNAP and Synology. While aimed at the enterprise, this class of hardware is outstanding for media streaming and backup on a home network.

The only downside is the occasional need for above-average tech chops for things like setting up a website server or FTP backup. If that doesn’t faze you, then the RN422 (or any of its siblings: the RN424, RN426, or RN428, offering four, six, and eight drive bays respectively) will serve you well. Pun intended.

Design and features

The RN422 is a two-bay box with a front-panel LCD and five modern-looking, blue-backlit buttons that you can use to view the box’s status and perform simple functions. Flip that part of the box to the side and you have access to the easy-change drive bays. Below the swing panel and drive bays is a single USB 3.0 port.

The back of the RN422 is home to a pair of gigabit ethernet ports, a second USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port, the power jack, and a Kensington lock port. The chassis and shell are largely black and of mostly metal construction. The RN422 is hefty enough to stay where it’s put, even if you install lightweight SSDs. The same can’t be said for NAS boxes largely made of plastic.

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With dual gigabit ethernet ports—whether used for for doubling throughput or failover protection—the RN422 is as fast and as reliable as they come.

The two bays feature trays with plastic screw-replacing inserts for hard drive installation. It’s easy, at least once you spot the diagram on the tray that shows you how to work them: Slide up the same tab that releases the tray from the bay and the insert will slide out about 4 inches, so you can bend out the sides and slide in the hard drive. Press in the second slide-stop where it catches on a hole to completely remove the insert for SSD installation, which does require screws.

Setup and apps

Netgear recommends setting up the RN422 via the ReadyCloud.Netgear.com web portal; however, we wanted to take the front panel for a spin. Installing an SSD that was already formatted, stopped the box with the error: “Used disks, check RAIDar.” That’s fine, as it could save you from accidentally overwriting important data, but the front panel doesn’t take you any any further. That’s a bit of a tease for IT types who might like to administer the box from the front panel.

The web portal didn’t work for us either for some reason, so we downloaded Netgear’s RAIDar utility, which found the box and allowed us to reformat the drive. Alternatives are a good thing. And if the web portal works for you—even better.

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Though you may need to spend some time with the user’s guide, you’ll be glad you did. There’s not much that the RN422 isn’t capable of.

Once up and running, we were impressed with ReadyNAS OS 6.8. It’s improved since our look at version 6.6 on the RN212, and there are quite a few apps available, including BitTorrent, Drupal, and an iDrive client. Our only major wish is for an email server, but that’s a small-business thing that will affect few users. Speaking of business, it would be nice if setting up a website server was little less convoluted.

Intel Core i7-8770K review

It seems as if Intel’s seventh-generation processors have only been around a few months but now Kaby Lake has been superseded by Coffee Lake and now we’re reviewing the flagship: the Core i7-8700K.

It’s the first Core i7 to have six cores, so even though it’s the fourth generation to use the 14nm manufacturing process, it’s not a chip to immediately write off.

There is one snag if you were hoping to upgrade, though: Coffee Lake requires a new motherboard and chipset. Although it has the same number of pins and uses the LGA 1151 socket, the actual pin configuration is very different.

Core i7-8770K: price

You can buy a Core i7-8700K for £359.99 from Overclockers UK. To put this in context, a Ryzen 7 1800X costs roughly £390 these days (down from £499.99 when it launched) and a Core i7-7700K costs around £300.

The 8700K therefore sits right in the middle – not just for price but also in terms of cores and threads. The Ryzen has 8 and 16 respectively, and the i7-7700K half these numbers with 4 and 8.

But you can’t buy any processor simply because it has a certain number of cores. There are plenty of other factors, not least of which is clock speed.

Core i7-8770K: Features and specs

Intel has been steadily optimising the 14nm process for years but it’s still a surprise that it has managed to extract more performance after Kaby Lake.

Core i7-8700K review

Core i7-8700K review

As an overall figure, Intel says Coffee Lake is 15 percent faster than Kaby Lake, which itself is 15 percent quicker than Skylake. But the real improvement, according to Intel, is in gaming.

Looking at the specs, it’s clear that the extra two cores and four threads are what gives the i7-8700K the biggest speed boost, but don’t overlook those clock speeds. The base clock is already decent at 3.7GHz (that’s the Ryzen 7 1800X’s boost speed), but it will boost to 4.7GHz on one core.

On two cores it will go to 4.6GHz, three to 4.5GHz, four to 4.4GHz and 4.3GHz on all six.

The K suffix – as all Intel fans will know – means this chip is unlocked so you can push these speeds up if you have a suitable motherboard and cooler.

Without overclocking, the chip supports dual-channel DDR4-2666 memory, but this can be overclocked up to 4400MHz. The Asus Prime Z370-A motherboard we used for testing (£159.99 from Overclockers UK) supports RAM up to 4000MHz, however.

There’s 12MB of L3 cache and 1.5MB of L2 cache shared between all six cores (256KB per core).

There’s support for 40 PCIe lanes, but only 16 are wired directly to the CPU. The others have to share a DMI 3.0 connection to the processor, which means performance could be limited if you go for a motherboard with multiple M.2 slots for NVMe drives.

While you might consider it unfair to list the built-in GPU last – almost as a side note – virtually everyone who chooses an 8700K will pair it with a separate graphics card and most likely something high end. The Intel UHD 630 Graphics is essentially identical to the GPU found in Kaby Lake processors.

Although it can handle some games without dipping below 30fps, you’ll most likely be running at 720p or with the quality settings turned down. It’s fine if you’ve got a Core i3 – or possibly even i5 – but it doesn’t really cut it in a high-end chip like this. 

Intel Optane Memory

Like the 7th-gen processors, Coffee Lake supports Intel Optane Memory. This is M.2 NVMe storage with a choice of 16- or 32GB of very fast storage.

Core i7-8700K review - Optane

Core i7-8700K review - Optane

It’s essentially a cache for your older hard drive or SSD and is designed to speed up things like boot times, application launch times and make your PC generally more responsive. It’s a more affordable way to do this than buying an expensive high-capacity NVMe drive like the Samsung Evo 960 Pro.

However, at £73.49 from Scan for the 32GB module, you could argue that it’s better to just put that cash towards a bigger capacity NVMe drive such as the 250GB Samsung 960 Evo. That costs £109.99 from Scan and you can read our review of the drive.

Core i7-8700K Benchmarks

So how does the Core i7-8700K fare against its rivals? The short answer is that it’s very impressive indeed.

Core i7-8700K review - Optane

Core i7-8700K review - Optane

For testing we installed the processor into an Asus Prime Z370-A motherboard along with 16GB of Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000 DDR4 memory (2x 8GB), a 32GB Intel Optane module, a 120GB Corsair Force 3 SSD and an Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics card.

We installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 64-bit and the latest BIOS and drivers for everything available at the time of review.

Overall, the i7-8700K does lag behind processors with more cores in some tests (no surprise there), but when fewer cores are used, those high clock speeds make it shine brightly. And in other tests which do use all cores, it roundly beats its more expensive rivals.

In Cinebench R15, for example, it scores 209 – higher than the Core i9-7900K (188) and even Ryzen Threadripper 1950X (168). Of course, it can’t compete when you enable all cores and threads, but it’s comfortably ahead of the i7-7700K it replaces.

Under more real-world testing, such as in PCMark 8’s Work test, it managed 5539: higher than the Ryzen 7 1800X’s 5419.

In game tests, it’s also faster than its rivals. In 3DMark Fire Strike, the 8700K boosted the score to 20084. But with a Ryzen 7 1800X we saw 17077 – almost 18 percent slower.

Similarly, in VRMark Orange Room – a test of VR capabilities – the 8700K returned a score of 12057, which is 30 percent quicker than the score with a Ryzen 7 1800X and the same GTX 1080 graphics card.

That’s a bigger difference that you’ll likely see in most games: in Time Spy there was less than 4 percent between the two processors.

Should I buy an i7-8700K?

Really, it depends on what you already have. If you have PC that’s over three years old and you’re happy to upgrade your motherboard then the 8700K is a compelling choice.

If you were deliberating on whether to go with a Ryzen 7 or a seventh-gen Core i7, the answer would have been AMD. But Coffee Lake has brought Intel firmly back into the mix for enthusiast-level desktops.

The i7-8700K, despite being two cores and four threads down, manages to outpace the Ryzen 7 1800X thanks to faster clock speeds and superb gaming performance.

None of this would really matter if Intel hadn’t been competitive on price, but is most certainly is. The 8700K is sensibly priced and compatible Z370 motherboards aren’t ludicrously expensive either.

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Core i7-8700K Review: Coffee Lake Brews A Great Gaming CPU

Intel’s Core 2 Quad processors debuted with four cores in 2006. Although six-core models landed four years later in the high-end desktop space, the company’s most accessible chips topped out in quad-core configurations for more than a decade. The Coffee Lake era begins with Intel upending its mainstream line-up by adding two more cores to Core i7, i5, and i3 families. Call this a much-needed improvement, cleverly timed to stave off AMD’s core-laden Ryzen assault.

Of course, while Intel’s accelerated Coffee Lake-S launch makes it look today’s unveiling is a direct response to heated competition, in reality, the long incubation period for new processors means it’s more likely the result of 10nm manufacturing delays.

Just last year, Intel announced a new process-architecture-optimize cadence designed to deliver smaller transistors every third generation. That’s a profound departure from the glory days of Intel’s tick-tock model. The latest 14nm++ process is the fourth outing of the 14nm node, which originally debuted with Broadwell back in 2014. So, it appears that PAO is already falling by the wayside. In the days of tick-tock, we’d also be talking about a new architecture right now. But Coffee Lake employs the same Skylake design as Kaby Lake before it. We also get the same fundamental integrated graphics engine found in the previous generation. To be sure, Coffee Lake is another iterative update.

But there’s nothing mundane about adding more cores. Intel claims Coffee Lake offers up to 25% more gaming performance and up to 45% more “mega-tasking” performance. Given similar price points versus Kaby Lake, we’re almost certainly looking at a huge step forward in value.

This is obviously a busy year for Intel. But as if the company’s product stack wasn’t already confusing, its eighth-generation portfolio draws from three separate architectures, including 14nm+ Kaby Lake-R (refresh), 14nm++ Coffee Lake, and 10nm Cannon Lake, which should land next year.

Intel Core i7-8700K

Core i7-8700K serves as this generation’s flagship, sporting six Hyper-Threaded cores. Already, that’s a big increase from Kaby Lake’s 4C/8T maximum. It features the company’s highest clock rates, accelerating up to 4.7 GHz via Turbo Boost. The -8700K does sacrifice some base frequency in exchange for a higher core count, though. Its 3.7 GHz specification is 500 MHz lower than the -7700K, offsetting the increased power consumption and heat generated by a 6C/12T configuration.

The -8700K’s Coffee Lake design utilizes a 14nm++ process, which Intel claims offers 26% more performance and 52% less leakage power than first-generation 14nm manufacturing. Those advances enable the higher Turbo Boost bins and reduce consumption enough to carve out room for extra cores. A more complex die does necessitate a TDP rating of up to 95W. But that’s only 4% higher than Core i7-7700K. And as we’ve seen before, Turbo Boost allows the CPU to operate beyond its rated TDP as long as current, power, and temperature fall below specified limits. As you might imagine, then, the impact of two additional cores is felt under load.

The top 4.7 GHz Turbo Boost bin should help improve performance in lightly-threaded applications. But Core i7-8700K also includes aggressive multi-core bins to help chew through threaded workloads. Because these CPUs employ Intel’s Skylake architecture, we aren’t expecting any speed-ups attributable to IPC throughput. All gains come from core count and clock rate alone. Intel isn’t officially disclosing a die size or transistor count, but early delidding efforts indicate a ~151mm2 area. That’s naturally larger than Kaby Lake’s ~122mm2, reflecting the additional execution and cache resources. Intel confirms that Coffee Lake continues to employ its ring bus, rather than Skylake-X’s mesh topology.

Active Cores
1
2
4
6
Intel Core i7-8700K
4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.3 GHz
Intel Core i7-7700K
4.5 GHz 4.4 GHz 4.4 GHz

Intel also adds 50% more cores to its Core i5 family, and doubles Core i3’s core count. But it pulls Hyper-Threading support from Core i3 in the process. Nevertheless, we expect gamers to realize palpable gains moving from dual-core Hyper-Threaded platforms to inexpensive quad-core setups.

Core i5 and i7 also support speedier DDR4-2666 transfer rates, up from Kaby Lake’s DDR4-2400 spec. Core i3 remains limited to DDR4-2400, though. This could just be Intel’s attempt to segment its line-up, or perhaps the Core i3s are really just quad-core Kaby Lake designs transplanted onto a 14nm++ process. 

Intel Core
i7-8700K
Intel Core
i7-8700
Intel Core i5-8600K Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i3-8350K Intel Core i3-8100
Socket
LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151
Cores/Threads
6 / 12 6 / 12 6 / 6 6 / 6  4 / 4 4 / 4
Base Frequency
3.7 GHz 3.2 GHz 3.6 GHz 2.8 GHz 4.0 GHz 3.6 GHz
Boost Frequency
4.7 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.0 GHz N/A N/A
Memory Speed
DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2400
Memory Controller
Dual-Channel Dual-Channel Dual-Channel Dual-Channel Dual-Channel Dual-Channel
Unlocked Multiplier
Yes No Yes No Yes No
PCIe Lanes
x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3 x16 Gen3
Integrated Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 630 (up to 1200 MHz) Intel UHD Graphics 630 (up to 1200 MHz) Intel UHD Graphics 630 (up to 1150 MHz) Intel UHD Graphics 630 (up to 1150 MHz) Intel UHD Graphics 630 (up to 1150 MHz) Intel UHD Graphics 630 (up to 1150 MHz)
Cache (L2+L3)
13.5MB 13.5MB 10.5MB 10.5MB 9MB 7MB
Architecture
Coffee Lake Coffee Lake Coffee Lake Coffee Lake Coffee Lake Coffee Lake
Process
14nm++ 14nm++ 14nm++ 14nm++ 14nm++ 14nm++
TDP
95W 65W 95W 65W 91W 65W
Price
(per 1K Unit)
$359 $303 $257 $182 $168 $117

Unfortunately, Intel still doesn’t enable Turbo Boost on its Core i3 CPUs. So, we could see a performance dip in lightly threaded workloads due to Coffee Lake’s lower base frequencies. You do get 100% more cores in exchange, though. Physical cores are always preferable to logical ones, so the new implementation of Core i3 should come out ahead in most of our benchmarks.

As expected, most models continue to wield 2MB of L3 and 256MB of L2 cache per core. As a side effect of its higher core counts, then, Coffee Lake processors enjoy the benefits of more cache. Core i3-8100 is the lone exception with only 6MB of L3 cache.

PCIe connectivity remains unchanged; you get 16 lanes of third-gen PCIe from the CPU’s controller. Intel reminds us, though, that it offers up to 40 lanes when we add the platform controller hub’s 24.

You’ll need a Z370-based motherboard for Coffee Lake processors. The 200-series chipsets are not compatible. And in a clear indication that Intel really hurried its launch schedule, less expensive B- or H-series chipsets won’t be ready until next year. Paying a premium for Z-class core logic isn’t much of a surprise for enthusiasts, who need the higher-end chipset to support unlocked multipliers. But it’s a little bit overkill for everyone else.

Coffee Lake Intel Core
i7-8700K
Intel Core
i7-8700
Intel Core i5-8600K Intel Core i5-8400 Intel Core i3-8350K Intel Core i3-8100
Cost Per Core/Thread $59.83 / $29.92 $50.50 / $25.25 $42.83 / $42.83 $30.33 / $30.33 $42 / $42 $29.95 / $29.95
Kaby Lake Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-7700 Intel Core i5-7600K Intel Core i5-7400 Intel i3-7350K Intel i3-7100
Cost Per Core/Thread $84.75 / $42.38 $75.75 / $37.88 $60.50 / $60.50 $45.50 / $45.50 $84 / $42 $58.50 / $29.95
Ryzen Ryzen 7
1700X
Ryzen 7
1700
Ryzen 5
1600X
Ryzen 5
1500X
Ryzen 5
1400
Ryzen 3
1300X
Cost Per Core/Thread $49.88 / $24.94 $41.13 / $20.56 $41.50 / $20.75 $47.50 / $23.75 $42.25 / $21.12 $32.50 / $32.50

We’re using Intel’s 1K unit pricing for comparisons to the Kaby Lake models and AMD’s MSRP for price-equivalent Ryzen chips. We may see higher prices on Intel’s CPUs at retail, while AMD models routinely sell below MSRP.

Intel adds a ~$20 premium to its K-series SKUs compared to their Kaby Lake equivalents. Overall, though, you pay less per core. Again, Intel removed Hyper-Threading from its Core i3s, so their price per thread remains unchanged. With the exception of Ryzen 3, AMD maintains a price advantage across its portfolio, due in part to SMT on the Ryzen 5 family. The benchmarks will give us a better idea of performance-per-dollar compared to Kaby Lake and Ryzen, though.    

Overclocking headroom was one of Kaby Lake’s biggest advantages due to Ryzen’s limited scaling. Intel adds per-core overclocking support to this generation, but doesn’t provide per-core voltage and P-state controls. It also enables live memory timing adjustments (without rebooting), along with memory multipliers up to 8400 MT/s, so you don’t have to adjust the BCLK frequency to chase bleeding-edge transfer rates. Finally, enhanced GT and Ring PLL Trim controls add more granular control.

Intel makes some power optimizations to its interface that promise to extend the advantage while overclocking. However, the company continues to insist on using thermal paste between its die and IHS, rather than solder. Like all unlocked Intel models, the Core i7-8700K doesn’t include a stock cooler.

Nevertheless, we have to give the big company credit for staying on its toes this year. It already introduced Kaby Lake, Skylake-X, and Kaby Lake-Refresh. Next year, we’ll have new Pentium and Celeron line-ups headed our way. But for now, we’re looking forward to testing what Intel claims is its best gaming chip yet.

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How to use Spotify Time Capsule

Two years ago Spotify introduced Discovery Weekly, a playlist compiled every Monday with two-hours of personalized music tailored specifically to a user’s musical taste.

The feature combines the musical preference of the listener with popular songs enjoyed by other Spotify users, resulting in a unique mixtape full of new discoveries.

Discover Weekly appeared to be an instant hit, reaching 1.7 billion streams in between July and December of 2015. According to Spotify, the number of users that enjoyed this feature has grown exponentially. In 2016, 40 million people who had streamed over 100 million songs enjoy the curated 30 tracks each week.

Spotify has just introduced its newest personalised playlist, Time Capsule, that takes listeners back to their teenage years.

Similar to the makeup of Discover Weekly, Time Capsule analyses a Spotify member’s music preferences and age, then pulls 30 iconic hits from their teens and early 20s.

This nostalgic twist on Spotify’s hit music discovery algorithm is accessible in three different ways.

Ready to relive your teenage years?! Read on.

How to find your Time Capsule playlist

Search Time Capsule

Once logged into your Spotify account, the simplest way to find your Time Capsule is simply to search ‘Time Capsule’ in the search bar.

Your Time Capsule should appear as your top result.

Browse Decades 

You can also find your Time Capsule playlist in the ‘Decades’ section. Time Capsule doesn’t appear outright, like some of the other customisable playlists.

Once logged into your account, go to the ‘Browse’ section on your Spotify home dock. Scroll down through the different genres and moods, and you will find ‘Decades.’

Within Decades is your personal Time Capsule playlist.

Go to Time Capsule Page

Lastly, if you’re using the browser version of spotify, you may access your Time Capsule by visiting https://timecapsule.spotify.com.

Considerations

If you are currently a teenager or haven’t been a Spotify member for at least two weeks, this new feature is unfortunately unavailable to you.

Two weeks gives Spotify enough time to analyse your music preferences and generate a collection of throwback hits that they think you’ll enjoy. The longer you’ve been a Spotify user, the better the app is able to create a playlist to your liking.

According to Spotify, 15 years and below doesn’t offer a large enough time period to cultivate a playlist categorised as “teen” or “early 20s”. The music would not be considered a throwback, in Spotify’s opinion.

Though you’ll be out of luck for the Time Capsule feature for a few years, you can continue streaming millions of tracks and discover new music with the Discover Weekly playlist.


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