Intel took no time at all to unveil some other big chip news after its Purely Xeon announcement, launching its 8th-generation 'Coffee Lake' desktop CPUs just a month or so later in September, and touting the flagship Core i7-8700K as its "best gaming desktop processor ever".
Based on Intel's long-awaited Coffee Lake processors, which the firm had previously confirmed will be built using the 14nm++ manufacturing process, the chips comprised of the quad-core Intel Core i3 and hexa-core Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs.
The flagship Core i7-8700K CPU, which set its sights firmly on AMD's top-end Ryzen chips, aimed to offer gamers are 25 per cent improvement in performance over Kaby Lake, according to Intel which used a direct comparison of the Core i7-8700K versus i7-7700K in Gears of War.
However, that was the end of any big chip announcements for Intel for 2017. The rest of the year was dominated by AMD and Nvidia.
In October, AMD released its latest Ryzen parts, this time the accelerated processing units (APUs), featuring Zen microprocessor cores integrated with the latest Vega GPUs.
Officially, the "Ryzen processor with Radeon Vega graphics", to quote AMD's marketing fluff, the company claimed its 15W Ryzen 7 2700U leaves a 91W Intel Kaby Lake Core i5-7600K desktop CPU in the dust in its favourite Cinebench benchmark.
Nvidia, however, used the month of October to unveil its long-rumoured GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPU. In a bid to take on the Radeon Vega 56, which AMD claimed outperformed Nvidia's 1070 GPU with its ability to offer a "smoother gaming experience", Nvidia's offering used the same GP104 GPU used in the GTX 1080, packing 2,432 CUDA cores (up from 1,920 in the GTX 1070) and offering 8GB of GDDR5 memory running at 8Gbps for a total bandwidth of 256GB/s.
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