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Intel to Release Multiple Flavors of its Coffee Lake CPUs

The chip maker's new CPU process is expected to give the mainstream market a double-shot of cores.


New leaks regarding Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake CPUs continues to filter in slowly. While previous rumors revolved around word of a 6-core i7 CPU running on the 1151 socket, a new report suggests that Intel has multiple hexacore chips brewing. Reported this morning by Videocardz (by way of CanardPC), up to four desktop CPUs could be receiving the 6-core treatment, including a pair that would fall under the Core i5 banner. Hexacore CPUs have been previously unavailable for Intel’s mainstream platforms in the past and users needing those cores were forced to outlay large amount of cash for its HEDT platforms.

The report details two new Coffee Lake Core i7 chips, the 8700K and 8700. The K variant is expected to carry a base clock of 3.7Ghz and the non-K chip using a base clock of 3.2Ghz. The surprising reveal of Core i5 parts hints at a similar pair of chips to be called the Core i5-8600K and Core i5-8400. The base clock of those parts are thought to be 3.6Ghz and 2.8Ghz, respectively. 6-core CPUs in Intel’s popular Core i5 lineup would compete nicely with AMD’s Ryzen 5 series of products. Also mentioned is a full 6-core mobile part expected to operate with a 45W TDP.

While all previous reports of these Coffee Lake parts mention the use of Intel’s existing Socket 1151, compatibility with Skylake and Kaby Lake motherboards using that same socket is unconfirmed. Many Skylake motherboards were made compatible with the Kaby Lake CPUs released in January by way of BIOS updates. There is a ocean of motherboard owners out there hoping that a similar update will enable compatibility for Intel’s brown, steamy Coffee goodness.

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