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.

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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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    July 17, 2017 9:35 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, Intel to Release Mutliple Flavors of its Coffee Lake CPUs

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      July 17, 2017 9:37 AM

      Mutliple.

      http://i.imgur.com/U5PwxLL.gif

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      July 17, 2017 9:39 AM

      No Mocha Latte, no sale!!!

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      July 17, 2017 12:32 PM

      It's nice that Intel is finally going more than four cores mainstream. It's been so long that the consumer space has been stuck there.

      I do wonder what the clock speeds are going to be like. Are we going to have to choose between core count and clock speed?

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        July 17, 2017 12:50 PM

        Hopefully turbo speeds do not suffer but I will guess they can't get 6 all going at the same time as fast as 4. In theory overall performance is never slower under any workload. The 7900X sort of does this, turbos about as fast as a 7700k, but can run up to ten cores at slower rates.

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        July 17, 2017 1:44 PM

        The article mentions the base clock speeds for each of the chips.

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          July 17, 2017 2:55 PM

          It's more complicated than that isn't it? As Freon suggested above, we need to see what the cores Turbo up to, and even then we'll probably need benchmarks to get the full story.

          I'd hazard a guess that single core performance of the hexcore parts will be less than the quad core parts; but who knows.
          I'd like it to be the same, but I think that's hoping for too much.

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      July 17, 2017 12:47 PM

      Awesome. As silly as it may sound if I can slap a 6 core into my z170 board I'll drop the money on it. If it takes a new mobile that may be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

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        July 17, 2017 2:33 PM

        Combine it with a cheap mobile on a great plan?

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      July 17, 2017 2:34 PM

      The interesting part is the 6 core i5. It should outrun the current 4 core i7 at a much lower price.

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      July 17, 2017 8:48 PM

      I heard the 6+ core cpu's from Intel overheated like crazy, and that they need to just solder the cpu to the lid like AMD, instead of requiring this stupid de-lidding process if you don't want your cpu to die early.

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        July 17, 2017 8:48 PM

        And I'm referring to the Skylake-E and Coffee lake, not the Haswell/broadwell-E's overheating pretty badly.

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          July 17, 2017 8:49 PM

          Intel needs BTX motherboards again me-thinks like the good ole Pentium 4 Prescott :P

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      July 17, 2017 11:25 PM

      I'll wait for benchmarks. Here's the 7800X (6 core) getting rekt by a 7700k:

      https://www.techspot.com/review/1445-core-i7-7800x-vs-7700k/



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        July 17, 2017 11:33 PM

        Isn't every benchmark he does gpu bound?
        Usually you test cpu speed at lower quality settings so that the gpu isn't a bottleneck, still something is fishy in that test.

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        July 17, 2017 11:33 PM

        Wow that doesn't make sense, even overclocked past the 7700k it's still lagging behind.
        WTF?

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          July 18, 2017 12:07 AM

          Skylake-X has moved to a new internal interconnect system, which ironically seems to have some of the same stumbling blocks as the Ryzen CCX with interlinks system (being that the same things seem to get tripped up by it.)

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        July 18, 2017 6:09 AM

        The only benchmark you need is the #JarrardStandard

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      July 17, 2017 11:40 PM

      Several special blends of Coffee Lake, made with the finest imported scientists from around the world!

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      July 18, 2017 1:47 AM

      It seems like Ryzen was the best thing to happen in the CPU space in a long time. A challenged intel is a good intel.