With “Coffee Lake” Intel Will Bring First 6-core Mainstream CPU

Intel’s future “Coffee Lake” micro-architecture, or the 9th generation Core processor family by Intel, which scheduled for launch in the second half of 2018. The “Coffee Lake” will succeed the 8th generation “Cannon Lake” family of notebook processors (which likely to doesn’t launch on the desktop platform), meaning that it will replace the 7th Gen Core “Kaby Lake” socket LGA1151 processors which slated for January 2017.


While it’s unknown if the mainstream “Coffee Lake” desktop CPUs will continue to be based on the LGA1151 socket, or introduce a new socket. The leaked platform layout diagram by Benchlife.info, supported by new connectivity interfaces coming out of the CPU package. The biggest selling-point of “Coffee Lake,” is its core-count.

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Now most interesting thing about the new 9th generation Core “Coffee Lake” family is the possibility of introducing Intel’s first 6-core processor to the mainstream desktop platform. Intel’s first 6-core consumer CPU part was launched in its LGA1366 HEDT (high-end desktop) platform with the Core i7 “Gulftown” processor, way back in 2010. But, Intel decided to limit the core count to 4 for its mainstream desktop lineup. Though, the 6-core “Coffee Lake” silicon will be built on a highly-refined 14 nm node by Intel, with a die-size of 149 mm². Quad-core parts won’t be carved out of this silicon by disabling two cores, but rather be built on a smaller 126 mm² die. For reference, the quad-core “Kaby Lake” die is expected to be 123 mm², and the current quad-core “Skylake-D” die measures 122.6 mm².