We already know Intel is rumored to be releasing their next-generation mainstream series of CPUs earlier than usual within the next few months under the codename “Coffee Lake,” offering up to 6 core CPUs. Though the mainstream 6 core CPUs will lack some of the features of Intel’s new X299 CPUs (like AVX-512 support).
The latest leaks come from CPCHardware, which includes new information about Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake series CPUs, including clock speeds TDPs and core counts for both i7 and i5 series CPUs.
In the high-end Intel will be releasing an i7 8700K CPU, though the name may change before launch. The new i7 8700K will feature 6 cores with Hyper-Threading with 12 total threads and clock at 3.7GHz base clock. This CPU will have 12MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 95W. A non-overclock variant, the i7 8700 will come with a 3.2GHz base clock, which is a huge drop when compared to its K-series variant.
But the most interesting information in this report is the existence of a 6-core i5 series CPU, which is set to come with the i5 8600K name and lack Hyper-Threading and come with only 9MB of L3 Cache while having the same 95W TDP. This CPU is said to release with a base clock speed of 3.6GHz. The non-overclock variant i5 8600 is said to come with a base clock of 2.8GHz, which again is a huge drop when compared to the similarly named K-series model.
When compared to current Kaby Lake CPUs, these new CPUs will offer lower clock speeds and there not much IPC improvement on Coffee Lake from previous gen, which means that these new CPUs should deliver less single-threaded performance than current CPUs. Though, these CPUs should easily be able to outperform their last-generation counterparts when their higher core counts in use. Another important aspect of Intel’s new Coffee Lake CPUs will be their core-to-core interconnection method, as Intel’s new Mesh architecture (which used in Skylake-X) can sometimes limit performance in gaming applications. But it’s not confirmed yet; Intel may continue to use theirs traditional ring bus architecture.
Intel is finally getting a head to head competition from AMD’s Ryzen and preparing to counter it with these new mainstream Coffee Lake CPUs, though this new competition will benefit us users greatly as we will get more performance and price drops.