1 8 Intels next gen Coffee Lake processors postponed to 2018: 8th Generation receives Kaby Lake Refresh This Year

Since Ryzen release we have been talking much about Coffee Lake which is the next generation or at least it was next generation of Intel mainstream processors. So, currently we are on Kaby-Lake which is the 7th generation previous to that we were on Sky-Lake which is the 6th generation so, guess what that means? That’s right it was the 8th generation and it was to launch in the second-half of 2017 according to all of Intel’s roadmaps.

According to few websites, the first one which broke the story as far as we are aware was  WinFuture.de. Intel has to tell his partners which of course motherboard vendors and so on that there’s going to be a delay and it’s not actually going to appear until 2018. So, basically the 8th generation gets to become Kaby-Lake refresh this year which sucks for anyone who didn’t necessarily need the number of cores let’s say a Ryzen 7 brings but instead was a CPU which is more clock speed sensitive.

Presumably we will see Coffee-Lake assuming all of the early indications, the roadmaps, the leaks and all that stuff is accurate; it will basically see a usual and traditional generation of bumps. So, in theory at least it will be a nice CPU and the fact that Intel are finally moving to a 6 core 12 thread model is a definitely a win.

Intel Coffee Lake S 6 Core Processors Specs (Preliminary):

CPU Name Intel Core i5-7600K Intel Core i5-8*** Intel Core i7-7700K Intel Core i7-8***
CPU Family Kaby Lake-S Coffee Lake-S Kaby Lake-S Coffee Lake-S
CPU Process 14nm 14nm 14nm 14nm
CPU Cores 4 6 4 6
CPU Threads 4 6 8 12
Base Clock 3.80 GHz 3.50 GHz (ES) 4.20 GHz TBD
Boost Clock 4.20 GHz 3.50 GHz (ES) 4.50 GHz TBD
L2 Cache 1 MB (256 KB per Core) 1.5 MB (256 KB per Core) 1 MB (256 KB per Core) 1.5 MB (256 KB per Core)
L3 Cache 6 MB 9 MB 8 MB 12 MB
Unlocked Design Yes Yes Yes Yes
Socket Support LGA 1151 LGA 1151? LGA 1151 LGA 1151?
PCH 200-Series 300-Series 200-Series 300-Series
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It wouldn’t be a surprise if some of this is down to manufacturing but it also wouldn’t be surprise if some of it isn’t. It wouldn’t be a surprise if some of it is because of Intel are also releasing their Sky-Lake X range of processors and that’s just like releasing 7740 on X299 platform but not too long after that you are then releasing Coffee-Lake which doesn’t make any sense. Coffee-Lake which has more cores available more threads available presumably high level of performance on mainstream than what you do on X299 platform which is just crazy.

It looks like we are going to be seeing Coffee-Lake refresh instead this year and these new 15 W Kaby-Lake U parts will double the core count from 2 to 4 and of course this is more for Ultrabooks than anything else.