We've been hearing whispers surrounding Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake S processors and new Z390 chipset for several months. Going by Intel's roadmap, these new CPUs are expected to launch in the second half of this year, and this week, we may have got a peek at the intended flagship, with 8 cores and 16 threads.
We are used to benchmark databases leaking hardware details a little early. This week, the folks over at Videocardz managed to unearth an upcoming Intel Coffee Lake S CPU, which was being tested on 3DMark. The key details are that this particular processor features 8C/16T, whereas the current batch of Coffee Lake processors top out at 6C/12T.
The 3DMark Database listing also showed this CPU running at a clock speed of 2.2GHz, but that will likely change by the time this processor launches. The processor was tested on an Intel CoffeeLake S 82 UDIMM RVP motherboard, which is an engineering board used for in-house tests.
Currently, we don't know if Coffee Lake S will launch under the ‘8th Gen' banner, or if Intel will brand it as a ‘9th Gen' CPU. Still, we should learn more as the year progresses, perhaps with a full announcement at Computex.
KitGuru Says: Intel stuck with quad-core designs for its mainstream processors for a long time, but we finally saw steps in a new direction last year with Coffee Lake. We currently have six-core i7 and i5 processors, with Coffee Lake S, it looks like we'll see things go a step further. Are any of you currently planning a new PC build for this year? Will you be waiting to see what Intel brings to the table with Coffee Lake S?