There have been leaks from multiple sources of not only one but three Hexa-core processors from Intel. While the names two of them remain in the shadows, the details on the i7 8700K are enough to say that it’s the fastest of the trio.
Intel Core i7 8700K: 6 Cores, 12 Threads, 12MB Smart Cache
The new flagship Coffee Lake-S i7 8700K comes armed with 6 cores, 12 threads and an unlocked multiplier (hence the K). The base clock speed is 3.7GHz. It features a single core boost clock of 4.0GHz and six core boost of 4.3GHz.
It has a native support for 2400MHz dual channel memory, 12MB Level 3 cache and Intel’s usual 100Mhz BCLK frequency. The chip is compatible with LGA 1151 socket, which might be an indication of Coffee Lake being compatible with older Skylake 100-series or Kaby Lake 200-series boards, even though Intel is supposed to release a separate chipset alongside Coffee lake.
The other two consist of a 95W TDP chip with 3.2 GHz base, 3.6 GHz single/dual core boost and 3.4 GHz quad/hexa core boost accompanied by an unlocked multiplier. There is also another chip with a 65W TDP, which suggests that it might be a thermal efficient CPU with a base clock of 3.1GHz. However, the interesting part is that the boost clocks are significantly higher at 4.2GHz single core, 4.1 GHz dual core and 3.9GHz in quad/hexa core.
It is good to see Intel finally making some big advancements with their Coffee Lake family, probably more than they have done in years over quite a few generations. Coffee Lake will be launched sometime in Q3 this year and we finally have a few reasons to look forward to it, now that they are bringing hexa cores to the mainstream platform.
Data on Unknown Coffee Lake Chip Emerges
Videocardz has dug up a CPU-Z screenshot of an unknown 6 Core 12 Thread SKU with a 3.5GHz base clock and an all-core boost of 3.9GHz.
The TDP is rated at 80W. Intel hasn’t mentioned such a chip anywhere, which makes this being an engineering sample in development a possible assumption. The final product might differ in specs from the current specs, it is too early to assume.