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Intel Coffee Lake Mainstream 6 Core Processors Launching in Q1 2018 Alongside 300-Series Cannonlake PCH – Coffee Lake-X Details Leaked Too

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Nov 19, 2016
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Intel’s 8th generation Coffee Lake processors have been detailed ahead of their arrival which is due in 2018. The Intel Coffee Lake CPUs will be a full fledged lineup based on the 14nm process node which is going to be really interesting.

Intel’s Coffee Lake Processors For 2018 Detailed – Coffee Lake-X, Coffee Lake-S, Coffee Lake-H To Get 6 Core SKUs

Intel’s Coffee Lake processors are really interesting for the mainstream and performance users. The chips pack architectural enhancements on the CPU side and improvements from the Kaby Lake CPU architecture are also carried over. The leak comes straight from Benchlife who have not only posted platform details but also specific SKU details.

Details of Intel’s entire Coffee Lake 2018 CPU lineup have been leaked. (Image Credits: Benchlife)

Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup which will be introduced in 2018 will include Coffee Lake-U, Coffee Lake-H, Coffee Lake-S and Coffee Lake-X. We will start off with the desktop parts first as gamers and enthusiasts are most interested in these products.

Intel Coffee Lake-X Enthusiast Processors – Extreme Series To Feature iGPU?

Tech giant Intel is launching a new socket LGA 2066 to support their Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors. They will have Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X launching simultaneously in second half of 2017. While Skylake-X will feature SKUs with up to 10 cores, Kaby Lake-X will offer an intermediary solution to enthusiasts who want to upgrade to HE-DT platforms without breaking their budget.

The Kaby Lake-X processors will feature only 4 cores but the update to Kaby Lake-X will arrive in 2018. This will be in the form of Coffee Lake-X which is listed to feature a 6+2 die configuration. This means that Coffee Lake X series will feature 6 core SKUs measuring at a die size of 149mm2. Also surprisingly, Intel will be offering the chips with GT2 level graphics chip which is interesting to see as their previous enthusiast lines excluded the GPU part from the main chip.

Intel HEDT Processor Families:

Intel HEDT FamilyGulftownSandy Bridge-EIvy Bridge-EHaswell-EBroadwell-ESkylake-XKaby Lake-XCoffee Lake-X
Process Node32nm32nm22nm22nm14nm14nm14nm14nm
Flagship SKUCore i7-980XCore i7-3960XCore i7-4960XCore i7-5960XCore i7-6950XCore i7-7000 XCore i7-7000 SeriesCore i7-8000 series
Max Cores/Threads6/126/126/128/1610/2010/204/86/12
Clock Speeds3.33/3,60 GHz3.30/3.90 GHz3.60/4.00 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz3.00/3.50 GHzTBDTBDTBD
Max Cache12 MB L315 MB L315 MB L320 MB L325 MB L313.75 MB L38 MB L3TBD
Max PCI-Express Lanes32 Gen240 Gen240 Gen340 Gen340 Gen344 Gen316 Gen3TBD
Chipset CompatiblityX58 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX99 ChipsetKaby Lake PCHKaby Lake PCHKaby Lake PCH?
Socket CompatiblityLGA 1366LGA 2011LGA 2011LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066?
Memory CompatiblityDDR3-1066DDR3-1600DDR3-1866DDR4-2133DDR4-2400DDR4-2667DDR4-2667DDR4-2667?
Max TDP130W130W130W140W140W140W112WTBD
LaunchQ1 2010Q4 2011Q3 2013Q3 2014Q2 20162H 20172H 20172H2018
Launch Price$999 US$999 US$999 US$1059 US$1700 US~$1500 US$350+?TBD
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Intel Coffee Lake-S Desktop Processors – Intel Mainstream Chips With Up To 6 Cores, February 2018 Launch?

The juicy stuff is being offered down to the mainstream users too with Coffee Lake. Not only would the main stream users get more cores, but they would also benefit from improved process technologies and a brand new platform.

The Coffee Lake-S series will have two variants, a 4+2 (Quad Core + GT2 Graphics) and 6+2 (Hexa Core + GT2 Graphics). The 4+2 variant will have a die size of 126mm2 while the 6+2 variant will have a die size of 149mm2 which is same as the Coffee Lake-X variants.

The variants are expected to be launched in February 2018 which is still a long way to go. Unlike the previous report, the new details mention that Coffee Lake will have graphics, display and media architecture similar to Kaby Lake so don’t expect a vast difference. We can expect the usual clock speed bump as we are getting on Kaby Lake but the main performance difference will come from the increase in core count.

Intel CPU Generation Comparison:

 Intel Sandy Bridge PlatformIntel Ivy Bridge PlatformIntel Haswell PlatformIntel Broadwell PlatformIntel Skylake PlatformIntel Kaby Lake PlatformIntel Coffee Lake PlatformIntel Cannonlake Platform
Processor ArchitectureSandy BridgeIvy BridgeHaswellBroadwellSkylakeKaby LakeCoffee LakeCannonlake
Processor Process32nm22nm22nm14nm14nm14nm14nm10nm
Processors Cores (Max)4444446TBA
Platform Chipset6-Series “Cougar Point”7-Series “Panther Point”8-Series “Lynx Point”9-Series “Wild Cat Point”100-Series “Sunrise Point”200-Series “Union Point”300-Series "Cannon-Lake PCH"TBA
Platform SocketLGA 1155LGA 1155LGA 1150LGA 1150LGA 1151LGA 1151TBATBA
Memory SupportDDR3DDR3DDR3DDR3DDR4/DDR3LDDR4/DDR3LDDR4DDR4
TDPs35-95W35-77W35-84W65W35-95W35-95WTBATBA
ThunderboltYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
PlatformDesktop LGADesktop LGADesktop LGADesktop LGADesktop LGADesktop LGADesktop LGADesktop LGA
Launch201120122013-2014201520152016-20172018TBA

Intel Coffee Lake-H Notebook Processors – 6 Cores For Lap -tops Too, April 2018 Launch?

It is already known that Coffee Lake-H series will also get 6 cores like the desktop parts. It will be a big update for mobility and laptop users who have been stuck with several dual and quad core models for years. The SKU offered in this series would be 6+2 which means it will house six cores and GT2 graphics chips. The die size is similar to the Coffee Lake-X and Coffee Lake-S parts so we will probably be looking at lower clock speeds until or unless Intel partners go crazy with cooling and battery mechanisms.

The update to 6 cores on both mainstream lineups in 2018 can be seen as Intel tackling the upcoming threat of AMD’s Zen processors which will offer performance parity with Intel’s current generation chips and house even higher amount of cores (Up To 8). So Intel can rely on faster and higher number of cores to tackle Zen and the Zen+ processors that will be available in 2018.

Intel Coffee Lake-U Ultra-Low Power Processors – Quad Cores With GT3 Graphics and eDRAM in March 2018?

Lastly, we have the Coffee Lake-U series processors which are expected to arrive in 2018. These are also based on the 14nm process. In fact, Intel will have 10nm U-series processors available earlier in the form of Cannonlake but those would be limited to dual core models, GT2 graphics and up to 15W TDP. Same is with Y-Series which won’t get any 14nm part but would launch in late 2017 with Cannonlake-Y parts that will feature TDPs of up to 5.2W in dual core packages alongside GT2 graphics.

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The Coffee Lake-U series will have quad core variants with GT3e graphics. The graphics chip will house 128MB of eDRAM cache to accelerate bandwidth for faster graphics processing. This will result in a a bigger die size of 185mm2 but TDPs will be near 15-28W so expect some dynamic clock speed adjustment on these parts. These are designed for mobility platforms so expect them to feature lower clocks.

Intel 300-Series Cannonlake PCH Platform Fully Detailed

The most interesting leak is the CNL-PCH block diagram which details the Coffee Lake-S and Coffee Lake-H series processors. As Intel moves to 10nm on mainstream platforms, they would keep support on the CNL-PCH intact. The new chipset does mean that Intel have the opportunity to change the socket and considering the unusual die structure and latter support for 10nm processors, we can expect that to happen. LGA 1151 will have served two processor generations by then, Skylake and Kaby Lake.

Starting with the details, we have the Coffee Lake-S/H series processors which can support DDR4-2400 MHz memory (native) in dual channel mode. The GPUs on these chips allow support for DP 1.2 to HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 connectivity. There’s also several x16 PCI-e Gen 3.0 lanes which can be used to power discrete graphics and eDP Panels for smoother frame rate.

The Cannonlake PCH (300-Series) has two Alpine Ridge Controllers for up to 4 x USB Type-C ports. We don’t know the exact amount of PCI-e lanes offered by the PCH but there are a plenty. The PCI-e 3.0 lanes offer two M.2 slots for Optane / SSD support. A PCI-e 3.0 x4 and 3.0 x1 slot is also powered by the PCH, there’s also an SD Card slot reader. IO also includes Ethernet port (GbE PHY), Fingerprint sensor, NFC, Codec, Touch Screen, 6 Type A/C USB 3.1 Ports, UF Camera, ODD, HDD (2x SATA 3) and Douglas Peak controller that offers WiGig + WiFi + BT support.

It will be really interesting to see how Intel Coffee Lake competes against AMD’s Zen based Summit Ridge line of processors which will be available in early 2017.

WCCFTechAMD Summit RidgeIntel Kaby Lake
Product NamingAMD Zen SR SeriesIntel Core 7000 Series
Product SegmentMainstream Desktop PCsMainstream Desktop PCs
Product Architecturex86 Zen (+40% IPC compared to Excavator)7th Gen Kaby Lake (Same IPC as Skylake)
Process Node14nm14nm+
Max CPU Cores/Threads8/164/8
GPU ArchitectureN/AIntel HD 600 Series
TDPUp to 95WUp to 95W
SocketAM4LGA 1151
PCHX370Z270
Memory SupportDDR4DDR4
LaunchQ1 2017Q1 2017

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