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Intel Rumored To Introduce 9th Generation Coffee Lake Refresh CPUs on 1st August – Core i9-9900K 8 Core, 6 Core Soldered IHS Chips With Up To 5.5 GHz Clocks

Jul 17, 2018

The latest rumors about Intel’s upcoming 9th Generation branded Coffee Lake Refresh processors have leaked out by PCBuildersClub. The rumor gives us the introduction date of the new CPUs and also the SKUs which would be announced by Intel for their mainstream desktop platform.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh “9th Generation” CPUs Rumored To Launch on 1st August, Soldered CPUs Could Be Making Their Way To Consumers PCs

The Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors will be used to tackle AMD’s 2nd Generation Ryzen CPUs. While the current Coffee Lake lineup does a good job, still being competitive against the AMD CPU family, the new 9th Generation branded processors will deliver even faster clocks and more cores, taking the lead one step further.

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According to the rumor, Intel is going to announce their Coffee Lake Refresh family for LGA 1151 platform on 1st August. The rumor states that this date can be an announcement only so we can look forward to a paper launch with actual availability sometime later. The other possibility is that only a few chips would launch on 1st August, followed by the full lineup in the coming months.

Currently, Intel has a very confusing 8th generation lineup which includes Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake and even 10nm Cannonlake based processors. With the actual 9th generation core, codenamed ‘Ice Lake’ still far away from launch on desktop PCs, it looks like the 9th generation branding will be coming to desktops early but in the form of Coffee Lake Refresh.

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What’s more interesting about this listing is that the 9th generation chips are listed underneath the 8th generation codename, basically showing what we have known for a while now that the new chips will be using the same Coffee Lake-S architecture which we have received on the mainstream desktop platform before. We know of three high-end CPUs in this lineup from our previous report, which will include:

  • Intel Core i9-9900K (est: 8 core / 16 thread)
  • Intel Core i7-9700K (est: 6 core / 12 thread)
  • Intel Core i5-9600K (est: 6 core / 6 thread)

This lineup is also expected to feature the much awaited 8 core option from Intel which will put them next to AMD’s Ryzen processors in the mainstream desktop segment.

Intel 9th Generation Core Family CPU Official Specifications:

Processor Name Process Cores / Threads Base Clock Boost Clock Cache TDP Price
Core i9-9900K 14nm++ 8 / 16 3.6 GHz 5.0 GHz (1/2 Core)
4.8 GHz (4 Core)
4.7 GHz (6/8 Core)
16 MB 95W $488 US
Core i7-9700K 14nm++ 8 / 8 3.6 GHz 4.9 GHz (1 Core)
4.8 GHz (2 Core)
4.7 GHz (4 Core)
4.6 GHz (6/8 Core)
12 MB 95W $374 US
Core i5-9600K 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.7 GHz 4.6 GHz (1 Core)
4.5 GHz (2 Core)
4.4 GHz (4 Core)
4.3 GHz (6 Core)
9 MB 95W $262 US
Core i5-9600 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.1 GHz 4.5 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9500 14nm++ 6 / 6 3.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9400 14nm++ 6 / 6 2.9 GHz 4.1 GHz 9 MB 65W TBD
Core i5-9400T 14nm++ 6 / 6 1.8 GHz 3.4 GHz 9 MB 35W TBD
Core i3-9100 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65W TBD
Core i3-9000 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.7 GHz N/A 6 MB 65W TBD
Core i3-9000T 14nm++ 4 / 4 3.2 GHz N/A 6 MB 35W TBD

With the Core i9-9900K making its way to the market with 8 cores and 16 threads, we can see a lot of mainstream desktop users being interested in that part. As for the other part, there are rumors of a soldered 6 core CPU which can reach overclocking speeds of up to 5.5 GHz. Currently, the Intel Core i7-8086K can touch up to 5.3 GHz. This chip was shown in CPU-z as the 8086K but didn’t show up in Windows 10 as the OS was unable to recognize it.

A mockup of Intel Core i9, 9th Generation SKU branding.

Expected Intel 300-Series Kaby Lake Refresh and Cannon Lake PCH Features:

Chipset Name Coffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 Platform Coffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310)
Process Node 22nm 14nm
Processor 8C, 6C, 4C (6 Consumer SKUs at Launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Consumer Only
8C, 6C, 4C, 2C (Full corporate/consumer SKU stack at launch)
Enhanced IA and Memory Overclocking
Gen 9 Intel Graphics GT2 (Up To 24 EUs)
Corporate/vPro & Consumer
Memory Up To DDR4-2666 (Native) Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & Audio DP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
DP 1.2 & HDMI 1.4
HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0a w/LSPCON)
HEVC & VP9 10-bit Enc/Dec, HDR, Rec.2020, DX12
Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
SoundWire Digital Audio Interface
I/O & Connectivity Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
Integrated USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps)
Integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi / BT CNVi)
Integrated SDXC 3.0 Controller
Thunderbolt 3.0 (Titan Ridge) w/ DP 1.4
Storage Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Security Intel SGX 1.0 Intel SGX 1.0
Power Management C8 Support C10 & S0ix Support for Modern Standby
Launch 2017 2018

It could be possible that the upcoming Intel Core i7-9700K, a 6 core, 12 thread processor, can be featuring a soldered integrated heat spreader to enable higher clock rates and lower CPU temps. It will also be the first Intel soldered mainstream chip in many years if that was to be the case but since this is a rumor, we have to wait for actual details and 1st August is only a couple of weeks away to find out if this is the truth or not.

At the same time, board makers have started adding BIOS support for next-generation CPUs on the current Z370 motherboards so maybe this rumor has some weight to it.

Which Intel 9th Generation CPUs are you most interested in?