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

Nov 19, 2016

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 Family Gulftown Sandy Bridge-E Ivy Bridge-E Haswell-E Broadwell-E Skylake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Cascade Lake-X
Process Node 32nm 32nm 22nm 22nm 14nm 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm+ 14nm++
Flagship SKU Core i7-980X Core i7-3960X Core i7-4960X Core i7-5960X Core i7-6950X Core i9-7980XE Core i9-9980XE Xeon W-3175X TBD
Max Cores/Threads 6/12 6/12 6/12 8/16 10/20 18/36 18/36 28/56 18/36?
Clock Speeds 3.33/3,60 GHz 3.30/3.90 GHz 3.60/4.00 GHz 3.00/3.50 GHz 3.00/3.50 GHz 2.60/4.20 GHz 3.00/4.50 GHz 3.10/4.30 GHz TBD
Max Cache 12 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 20 MB L3 25 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 24.75 MB L3?
Max PCI-Express Lanes (CPU) 32 Gen2 40 Gen2 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3?
Chipset Compatiblity X58 Chipset X79 Chipset X79 Chipset X99 Chipset X99 Chipset X299 X299 C612E X399?
Socket Compatiblity LGA 1366 LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2066 LGA 2066 LGA 3647 LGA 2066?
Memory Compatiblity DDR3-1066 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1866 DDR4-2133 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2800 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2933
Max TDP 130W 130W 130W 140W 140W 165W 165W 255W 165W?
Launch Q1 2010 Q4 2011 Q3 2013 Q3 2014 Q2 2016 Q3 2017 Q4 2018 Q4 2018 2H 2019
Launch Price $999 US $999 US $999 US $1059 US $1700 US $1999 US $1979 US ~$4000 US TBD

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 Platform Intel Ivy Bridge Platform Intel Haswell Platform Intel Broadwell Platform Intel Skylake Platform Intel Kaby Lake Platform Intel Coffee Lake Platform Intel Comet Lake Platform Intel Ice Lake Platform
Processor Architecture Sandy Bridge Ivy Bridge Haswell Broadwell Skylake Kaby Lake Coffee Lake Comet Lake Ice Lake
Processor Process 32nm 22nm 22nm 14nm 14nm 14nm+ 14nm++ 14nm++ 10nm
Processors Cores (Max) 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 4/8 6/12 & 8/16 10/20? TBD
Platform Chipset 6-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 ICL PCH? ICL PCH?
Platform Socket LGA 1155 LGA 1155 LGA 1150 LGA 1150 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 LGA 1151 TBD TBD
TDPs 35-95W 35-77W 35-84W 65W 35-91W 35-91W 35-95W TBD TBA
Thunderbolt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Platform Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA Desktop LGA
Launch 2011 2012 2013-2014 2015 2015 2017 2017-2018 2019 2020?

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.

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.

WCCFTech AMD Summit Ridge Intel Kaby Lake
Product Naming AMD RYZEN Intel Core 7000 Series
Product Segment Mainstream Desktop PCs Mainstream Desktop PCs
Product Architecture x86 Zen (+40% IPC compared to Excavator) 7th Gen Kaby Lake (Same IPC as Skylake)
Process Node 14nm 14nm+
Max CPU Cores/Threads 8/16 4/8
GPU Architecture N/A Intel HD 600 Series
TDP Up to 95W Up to 95W
Socket AM4 LGA 1151
PCH X370 Z270
Memory Support DDR4 DDR4
Launch February - March 2017 January 2017