Intel Lists Down Coffee Lake-S Based 8 Core Xeon-E CPUs – Rumored To Launch Before Consumer 8 Core Parts, ES In The Wild

Jun 18, 2018

The Intel Coffee Lake-S family was the first to bump the mainstream core count to 6 and it would be the first to go past that too. We have known for some time that Intel is working on a new core bump for the mainstream platform which would take the core count to 8 but there's little info on this part available at the moment.

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It has been more than a year since the release of the last Xeon E3 v6 family which was part of the 7th generation Kaby Lake family. While Intel did release mobile Xeon Mobile parts based on 8th generation Coffee Lake family, we have yet to see any new Xeon E v7 update. When Intel released the mobile Xeon E variants under the Coffee Lake family, there were two six-core parts, the Xeon E-2186M and the Xeon E-2176M.

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Now, Intel is planning to bring the Coffee Lake family to Xeon servers on the mainstream market. The new family will feature a range of Coffee Lake chips, ranging from 4 to 6 cores but would also include the first mainstream 8 core parts. It was rumored just a few days ago that Intel's 8 core processors would be arriving in the Xeon mainstream platform first and a recent listing on the Intel technical webpage may seem to confirm that.

Over at Intel's webpage for the 8th generation Coffee Lake-S family, we see the Xeon E Coffee Lake-S lineup listed. Also in the listing is the mention of the 8 core Xeon E processor which seems to be in "ES" state currently. We have already seen various 8 core listings on different benchmark data-based but we can't tell whether that was the consumer-aimed Intel Core part or Intel Xeon version.

The 8 core part is clearly a reaction to AMD delivering a better and faster 8 core solution to gamers and productivity enthusiasts compared to their already great Ryzen 7 1800X. Intel will be aiming their 8 core chip against the Ryzen 7 2700X which will be the top dog for the AMD team on the X470 platform till 7nm arrives. Intel’s 8 Core processors will have 95W and 80W SKUs and will be branded under the Core i9 segment with prices over the $400 US mark.

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

Chipset NameCoffee Lake S (KBL-R) PCH / Z370 PlatformCoffee Lake S (CNL-H) PCH / 300 Series (Z390/H370, B360, Q370, H310)
Process Node22nm14nm
Processor8C, 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
MemoryUp To DDR4-2666 (Native)Up To DDR4-2666 (Native)
Media, Display & AudioDP 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 & ConnectivityIntegrated 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
StorageNext Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
Next Gen Intel Optane memory
PCIe 3.0, SATA 3.0
SecurityIntel SGX 1.0Intel SGX 1.0
Power ManagementC8 SupportC10 & S0ix Support for Modern Standby

The Xeon E mainstream family is expected to hit the market in late July so we can probably hear something around that time. It would also provide us a glimpse of the performance potential for the 8 core part which comes later in Q3 2018 along with the Intel Z390 platform which won't be a major upgrade over the current and existing Z370 platform.