Coffee Lake Processors
It seems Intel is preparing to announce against the upcoming AMD Ryzen 2 processors with their very own range of prevailing eight-core processors. Yes, an octa-core Intel Coffee Lake CPU has been spotted lurking in the 3DMark database.
The second generation of AMD Ryzen chips set to launch on April 19th, now it’s about time we are starting to hear a little bit from Intel too. They aren’t going to just let AMD launch a whole CPU range unchallenged, And an eight-core / 16-thread Coffee Lake chip is surely their only real option to right now.
The details on the 3DMark database are pretty dense in details and pretty light on power too. Inceptive reports assert that Coffee Lake “s82” is an identified Intel testing platform, and the mentioned lowered 2.2 GHz clock speeds and lack of any name or process information, the probability of it being early silicon is pretty high.
This means this eight-core Coffee Lake chip isn’t being introduced any time soon, so AMD may have some clear sales time for their Ryzen 2 chips for a while. If it was expected to happen in upcoming weeks, we’d have some sorts of benchmarks being run by motherboard manufacturers in their own board, not Intel test platforms.
According to several rumors: The budget 300-series motherboards to be released soon, but they’re not going to deliver the sort of platform you’d think who’d conduct a high-end CPU launch. That’s more what you’d expect from the praised Z390 chipset reveal.
Expected to be unveiled after September or October this year
Information from several sources states that the unveiling is not going to happen until September or October this year. And as the Intel Z390 boards aren’t expected to provide anything above some extra native USB capabilities they desperately need some sort of hardware support to make them seem in any way worthwhile. No one wants to upgrade to a Z390 board if there wasn’t a better reason than USB 3.1 gen2 support, but an eight-core i7 – or even Coffee Lake Core i9 – might just offer that.
And if AMD had some notion that an eight-core Intel chip might be in the incoming that might explain why a potential top-end Ryzen 7 2800X hasn’t been seen in any of the leaked benchmarks so far – they could well be keeping their absolute best Ryzen 2 chip in reserve to compete with Intel’s new offerings