Intel Coffee Lake 8 core 16 thread CPUs are supposed to be coming out sometime later this year and they are supposed to be supported by the Z390 motherboards. Previously we had a leak regarding these chips and the clock speeds were pretty low. The base clock was 2.6 GHz. It was thought that this was an early engineering sample and that seems to be the case as we have a new leak that shows that the base clock has been increased to 3.1 GHz.
While 3.1 GHz is not too high it is an improvement compared to the previous number. A modern CPU that has 6 cores should have a base clock of at least 3.6 GHz and should boost to around 4 GHz. Performance could be better but these are just rough expectations so take these numbers with a grain of salt as these numbers could change when the Intel Coffee Lake 6 core CPUs actually come out.
Another lead, “Mehlow VR test plan” indicated that there are 2 Intel Coffee Lake 8 core variants. One of them has a TDP of 80W while the other has a TDP of 95W. Keeping in mind the core and thread count, the TDP is not so high, which is a good thing. As of right now, we are not sure when these CPUs of the Z390 chipset will be announced but seeing how Computex is coming up, it is possible that we could get an announcement.
If that is the case then we could get a launch in late July or early August. While Intel Coffee Lake 8 core CPUs are coming out for the mainstream and it will be the first time that Intel is introducing such a high number of cores in the mainstream lineup, one can argue that it is possible that Intel is too late to the game as AMD Ryzen is already dominating the CPU market with their 8 core Ryzen variants since last year.
People that needed higher core counts might have already shifted to AMD Ryzen and AMD has even released a refresh that provides even more performance and value for money.
Let us know what you think about these upcoming Intel Coffee Lake 8 core 16 thread CPUs and whether or not you are interested in getting one.