As we all know, Intel has not raised its processors’ core count for quite long time in the consumer market. The latest 7th generation Core series processors tops out at 4 cores, 8 threads. The mid-range Core i5 do not even get Hyper-Threading. At the same time, AMD releases its 6-core Ryzen 5 and 8-core Ryzen 7 to compete.
The 8th generation Intel processors will be using the new Coffee Lake architecture. A Core i7 chip with a higher core count is most likely to happen. Rumors now suggest that the top-of-the-line i7-8700K will be available at 6 cores and 12 threads, running at 3.7 GHz. An non-K version, i7-8700, will operate at 3.2 GHz with 6 cores and 12 threads. The new i7 processors will have a lower TDP of 95W, instead of the Core X-series 140W.
According to the rumors, the Core i5 processors also get a bump in core count. The fastest i5 will be the i5-8600K, with 6 core and 6 threads. It is reported to run at a clock speed of 3.6 GHz. However, all 6-core i5 processors will not get Hyper-Threading. The bottom-end of the 6-core series will be the 2.8 GHz clocked i5-8400.
These new 6-core CPUs are Intel’s responses to the AMD’s Ryzen 7 and 5 CPUs. Intel is trying to match AMD’s specifications in terms of core count, but Intel wants to have a clearer line between each series (Core i5 vs Core i7) by limiting the CPU threads. At the same time, AMD’s Ryzen 5 has 6 cores, 12 threads and Ryzen 7 has 8 cores, 16 threads. We will have to wait to see if the new 6-core i5 and i7 processors are worth buying.
Coffee Lake Mobile?
A 6-core mobile processor for notebooks is also rumored to happen. The CPU will be clocked at only 2.0 GHz with a TDP of 45W. Not much information is available at the moment.
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