Intel Coffee Lake Refresh the release date, news and rumors

Intel Coffee Lake is being renewed

Intel threw us for a loop when it started its 8th generation desktop processors with Kaby Lake Refresh, but the company (hopefully) will not fool us again when it launches its 9th Generation Intel Coffee Lake Refresh processors. Not only would this step be the same for Intel, it also seems that there is no shortage of spills that supports our belief that the Intel desktop CPU's of the next generation will indeed be Coffee Lake Refresh.

Apart from the name, Intel is very similar to closing the gap between itself and AMD Ryzen 2nd generation processors. Coffee Lake Refresh could introduce the first 8-core, Core i9 mainstream processor of the company. At the same time, Team Blue can introduce its first CPU without hyperthreading to maximize the clock speed.

Now these are just the highlights of what Intel Coffee Lake Refresh has in store for us, but there is much more in-depth detail that we are about to start, so take part in the long drive and we'll tell you everything you need to know of the latest Intel processors.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Intel & # 39; s rumored 9th generation CPU architecture
  • When is it out? Focused on release in October 2018
  • What does it cost? The prices have yet to be confirmed

Refresh Intel Coffee Lake Renewal Date

We have seen all kinds of leaked route maps from Intel and rumors, but there is a surprising consensus about the launch of Coffee Lake Refresh by the end of 2018, specifically around October. One report even dates specifically from the launch of the first Intel & # 39; s CPU's of the 9th generation will land on October 1st while the rest of the family arrives in the first quarter of 2019.

Apparently official presentation slides & # 39; s leaked to the public, revealing that the Intel Core i9-9900K, Core i7-9700K and Core i5-9600K will be the first crop of processors to be released in October 2018. Then we can expect the next chip to be expected the next will be the Intel Core i5-9400 in Q1 2019.

Intel Coffee Lake Renewal price

It is too early to say what Intel's new Coffee Lake Refresh processors will cost. We have not seen any rumors or leaked pre-order pages that suggest how this new CPU will eventually be priced.

That said, we can make a well thought-out estimate that the prices of Intel Coffee Lake Refresh will either be close to or below the prices of the current Coffee Lake processors – especially when AMD Ryzen 2nd generation processors continue to undermine the line-up of Intel. This is the current price for the desktop processors of Intel & # 39; s Coffee Lake:

  • Intel Core i3-8100 – $ 119 (£ 109, AU $ 165)
  • Intel Core i3-8300 – $ 149 (£ 139, AU $ 209)
  • Intel Core i3-8350K – $ 184 (£ 154, AU $ 246)
  • Intel Core i5-8400 – $ 199 (£ 179, AU $ 268)
  • Intel Core i5-8500 – $ 209 (£ 199, AU $ 289)
  • Intel Core i5-8600 – $ 229 (£ 218, AU $ 329)
  • Intel Core i5-8600K – $ 259 (£ 259 AU $ 365)
  • Intel Core i7-8700 – $ 341 (£ 319, AU $ 459)
  • Intel Core i7-8700K – $ 359 (£ 389, AU $ 524)
  • Intel Core i7-8086K – $ 425 (£ 419, AU $ 629)

For example the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X offers 8 cores / 16 threads for $ 329 (£ 299, AU $ 469), while Intel competes Intel Core i7-8700K flagship only features 6-cores / 12-threads for $ 359 (£ 389, AU $ 524). Intel CPUs have always been slightly more expensive, but if the company really wants to compete with AMD, something will have to change with this new generation.

Intel Coffee Lake refresh specs

Although the rumor that is revealed on October 1 by Intel Coffee Lake Refresh is still a bit avert, we already have a pretty good idea of ​​how the series will take shape, thanks to a myriad of leaks and rumors. We even have a little bit of specs for each individual Coffee Lake Refresh processor, from the Core i3-9300 to the Core i9-9900K.

Thanks to a mistake In the latest micro-code revision of Intel, the chip maker has officially noted seven of the following chips, while a number of others are detailed in later reports.

  • Core i3-9000: 4-cores, 4-wires, clocked at 3.7 GHz
  • Core i3-9100: 4-cores, 4-wires, clocked at 3.7 GHz
  • Core i5-9400: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 2.9 GHz to 4.1 GHz
  • Core i5-9400T: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 1.8 GHz to 3.4 GHz
  • Core i5-9500: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 3.0 GHz to 4.3 GHz
  • Core i5-9600: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 3.1 GHz to 4.5 GHz
  • Core i5-9600K: 6-cores, 6-threads, clocked at 3.7 GHz to 4.6 GHz
  • Core i7-9700K: 8-cores, 8-threads, clocked at 3.6 GHz to 4.9 GHz
  • Core i9-9900K: 8 cores, 16 threads, clocked at 3.6 GHz to 5.0 GHz

Everything resembles the typical annual innovations we are used to from Intel, that is until we reach the top Core i7 and i9 chips – the latter is a first for Intel's mainstream desktop processors.

The rumor went Core i7-9700K is said to be an 8-core, 8-thread will be the first Intel processor in a long time stop hyperthreading. Going through the rumors, Intel seems to concentrate instead on high boost clocks in all its cores with the Core i7.

The Core i9-9900K, however, will maintain hyperthreading and contain the largest amount we have ever seen on a regular processor. It is said to be one 8-core 16-wire chip with a 3.6 GHz base clock with the ability to boost up to 5GHz over two cores, and will reach 4.7GHz for all nuclei. None of this has been confirmed, but the leaks are pretty convincing.

Another little bit that we are very excited about with the new line processors from Intel is that they are all equipped with a soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS). This has been everything except confirmed by a photo from the Intel Core i9-9900K with its top-off.

For the last few generations of chips, Intel has gone with a thermal interface material (TIM – i.e., thermal paste) to transfer heat between the processor and the IHS – to the great annoyance of enthusiasts and overclockers. In theory, this alleged gilt solder that replaces the TIM is a much more efficient heat transfer medium, which could lead to an impressive overclocking potential.

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Intel Coffee Lake Refresh features

It would of course be no new Intel processor line up with a new motherboard and chipset platform. Interesting enough, Intel & # 39; s upcoming Z390 chipset has been everything except confirmed to be real by both Intel and motherboard manufacturers since before Coffee Lake Refresh was even co-invented.

According to specifications of the Z390 chipset Intel has accidentally posted a message, the new platform supports onboard 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and USB 3.1 Gen 2 – all features that are not supported by default on the current Z370 chipset. Unfortunately, the new chipset still supports up to 24 lanes of PCIe Express 3.0 and dual-channel 2,666MHz memory.

Intel Coffee Lake Refresh the performance

Although the exact specifications of Intel's rumored Coffee Lake Refresh processor still need to be confirmed, it seems that more than a few of the technical examples for these upcoming processors are already being tested.

The Intel Core i9-9900K has proven to be a tough CPU with an impressive total score of 9,862 in 3DMark Time Spy – giving it over 1,500 points ahead of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X, according to Wccftech. In addition, the chip achieved a graphic score of 9.725 and a CPU score of 10.719 in 3DMark Time Spy.

Meanwhile, the Intel Core i7-9700K has been spotted in the wild by overclocking all eight cores more than once. It has been reported that the chip is running 5.5 GHz during liquid-cooled and with 5.3 GHz while air-cooled.

In addition, the Intel Core i7-9700K appeared in the Geekbench database and broke records with 6,297 single-core scores and 30,152 multi-core scores.

In comparison, the Intel Core i7-8700K processor of the latest generation achieved 5,508 and 25,034 point results in the same respective tests, while the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X performed excellently with 4,998 single-core and 26,011 multi-core scores.

Although we fully expected that the single-core performance simply would be 200 MHz faster than the predecessor of Coffee Lake because of the 9700K rumors, we did not expect a processor without hyperthreading to perform so well in multi-core tests. It seems inconceivable if the Intel Core i7-9700K has four fewer threads than the 8700K and eight fewer threads than the 2700X.

That is all we know now. There will certainly be a lot of news. According to our usual advice, we recommend that you regularly return to this page for a thorough coverage of the latest Intel Coffee Refresh disclosures.