Coffee Lake hexa-core desktop chip specs leaked
Intel's fourth and (hopefully) final series of chips on their 14nm FinFET process, Coffee Lake, is looking promising on account of both bringing hexa-core CPUs to the mainstream as well as quad-core CPUs to the 15W ULV mobile platform. We recently reported on the existence of 4-core 8-thread 15W chips from multiple major OEMs, but now there has been a leak of the full specifications of three Coffee Lake hexa-core desktop CPUs.
All three chips are hexa-core CPUs with 12MB of L3 cache using the LGA1151 socket. Two of the chips have a TDP of 95 watts while the last of the three has just a 65-watt TDP. Interestingly, the highest-end 95-watt CPU operates between 3.7 and 4.3 GHz with a max clock of 4 GHz for 4-6 core operation, yet the other 95-watt CPU is significantly slower, with a max boost of 3.6 for single-core and 3.4 for 4-6 core usage. The 65-watt CPU seems to run only 100 MHz slower than the fastest 95-watt CPU, but is not IA overclock-capable, which perhaps explains the lower TDP.
While Coffee Lake is using the same 14nm process as Skylake and Kaby Lake, Intel has promised a 30% increase in performance in the 15W CPUs. The first computers with Coffee Lake to ship will most likely be notebooks with the U-series CPUs, and may ship as early as next month.