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Eurocom says Intel will have an 8C/16T 'enthusiast' consumer CPU by late 2018

Is it Coffee Lake, Ice Lake, or Iced-Coffee Lake? (Source: Pixabay)
Is it Coffee Lake, Ice Lake, or Iced-Coffee Lake? (Source: Pixabay)
A Eurocom company representative has posted on a thread in the NotebookReview forums saying that their Tornado F5 and upcoming Tornado F7 will feature 8C/16T CPUs in the second half of 2018. This could be a high-end revision of 14nm Coffee Lake, or it could be a CPU in the 9th generation 10nm+ Ice Lake family.

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Yesterday, a Eurocom company representative responded to a thread on the NotebookReview forums which was asking about whether their Tornado F5 and not-yet-released Tornado F7 would be compatible with Coffee Lake, or if it a Coffee Lake variant would be offered. Their response was “We are planning to update Tornado F5 to Z390 chipset supporting 8C/16T CPUs coming in H2/18. We will launch F7 at the same time too. We will skip z370 chipset. Meantime we added support for Quadro P5000 and P3000.”

Since the Tornado F5 utilizes a desktop CPU socket, and the Z-series are “enthusiast” desktop based chipsets, this information tells us that Intel's standard desktop line-up will have an 8-core / 16-thread desktop-enthusiast processor available in the second half of 2018. Kaby Lake has four cores at the desktop enthusiast level, and currently known Coffee Lake CPUs will have up to six cores. As a side note, the post also confirms that Eurocom will release the anticipated Tornado F7 in the later part of 2018.

This unconfirmed CPU could be in the 9th generation 'Ice Lake' family, which the Intel Codename Decoder recently started outputting information on: “The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology.” Alternatively, based on this desktop roadmap and this mobile roadmap, the release timing means it could just be a high-end variation of 14nm Coffee Lake.

The core and thread count aren't official until announced by Intel, but OEMs and ODMs often receive information about upcoming CPU releases at an earlier stage than media or consumers to have products ready for release.

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Craig Ward, 2017-09-17 (Update: 2017-09-18)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.