Intel Coffee Lake: Hexacore Notebook CPUs available in 2018
One of the biggest advancements for Intels mainstream x86 CPU lineup was no doubt the step Single-Core to Dual-Core (which happened around 2006) and later Quad-Core CPUs. The later are still mostly a domain of desktop PCs, while most Notebooks are still powered by more power-efficient Dual-Core chips. Quad-Core Notebooks are mostly found in the Workstation and Gaming segments.
For 2018, Intel plans another big step, at least in the high end market. Processors with 6 cores are already available in the most high-end corner of the desktop market. In two years, the first Hexa-Core notebooks will be released. The new CPUs are part of the Coffee Lake platform. Coffee Lake is another Skylake 14 nm Skylake refresh, just like Kaby Lake. Unlike Kaby Lake however, Coffee Lake will be specifically for high-performance laptops, as Cannonlake (10 nm) launches at the same time, but only for small Ultrabooks and Tablets (Y & U CPUs).
A new overview of the Coffee Lake SKUs leaked by the Chinese site, which reveals some interesting details. For example, the Hexa-Core CPUs are going to be available with GT2 GPUs according to the new leak. This contradicts an older roadmap-leak that said otherwise.
According to Benchlife, the 45W Coffee Lake Hexa-Core SKUs will be available in April of 2018. The more power-efficient 15/28W U-CPUs with GT3e iGPUs will be available in March of that year.
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