Intel Technical Documentation outs 8-Core Coffee Lake-S Processor

Subject: Processors | April 16, 2018 - 10:02 AM |
Tagged: coffee lake, coffee lake s, 8700k, Z370, Z390, 6+2, 8+2

The eventual release of an Intel "Z390" chipset and 8-core Coffee Lake-S processor seem to be almost an inevitability after all of the leaks we've had about these potential parts.

One more piece of evidence was brought to our attention recently, as spotted by an eagle-eyed user on Reddit. Intel's Technical Documentation website now seems to contain documents referencing an unreleased "Coffee Lake S 8+2" product.

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In Intel nomenclature, 8+2 would refer to 8 CPU cores, plus 2 integrated GPU cores. For example, the current 6-core i7-8700K processor is referred to as a 6+2 processor configuration. Hence, the 8+2 processor being referenced here would be a sibling to the 8700K, with two more CPU cores. 

Unfortunately, the actual documents are hidden behind an Intel login page, so we are unable to view them in full, but rather only have titles and short descriptions of their contents.

Given their recent appetite for the "i9" brand as the highest-end configurations, as we saw on the recent Coffee Lake-H notebook processor launch, I would expect this to be the first mainstream Intel desktop processor to carry the "i9" branding.

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Additionally, we see documents referring to design aspects of both the existing Coffee Lake-S 6+2 part (8700K) and this new 8+2 part. This brings us hope that Z370 motherboards will remain compatible with this new processor, and not require yet another chipset.

While it seems likely that these new processors will launch alongside a Z390 chipset, we would expect the same level of compatibility while adding connectivity features built into the chipset such as USB 3.1 Gen 2 and 802.11ac wireless, as we saw on the recent H370 and B360 chipsets.

With the launch of AMD's Ryzen 2000-series of processors looming later this week, it seems like Intel is playing the waiting game before launching this 8-core processor. Speculation is that we could see this part before Computex in June.

Source: Reddit

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April 16, 2018 | 01:03 PM - Posted by AnonymousMXLover (not verified)

Could be my next processor, if it clocks like the 8700k. Even thought about getting the amd 2700x but knew this would be coming soon with better IPC and higher clocks.

April 16, 2018 | 03:59 PM - Posted by RingersEnThings (not verified)

I'd go and watch adoredTV's latest before I decide on anything!

Remember that Review Samples may be performing better than what can be expected of the same SKU purchased from a retailer. And those 8 Intel cores may cost a bit more and any integrated graphics in any 8+2 Intel SKU will be maybe limiting in the thermal range on any performance on the 8 cores that are sure to be very hot under any toothpaste brand.

April 17, 2018 | 05:46 AM - Posted by John H (not verified)

Adoreds logic on the golden samples misses so many variables that there's really nothing there. Comparing review sites looking for hits by getting high clocks vs silicon lottery that has to guarantee stability for example. Then as soon as he's called out on that he switched topics to non-k chips. It's an amazing model for getting clicks without running a single test yourself.

Just assume you'll get 100-200 MHz less than review sites (2-3% performance difference) and you're set.

April 17, 2018 | 09:56 AM - Posted by PizzMozdeiumP (not verified)

Inproper non K testing using some software/firmware product that removes thermal limits and could void the warranty and the entire online review/reporting sphere that relies on free review samples is suspect for being under the thumb of the makers. Just go back to the controversy around getting review samples and some review sites not getting their review samples to know that the fix is in. NDA's terms and conditions and those "Review Manuals" that are authored more by marketing departments than any technical folks.

AdoredTV's not perfect but the choice of subject matter that site chooses to report on is needed as full transprency online is about as seethrough as pea soup.

And non K testing for any needed refrence sample points is not a bad decision as well for sussing out cherry picking in hardware and benchmarking.

That whole "K' Series branding smacks of just another monetization and segmentation scheme from its inception and Overclocking has never been about having any overclocking headroom on any top binned parts! Overclocking is about saving money by getting the lower binned part and overclocking that lower binned part to perform like the more costy higher binned part. But leave it to marketing and the Bean counters to create that "K" series class and milk that for all its worth and turn overclocking into some eSport where events are sponsored for marketing/mindshare value.

April 16, 2018 | 06:29 PM - Posted by Charliex (not verified)

This is the reason that AMD did not released the 2800 and 2800x maybe they have more cores to go th 8core Intel CPU.

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