Rumor: Eight-core desktop Intel CPUs and Z390 chipset riding in

Early last month, we saw some leaks out of China that gave us our first potential bits of detailed information about Intel's Coffee Lake CPUs. At that time, we were told that the purported top Coffee Lake-S CPU would be the six-core Core i7-8700K. However, thanks to a slip of the keys by a Eurocom support rep on the Notebook Review forums, it seems possible that we could see eight-core, 16-thread chips on that same platform late next year. Here's the post in question.

We haven't heard of the Z390 chipset by that name before, but the aforementioned Chinese leaks from PCEva mentioned something that would line up with the current rumor. That earlier leak referred to two different 300-series chipsets as "KBL Refresh (Z370)" and "CNL (300 Series)." If that info's true, then CPUs using the "CNL (300 Series)" chipset would top out at six cores, so it's possible that Eurocom's support staff made an error. Alternatively, there's a chance that Intel has changed its plans late in the game, perhaps as a response to the strong showing of AMD's Ryzen processors.

Source: AnandTech forums

The slide above surfaced earlier this month in the AnandTech forums, and assuming it's kosher, it seems to indicate that we could see a Z390 chipset in the second half of next year, not unlike the release of Z68 well after the initial launch of P67 and H67 for Sandy Bridge a ways back. It's unclear what process the rumored CPUs will use, particularly given the "CNL" apellation that the slides apply to the possible Z390 chipset. Awhile back, Intel said that it will make use of whatever process technologies make sense for a given market segment. It seems that the end result of that decision is that its product stack becomes ever more jumbled. Thanks to Videocardz and ComputerBase for the tip.

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    • Jigar
    • 2 years ago

    Intel is waking up AMD, you better get ready for the onslaught.

      • ronch
      • 2 years ago

      [b<]NOW WITNESS THE FIREPOWER OF THIS FULLY ARMED AND OPERATIONAL BATTLE STATION!!![/b<] Time to run for the hills.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 2 years ago

        +1 for mixing Star Wars and Iron Maiden references in the same post.

    • brucethemoose
    • 2 years ago

    Z390… Why? Are they bringing back FIVR or something?

      • ColeLT1
      • 2 years ago

      Yep, the re-introduction of FIVR required a socket change

        • Wirko
        • 2 years ago

        Nah. The socket change required the re-introduction of FIVR.

      • srg86
      • 2 years ago

      It sounds like Coffee Lake is getting FIVR, would be why its not compatible with the current Kaby Lake.

        • brucethemoose
        • 2 years ago

        Then why would we need a new chipset for the 8-core chip?

          • DPete27
          • 2 years ago

          [url=https://techreport.com/news/32344/rumor-coffee-lake-packs-six-cores-in-95w-but-needs-a-new-mobo<]read this[/url<]

          • smilingcrow
          • 2 years ago

          I don’t know but Intel are seemingly integrating a lot of new things into their platforms in the next year or so; USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3, WiFi.
          So maybe they actually have some more tangible reasons than usual!

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I just don’t get it. All of a suddenly Intel is raising core counts and all. What on Earth is happening?? 4C/8T for the top mainstream model is fine, guys, don’t mess with a proven formula. And I’m totally ok with 6 cores for a grand. We really don’t need more cores, Brian. You’ve been doing this for so long now, we’re totally used to it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, man.

    /snicker

      • Klimax
      • 2 years ago

      It’s not sudden. It was bound to happen, when you exhausted most of IPC improvements and higher frequency often has even worse thermals.

      Reminder: Intel needs people to buy chips and people need reason to buy them. And replacements are quite small market…

      Basic microeconomy for goods which last a long time.

        • smilingcrow
        • 2 years ago

        Sarcasm failure. Reboot after re-seating the heatsink on your sarcasm co-processor.

          • ronch
          • 2 years ago

          Don’t forget to update to the latest sarcasm BIOS!!

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    2H ’18 means that quad core i3s and hexa core i5’s are a year away at overinflated launch prices.

    Meanwhile I’m slapping together lightly-overclocked Ryzen 5 1600 builds with 6C/12T at around the price point Intel offers an i5-7500 4C/4T option that’s light on cache and light on clockspeed. 12 threads at 3.8GHz seems to be kicking ass and taking names, whilst the free Wraith cooler is actually quieter with the overclock than the locked i5 with it’s crappy stock cooler.

    Man, I jumped to Intel with the launch of the Conroe but it feels so good for there to be a viable alternative again….

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]2H '18 means that quad core i3s and hexa core i5's are a year away at overinflated launch prices.[/quote<] Try less than 3 weeks and not at inflated prices. This story is about an 8 core [b<]mainstream[/b<] desktop part meaning it's got integrated graphics that don't exist on any AMD desktop part and won't exist on any 8-core AMD desktop part in 2018.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Ah yeah, I have been confusing Cannonlake and Coffeelake.

        There are some [url=https://www.anandtech.com/show/11843/prices-of-intels-coffee-lakes-cpus-published-400-for-core-i78700k<]more concrete price indications[/url<] out now though. The £298 i7-8700 looks to compete with the £216 Ryzen 5 1600X, whilst £290 gets you an 8C/16T Ryzen 7 at even higher clocks, so that's not even close to competitive. The £130 i3-8100 looks like it's going to clean up in the quad core market though, instantly destroying the appeal of all the old kaby stock except the 7700K and the lack of a 4C/8T option is probably because they'd cannibalise the low-clocked i5's without HT.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Krogothed.

    In other news, all of Google’s (now renamed Waymo) autonomous cars have been using Intel hardware since 2009: [url<]https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/waymo-intel-announce-collaboration-driverless-car-technology/[/url<] Since Intel has never been very good with drivers, it's good to see they went driverless.

      • Helmore
      • 2 years ago

      I thought it was only their GPU drivers that were somewhat lacking, which is not surprising as that was never that much of a focus for Intel.

      • jarder
      • 2 years ago

      They use Intel hardware! That explains why we’re stuck with 4-wheel cars. I want my AMD 8-wheel hatchback

        • chuckula
        • 2 years ago

        Eight wheels makes it twice as fast!

          • UberGerbil
          • 2 years ago

          Only for embarrassingly parallel passengers.

            • chuckula
            • 2 years ago

            HOV lane here I come!

        • K-L-Waster
        • 2 years ago

        Do they also have a 16 wheel, dualie tired pickup in the works? The AMD LaneRipper!!!

          • chuckula
          • 2 years ago

          They just need two more cores for 18 Wheels…. OF AMD JUSTICE!

          Starring [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRVk_dSBf7g<]Lando Calrissan [/url<]

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            I think that would have to be divisible by eight because we’re using quad-axles, so we can’t do 18 wheels. Now, 24 wheels, we got you covered.

          • dpaus
          • 2 years ago

          You guys are waaaaaay weirder than I remembered…..

            • UberGerbil
            • 2 years ago

            [url<]https://i.imgur.com/IsLaAaU.jpg[/url<]

      • Rapster
      • 2 years ago

      “Since Intel has never been very good with drivers, it’s good to see they went driverless.”

      Congratulations, you won the internets. Lol

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