Rumor: Intel slides talk chipsets, Gemini Lake SoCs, and an Optane SSD

GamersNexus isn't our usual source of leaks, but nevertheless the folks there published a few slides that they claim are from an internal Intel document. The images appear to detail the company's upcoming releases. Most of the info in the slides isn't new, but there are a few interesting bits of data regarding Apollo Lake's successor, the remainder of the 300-series chipsets, and a possible upcoming Optane SSD. As always, grab the Morton.

Coffee Lake is launching on October 5, but so far the only new chipset we've heard about is the overclocking-enabled Z370. According to GamersNexus' slides, we won't be seeing other variants until next year. The first slide lists H370, H310, B360, Q370, and Q360 chipsets slated for Q1 2018. Furthermore, we'll purportedly be seeing additional two-, four-, and six-core Coffee Lake desktop CPUs around the same time. Assuming this information is legitimate, some new chips will have a 35 W TDP rating, while others fit the existing 65 W TDP envelope.

Next, let's discuss the new rumored SoCs. According to the slides, Intel could be launching the Gemini Lake family of low-power SoCs somewhere between October 23 and November 7. The slides list three model numbers for "[four-] and [two-] core 10W SoCs": J5005, J4105, and J4005. The slides also list the chips under the familiar Celeron name as well as an as-yet-unseen "Pentium Silver" moniker. It's not clear what would be new about Gemini Lake chips versus the existing Apollo Lake chips, but if these slides are accurate, we'll know more in about a month.

Finally, the last slide leaked by GamersNexus talks about an Optane-based SSD intended for enthusiasts. The purported Optane SSD 900P should be an add-in card and will come in 280 GB and 480 GB capacities. The slide says the SSDs will be "optimized for Robert Space Industries' Star Citizen." Probably given that remark, GamersNexus speculates that the Optane 900P could be launched at the Star Citizen CitizenCon in Frankfurt on October 27.

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    • willmore
    • 2 years ago

    Holy market segmentation, Batman!

    • UberGerbil
    • 2 years ago

    Hmmm, retail price on a 32GB Optane module is ~$80. So that 480 GB SSD should be comfortably over a grand. The benchmarks should be interesting anyway, especially compared to enterprise-grade PCIe SSDs, though depending on the connector they use it may be bandwidth constrained.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]Hmmm, retail price on a 32GB Optane module is ~$80. So that 480 GB SSD should be comfortably over a grand.[/quote<] Pfft... you can't just do a linear extrapolation like that! This is Intel we are talking about! If a 32 GB Optane module is $80 then a 480GB version would be $1200. But it's not that simple! The real price will be at least $1500.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        They will release a 480GB model at 500, but it will support reading but not writing. The 500GB model at 999 will support sequential reading and writing, but not random reads.

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    This isn’t much of a well kept secret at this point, all of this information was presented to partners before computex. The slides are accurate.

    • brucethemoose
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]As always, grab the Morton[/quote<] Y'all should work out an affiliate link deal with Morton. With all these juicy rumors, I'm burning through salt grains like crazy these days.

    • meerkt
    • 2 years ago

    I don’t understand what’s been happening with Star Citizen.

    Haven’t they updated by now their stretch goal to 10B$ in order to beat SpaceX to actual Mars?

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Well, you have a good point. By the way Roberts’ project is going, we’ll sooner reach the red planet than have the game complete.

        • meerkt
        • 2 years ago

        Is there any independent verification for their claimed crowdfunded sum? As far as I understand the collection is all internally handled for a long while now, so it does make me wonder.

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    OK GUIZE!! I’M LEARNING HOW TO [apparently double post with a single click too]

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    OK GUIZE!! I’M LEARNING HOW TO GET UPTHUMBS AGAIN!

    So I’m not going to read the article or actually think about the contents of the rumor.

    I’m just going to say that: 1. Chipsets; 2. Gemini Lake SoCs (whatver those are!), and 3. Optanic* SSDs all remind me of the Pentium 4 “Emergency Edition” panicked Intel response to AMD’s true innovation and that all these products suck and show that Intel is a panicked failure.

    Oh, and claiming that they suck goes quadruple if there are some sort of so-called “tests” that “allegedly” claim they don’t suck.

    Edit: Oh yeah: ECC. [MIC DROP]

    * See what I did there!

      • christos_thski
      • 2 years ago

      Lol, I see what you did there.

      Well that shouldn’t mean any criticism should be discounted though, does it?

      Personally, I’m hoping for something more substantial from optane technology, particularly the cache versions. Intel is being a bit stubborn with confining it in boot drives only. That kind of kills the momentum, as it would by far be more useful for caching large secondary drives. In fact, it would be incentive to stay with intel, now that AMD has competitive products.

      Full Optane SSDs, on the other hand…. Well I guess they serve a purpose but will be crazy expensive for most people.

      I have to say, I’d be significantly more excited if intel made optane “cache” compatible with secondary drives… more than with the added cores on coffe lake i5…

        • psuedonymous
        • 2 years ago

        [quote<] Intel is being a bit stubborn with confining it in boot drives only. [/quote<] It's just exposed as a regular NVME drive. You can use it for anything you want. You could format it as a regular drive and use it to store your holiday snaps if you felt so inclined.

          • christos_thski
          • 2 years ago

          But I can’t utilize the caching functionality with secondary HDDs… The 16 and 32GBs optane would not be useful as regular drives… they’re ideal for accelerating hard drives.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            I still don’t fully understand why Intel can’t write a functioning, OS-level, file-system-aware driver that takes all the files under a certain size (like, for example, 32KB) and throws small files onto the Optane/SSD cache and larger files onto the mechanical drive.

      • aspect
      • 2 years ago

      9

      11

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      just don’t pick a fight with me and put words in my mouth and we’ll be fine.

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