Intel document confirms eight-core Coffee Lake-S Xeons

In case you needed further evidence that an eight-core Coffee Lake CPU would be hitting Intel's desktop platform eventually, there's a new piece of data supporting that supposition. Over at Intel's site, you can find a Dear Customer Letter (DCL) that advises the company's partners regarding sample identification and usage guidelines for a “Xeon E Coffee Lake-S 8C Processor ES.” That'd be an engineering sample for an eight-core LGA 1151 Xeon.

No, the eight-core Coffee Lake CPU rumors we've been hearing about weren't specifically about Xeons, but then they also weren't necessarily about Core processors either. This document at least confirms the existence of such a processor die. Aside from a couple of mobile chips, Intel hasn't even officially launched the Coffee Lake Xeon E-series yet. Given the existence of these engineering samples, it seems we can probably expect that series to include eight-core CPUs at some point.

Historically speaking, the baseline Xeon series—known as Xeon E3 in recent years—has shared the overwhelming majority of its DNA with Intel's desktop CPUs. Thinking along those lines, we can probably expect this eight-core processor to show up on Intel's regular old LGA 1151 desktop platform at some point. The rest of the details are all up in the air even, though we've been hearing about this particular chip since September of last year.

In previous generations, we might have told you to pick up one of the Xeons when they come out and throw it in a low-cost B360 motherboard. That's not going to work anymore, though. Ever since Skylake, Intel has been forcibly segmenting its desktop Xeons onto motherboards bearing C200-series chipsets. Hopefully the consumer version of this chip isn't far behind. Hat tip to HotHardware for pointing out the story at WCCFTech.

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    • blastdoor
    • 1 year ago

    In related news, Wall Street appears to have figured out that AMD is emerging as a real threat to Intel’s margins [url<]https://www.marketwatch.com/story/intel-could-see-pain-from-amd-gain-in-manufacturing-analyst-says-2018-06-18[/url<]

      • jarder
      • 1 year ago

      And Wall st. only figured it out because Intel told them:

      [url<]https://techpinions.com/amd-could-grab-15-of-the-server-market-says-intel/53069[/url<]

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        Heh, yeah — I know. These guys really need it spelled out for them.

          • chuckula
          • 1 year ago

          You might be right.
          Apple’s stock is still way over-valued.

            • blastdoor
            • 1 year ago

            Perhaps.

            Although, Apple currently has a P/E of about 18 compared to Intel’s 22, Microsoft’s 67, Google’s 49. So at least for that conventional metric, Apple is one of the least over-valued big tech stocks.

            I’m sure you have much better metrics, though, which is why you’ve made so much money trading AAPL, AMD, and INTC.

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            Actually I made more off of Nvidia, but AMD and Intel have both been profitable.

            Apple was a failure.

            • blastdoor
            • 1 year ago

            You lost money on Apple? That takes talent — well done!

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            I never said I lost money. I just said Apple was a failure.

            I made enough money on a relatively small Nvidia investment to buy a Titan-V card in just over a year. Apple doesn’t do that.

            • blastdoor
            • 1 year ago

            Gotcha — thanks for the clarification!

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    Yawn. Wake me up when Intel finally figures out how to disable 1 core on a dual-core notebook part and connect 8 of them together on a PCB to finally make an 8 core chip.

      • uni-mitation
      • 1 year ago

      What do you mean with connecting 8 together on a PCB? Is this supposed to be like a Thread Ripper dig? I am curious, and I don’t want to assume.

      uni-mitation

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        Of course not!

        Threadripper only has 4 of those 8-core dies.

        If I’ve learned anything since becoming an AMD fanboy this year, it’s that real innovation means ending Intel’s evil monopoly of forcing us to buy obsolete “integrated” circuits.

        Intel can only come close to catching up with AMD by putting fewer and fewer cores on more dies. Hell, if they ever want to pull even I expect them to make separate “co-processor” chips for floating point instructions and stick them on the side!

        • maxxcool
        • 1 year ago

        While the delivery may be not to some tastes, the message is AMD tactic to have less than optimal paths to the memory controller and 4:1 core to memory ratios (in the 32 core version) is not to his liking.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      Lmao +1

      Intel was only ever able to glue two dual cores together. Intel has work to do on its glue game before it catches up to AMD.

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