With Intel's new Coffee Lake processors soon to hit the market I've listed below what is currently known about them. This info is made up from both leaked specifications and speculation within the tech community.
Kaby Lake Refresh Z370 first generation chipset
- Next Gen Optane Memory support
- Integrated Dual-Core Audio DSP
- Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbit/s)
- C8 Support
- Thermal design power (TDP) up to 95 W (LGA 1151)
When is the release date?
There's not yet any official date, but the listed time frame from Intel is shown as the second half of 2017. Meanwhile motherboard manufacturers have stated that the new chipsets for Coffee Lake will be available in Q4 2017, likely between October and December.
What models will be available?
Upon release there will be 6 different models brought to the market, their differences are stated below:
How do these chips compare to previous generations?
As always with the release of a new generation of processors, different sources are stating wildly different performance increases over the previous generation (Kaby Lake), below is a leaked summary from Intel showing the performance increases throughout the model range:
Real world gains will likely be a lot less.
How much will the processors cost?
There's not yet any official pricing, but that hasn't stopped some sites posting approximate figures:
It's probably going to be difficult for Intel to resist pricing the flagship six-core Coffee Lake CPUs higher than their current K-series chips, but I'm hopeful the increased competition from AMD will mean they can't push the prices of the Core i7 or i5 chips any higher than the current $350/$250 price point.
Can I use my current motherboard?
Sadly not! Although Coffee Lake will still use the LGA1151 socket, there is a new chipset soon to appear on the market which will be named Z370, specifically for the new generation.
I'll update this thread as and when I find out any new details
Read here:"In an unusual move for Intel, the chip giant has ever so slightly taken the wraps off of one of their future generation Core architectures. Basic information on the Ice Lake architecture has been published over on Intel's codename decoder, officially confirming for the first time the existence of the architecture and that it will be made on Intel's 10nm+ process.
The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th generation Intel® Core™ processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10 nm+ process technology."