Intel ready to serve Coffee Lake to the mainstream PC market, leaked slides show

Coffee Lake
Additional information regarding Intel’s upcoming eighth-generation “Coffee Lake” processor family arrived in the form of leaked slides. They reveal a few details about the company’s unannounced Coffee Lake-S lineup, which will introduce six-core processor models to the mainstream desktop CPU market.

As a refresher, there are several variants of a specific CPU processor design (architecture/generation) that are designated with a letter. For instance, Coffee Lake-X would consist of high-end chips for the enthusiast market. A step down would be the “S” group for mainstream/performance PCs, followed by the “H” group for laptops requiring high-performance graphics. Other processor groups include the “U” chips for ultra-low power thin and light notebooks, and the “Y” chips serving extreme low-power tablets and 2-in-1 detachables.

As far as the actual Coffee Lake-S processor lineup goes, the slides do not appear to list specific models. Instead, there’s a new Core i3-8300 version added to the Coffee Lake rumor mill sporting four cores and eight threads. We do not know the specifics like speed and power draw just yet but the four-core chip will likely surface again in a few days.

i7-8700K 6 / 12 3.7GHz 4.7GHz 4.6GHz 4.4GHz 4.3GHz 95 watts
i7-8700 6 / 12 3.2GHz 4.6GHz 4.5GHz 4.3GHz 4.3GHz 65 watts
i5-8600K 6 / 6 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.2GHz 4.2GHz 4.1GHz 95 watts
i5-8600 6 / 6 2.8GHz 4.0GHz 3.9GHz 3.9GHz 3.8GHz 65 watts
i3-8300 4 / 8 ? ? ? ? ? ?

Of course, the slides have since been removed, but they revealed that the Coffee Lake-S platform will rely on the same motherboard LGA 1151 “seat” (socket) used by Intel’s seventh-generation (Kaby Lake) and sixth-generation (Skylake) desktop processors. The caffeinated chips will be compatible with Intel’s upcoming 300 Series motherboard chipsets, indicating that a new motherboard may be required to use Coffee Lake-S CPUs if Intel doesn’t release supporting firmware for its older 200 Series motherboard chips.

The Coffee Lake-S platform will include integrated USB 3.1 Gen2 (10Gbps) technology. It will also support Intel’s integrated Wireless AC Revision 2 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, next-generation Intel Optane memory, Thunderbolt 3 with DisplayPort 1.4, enhanced memory overclocking, and DDR4 memory clocked at 2,666MHz. An integrated SDXC 3.0 controller will be included, as well.

According to the slides, Coffee Lake-S will enable a single processor to handle up to 24 PCI Express 3.0 lanes, up to 10 USB 3.1 ports with six of those based on Gen2 (10Gbps) technology, and up to six SATA 3 ports. On the storage front, Coffee Lake-S will rely on Intel Rapid Storage Technology to handle storage based on PCI Express 3.0 x4 connections.

Intel’s leaked roadmap indicates the first wave of Coffee Lake-S desktop processors will arrive at the tail end of the third quarter of 2017 (like, right now) and throughout the fourth quarter. These will supposedly consist of four-core and six-core 95-watt models labeled with a “K,” and 65-watt models without the “K” designation. Then in the first quarter of 2018, Intel plans to release the remaining Coffee Lake-S desktop CPU lineup consisting of two-core “K” units with a 95-watt power requirement, and several units only requiring 35 watts of power.


Turn your iPad into a display for your new Mac Mini with this workaround

The folks at Luna Display have figured out a workaround which lets you get the best of both worlds and use Wi-Fi and an adapter in order to turn your iPad into a display for the 2018 Mac Mini.

These cheap laptops will make you wonder why anyone spends more

Looking for a budget notebook for school, work, or play? The best budget laptops, including our top pick -- the Asus ZenBook UX330UA -- will get the job done without digging too deep into your pockets.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6: Everything you need to know

The Surface Pro 6 is officially here, though it's not as big of a redesign as you might have hoped. With a new coat of black paint and an 8th-gen processor, this is a small update. If you've been eyeing a Surface Pro, you may want to wait…
Digital Trends Live

Singer Racella talks recording, drawing inspiration from trauma

On episode 15 of DT Daily, Digital Trend's daily morning show, host Greg Nibler talked to singer-songwriter Racella about her new EP, Waves, how to make music with an iPhone, and more.

AMD is pulling ahead in the die shrink race with 7nm CPUs and graphics cards

AMD might have played second fiddle to Intel and AMD for a long time, but it has the potential to leapfrog both when it debuts its new 7nm CPUs and graphics cards in 2019, leading the die-shrink race for the first time in years.

Latest SMS breach could allow hackers access to your online accounts

A new security breach that exposed more than 26 million text messages could be a huge nightmare for users relying on two-factor authentication. Many of the SMS on the database contained security codes and account reset links.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Mail client goes freemium with the introduction of ads

Microsoft Windows Insiders are finding a nasty surprise inside the Mail app on the latest Windows 10 preview build in the form of banner ads. These ads will appear in the Mail app regardless of the webmail service you use.

All the best Apple MacBook deals for Black Friday 2018

Shoppers looking for a new Apple laptop could find huge savings on a new MacBook come Black Friday. Retailers are offering discounts as much as $650 on select MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models this holiday season.

Apple discontinues AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule as it exits Wi-Fi router business

Apple is now officially no longer in the router business. The company had already stopped selling the AirPort Express, and now its retail stores and websites have stopped offering the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule.

Secure your Excel documents with a password by following these quick steps

Excel documents are used by people and businesses all over the world. Given how often they contain sensitive information, it makes sense to keep them from the wrong eyes. Thankfully, it's easy to secure them with a password.

Lost your router? Here's how to find its IP address to help track it down

Changing the login information for your router isn't always easy, that's why so many have that little card on the back. But in order to use it, you need to know where to go. Here's how to find the IP address of your router.

PDF to JPG conversion is quick and easy using these simple methods

Converting file formats can be an absolute pain, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to convert a PDF to JPG, no matter which operating system you're running.

Crypto hangover could take blame for Nvidia’s potential GeForce RTX 2060 delay

Nvidia's delay in announcing a ship date for its GeForce RTX 2060 GPU could be due to a burst in the cryptocurrency mining bubble. Executives blamed the crypto hangover for an oversupply of inventory on existing GTX 1060 cards,

Save $900 on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and more with Lenovo’s Cyber Monday sales

In the latest set of holiday sales, Lenovo is heavily discounting its fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and other popular Windows laptops and 2-in-1s for the holiday shopping season.