Intel Prepares Cannonlake i7-9700K 8C/16T CPU for 2H 2018

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Intel Prepares Cannonlake i7-9700K 8C/16T CPU for 2H 2018

Even though Intel‘s 8th generation Coffee Lake processors just recently launched, rumours are already floating around regarding the upcoming 9th generation Cannonlake CPUs. The news comes from Hong Kong-based HKEPC hardware who learned of the news from a motherboard vendor source.  Unlike the 8th generation Coffee Lake which uses 14nm Tri-gate transistors, the 9th generation Cannonlake processors are expected to be the 10nm die-shrink of the same 14nm Kaby Lake architecture that Intel has been re-using.

Coffee Lake’s Short Life-Span

The next-generation launch will be sometime in the second half of 2018. Which makes the Coffee Lake 8th generation launch one of the shortest in Intel’s history. What makes this even more painful for many users is the fact that Coffee Lake processor stock is very few. So much so that Intel is tapping on to their Chengdu plant to meet demands. Lack of supply of course means higher prices, which is unfortunate for many builders.

Intel Prepares Cannonlake i7-9700K 8C/16T CPU for 2H 2018

Cannonlake however, will be compatible with 300-series motherboards and uses the same LGA1151 socket. There are actually Z390 motherboards already on the SiSoft Sandra database which would be fully compatible with all the Cannonlake features. Whether Intel will limit compatibility of these upcoming Cannonlake to only Z390 motherboards and exclude Z370 motherboards is unclear as of yet.

Intel 9th Generation Processor Features

Intel Prepares Cannonlake i7-9700K 8C/16T CPU for 2H 2018

The 9th generation Cannonlake will be the first Intel desktop CPU to support AVX-512 instruction set. It will also bring Intel’s 10th generation IGP and native Thunderbolt 3.0. Additionally, there is integrated Intel Wireless-AC (Wi-Fi/BT CNVi) and integrated programmable (Open FW SDK) Quad-Core Audio DSP.

If you can hold off upgrading until 2H 2018, then I suggest you do as this will bring significantly more features than Coffee Lake. The 8th Gen Coffee Lake is basically just brings higher-core count, and it is still technically a 7th-gen CPU underneath, just like that 7th-gen CPU is actually a higher-clocked 6th-gen CPU.

Coffee Lake increased the core count on the entire line. It upped the Core i7 and i5 to six cores, and even began offering i3 quad-core models. According to the rumours, Cannonlake CPUs will bring the core count up once again. So expect the flagship Core i7-9700K to sport 8-cores and 16-threads like AMD’s mainstream desktop flagship Ryzen 7 processors. The 9th Gen Core i5’s are going to have 6-cores and 12-threads. The 9th Gen Core i3’s finally getting hyper-threading support to completely out-perform any AMD Ryzen CPU within its range.

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11 Responses to “Intel Prepares Cannonlake i7-9700K 8C/16T CPU for 2H 2018”
  1. This is all lies lol, the processors are not getting upped core counts i7 will be 6 core 12 threads, i5 will be 6 core, 6 threads and i3 will be getting hyper threading at 4 core 8 threads.

    • Derp says:

      You are actually wrong. It is guaranteed that the i7 9700K IS INDEED an 8 core and 16 thread proc. There is no debating that. It is wildly known around the world.

      It is competing with the Zen 2 2800X 8/16. The 8700K being 6/12 would not exist if your allegations were correct. As a 6/12 i7 would defy the 4/8 i7 rhythm. that Intel had stuck to since the first quad-core they made.

      The i7 started as a dual core for the record. So evolution for the i7 is completely real. 2 core, then 4 core, then 6 core and now 8 core. Intel HAS to compete with core count.

      • Broc Obummer says:

        Aaannndd…you are WRONG. i7 9700K is hexa core. Short lived Skylake i7 kabylake i7 both dead-on-arrival and obsolete, Coffeecake is such a short life and Canonlake won’t have much longevity. By then the world would have moved onto 7nm. If single thread is Intel’s only advantage then there’s no point trying to compete in core counts cos Intel will lose in every way. Intel should stick to 5GHz quad cores for the gamers.

  2. Justin says:

    Wow, if this isn’t wildly speculative and inaccurate. I absolutely guarantee you this so-called “9th generation” is simply another rebadge of Skylake, which is another rebadge of Sandy Bridge. I also completely guarantee you that the 2018 Core i5 will absolutely not be multi-threaded. Intel has a religion, that religion is called segmentation.

    • Some Guy says:

      What exactly do you mean saying “Core i5 will absolutely not be multi-threaded”? I have a crappy $600 laptop with an i5-8250 and it has 4 cores / 8 threads (2 Threads per core) The specs on Intel’s site also confirms Hyper-Threading Technology is supported. This is clearly 2018 so how can you “absolutely guarantee” this will not happen in 2018? In fact, the release date of this processor is actually Q3’17 so it existed before your guarantee…

  3. Timberlake says:

    What a joke of Intel!! They don’t have any hyperthreading for current i5 coffeelake’s but AMD does.

  4. simon says:

    To me it just does not matter too much.what does is amd is back and true cpu compition has returned which should mean intel lowering prices or better value fore money.I. Have an 8600k. Love it.i came from amd.why because 8600k is a phenomal overclocked.i just wonder if the cannon lake cpus will overclock as well as previous generations.if they do intel will be out front.this is one thing alot of reviews seem to miss ryzen is bad at overclocking.that’s amds bad overclock better as higher core counts make overclocking all cores more difficult.that’s why intel haven’t gone 8/16 yet as well as tdp and heat.amds tdp is up to 105 c on 2700x quite a jump there in tdp

  5. John says:

    New generation what benefits?

  6. boe says:

    What we need is a motherboard for it with a z390 AND some sort of PCIe bridge – plx /pex or something else. Intel can make a good processor but if you want something for BOTH gaming and lots of throughput for a raid controller and 4 port 10g nic you are hosed. You can get the 7900x and spend an inane amount of money to get enough PCIe lanes but it won’t compare well to the 8700k for gaming. You could get a ryzen and as good as they are for video editing they still suck for gaming and yes, I’m including the 2700x unless you game at very low resolution without all the bells and whistles – then they are fine.

  7. wedge says:

    If I put you on a computer with either a 2700x or 8700k(with comparable memory and video card) and you didn’t look to see what it had or use benchmarks. I guarantee you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in gaming.

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