Intel’s upcoming Coffee Lake architecture has been all but confirmed. A 6-core Coffee Lake CPU has showed up in SiSoftware’s online database. The chip is identified as a 6-core, 6-thread CPU from Intel with a clock speed of 3.5 GHz 1.5 MB of L2 cache (256 Kb per core), and 9MB of L3 cache.
One thing that is a little weird is the L3 cache. The Kaby Lake architecture features 2MB of L3 cache per core, so with this chip we would expect 12 MB of L3 cache. The smaller L3 cache could mean that this is a disabled chip or just simply a reporting error.
The fact that this chip also is only reporting a 6-core, 6-thread part likely means it is a Core i5 chip. If you don’t know Intel’s Core i5 lineup lacks HyperThreading. If this happens to be true it would be Intel’s first mainstream 6-core chip. Logical thinking would mean that Intel would also launch a 6-core, 12-thread Core i7 part with Coffee Lake.
If that happens to be the case it would really shake up the lineup as Core i7 parts would most likely all be 6-core, 12-thread parts. Luckily we won’t have to wait very long to find out information on Coffee Lake.