Intel’s 8th Gen Core processors, code named Coffee Lake, will see the introduction of the company’s first 6-core mainstream CPUs. Recently, benchmarks landed in the Geekbench database that give us a glimpse of the performance of the upcoming Coffee Lake 6-core CPU versus AMD’s widely popular Ryzen 5.
Intel’s Coffee Lake chip is listed to feature up to 6 cores and 12 threads clocked at 3.19GHz. It has 1.5 MB of L2 cache and and 12 MB of L3 cache.
There is no mention of the turbo clock speed, but if this is the same Coffee Lake 6-core CPU that we recently spotted in the SiSoft Sandra database, then expect it to be 4.2GHz.
Also, the chip is incorrectly recognized as a Kaby Lake part in Geekbench. This could be due to the Coffee Lake featuring a very similar architecture as its predecessor while there is no official support for the 8th Gen chips yet.
Intel Coffee Lake 6-core CPU Performance Leaked
Intel’s 6-core mainstream processor posted a single-core score of 4,619 and multi-core score 20,828.
For comparison, AMD’s 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 1600X clocked a little higher at 3.6GHz scores a tad lower: 4,574 points in single-core and 20,769 points in multi-core tests.
It should be noted that the Intel chip in question is an engineering sample and could have features disabled. The retail chip will be faster by a decent margin, which means the performance gap between the two 6-core rivals should widen a bit further. Additionally, BIOS tweaks and driver updates could also help increase the performance.
The Intel Coffee Lake chips will retain the same basic CPU and graphics architectures as the existing 7th Gen chips, but will utilize an optimized 14nm++ process technology. This should offer over 15 percent increase in performance over Kaby Lake.
As for the launch, the first Coffee Lake chips are scheduled to launch in August / September. The lineup comprises of 4-core and 6-core K-series desktop processors with TDP ratings of 65 and 95 watts. The CPUs will be compatible with Intel’s brand-new Z370 chipset.
Following the Coffee Lake will be Intel’s first 10nm Core processors, code named Cannon Lake. According to the company, not only is the Cannon Lake “on track” but its second-gen 10nm CPUs, code named Ice Lake, have been taped out as well—which is of course a significant milestone.
Cannon Lake will reportedly deliver a performance boost of up to 25 percent over Kaby Lake, while reducing power consumption by 45 percent. Intel is expected to launch Cannon Lake by the end of this year.