The latest rumor for Intel is that the company is preparing to launch its new 9th generation CPUs with a new Coffee Lake refresh that would be led by the flagship Core i9-9900K.
Intel is expected to launch the new Coffee Lake refresh on August 1 with the actual launch taking place in the weeks and months after, with multiple new Coffee Lake refresh CPUs filling out the 9th-gen family. The Coffee Lake refresh will see Intel fighting hard against AMD with its Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an 8C/16T design. Intel has no consumer 8C/16T processor on the market, so this would be a first for the company with the purported Core i9-9900K.
According to the new rumors, we should expect:
- Core i9: 8C/16T
- Core i7: 6C/12T
- Core i5: 6C/6T
- Core i3: 4C/4T
There's also a rumored 4C/4T chip rumored for the Coffee Lake refresh, but we'll have to wait and see if these hot-and-heavy rumors turn out to be true. If we see a 4-core CPU that hits 5GHz when overclocked, Intel could really do some damage if the price is right on the Core i3 offering. I can see the Core i9-9900K being expensive, but it'll be damn good if it can hit 5.5GHz, that's for sure.
AMD is set to unleash its 32C/64T processor into the HEDT market with the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X, but since it's not on the market right now what do we do? Look at some simulated CPU tests that tease what AMD has in store.
Legendary overclocker der8auer has used AMD's current EPYC 7601 processor overclocked to 3.4GHz, which is the purported base CPU clock of AMD's flagship Ryzen Threadripper 2990X, alongside 4 x DIMMs to simulate AMD's upcoming monster CPU.
The simulated test used a normal EPYC server system but with some modifications that include an upgrade PSU, with der8auer using a Seasonic platinum PSU and upgraded water chiller cooler.
AMD will be launching their new Ryzen Threadripper 2 processors on August 13 according to the latest information provided by WCCFTech, with the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X and 2950X chips to be launched alongside the new X399 chipset.
The second that AMD launches the new Ryzen Threadripper 2990X, it will have totally left Intel in its dust. Intel's flagship CPU has reached just 28C/56T, which will be dwarfed by AMD on August 13 with the Threadripper 2990X. We're to expect a base CPU clock of 3.4GHz and boost of 4GHz, while overclocking should get us to around 4.2GHz for single-threaded workloads.
Inside, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X includes 16MB of L2 cache, 64MB of L3 cache for a total of 80MB of cache which is incredible. AMD is expected to keep the TDP of the 32C/64T behemoth at 250W, with a bunch of fancy coolers teased during Computex 2018. But what about price?
Update: Intel reached out to me overnight and said: "There is no change to the branding of the Intel Core Extreme Edition processor and Intel Core X-series processor family"". Looks like Intel won't be moving away or retiring from the Extreme Edition brand.
Intel has held the highest post with enthusiast CPUs in the HEDT market with its Extreme Edition brand of processors, a range of chips that had no compromises and represented the best of Intel in the enthusiast market.
The #ExtremeEdition Brand is about to get killed. What a big mistake.— François Piednoël 🇫🇷🇺🇸 (@FPiednoel) July 9, 2018
According to Francois Piednoel, ex-Principal Engineer, Performance Architect / System Architect at Intel, the company is about to retire its Extreme Edition brand of processors. Piednoel posted on his personal Twitter account saying: "The #ExtremeEdition Brand is about to get killed. What a big mistake", and I totally agree with that last bit... what a huge mistake Intel would be making if they are indeed killing off the Extreme Edition brand.
The Extreme Edition brand has been important to Intel for years, first appearing in dual-core CPU form with the Pentium Extreme Edition on the ancient 90nm process on the Pentium Extreme Edition 840, launched in April 2005. Intel marketed its Extreme Edition CPUs beautifully with the launch of Crysis, teaming with Crytek for its marketing on the Intel Core 2 Extreme range of CPUs.
If this is true and Intel does kill off the Extreme Edition brand, is it because of the sheer dominance AMD is bringing to the table with their Zen CPU architecture? Intel is losing with its 10nm node push, the loss of their CEO, and the server market is expected to tip into AMD's favor throughout 2019 and beyond.
Things just got very, very interesting in the CPU space as Chinese manufacturer Hygon has just announced it is starting the production of Chinese-designed "Dhyana" x86-based processors that are reportedly based on AMD's Zen CPU microarchitecture.
How did this happen? According to TH, there is an x86 IP licensing deal struck between AMD and its Chinese partners. AMD has said it doesn't sell final chip designs to Chinese based companies, but the IP licensing deal allows them to sell their own processors made specifically for the server market in China.
These new Dhyana CPUs are as close as they can be to AMD's own EPYC server processors, with the only difference between the CPUs being their unique vendor IDs and family series numbers. Mic drop moment from AMD against Intel. But what about US laws against this type of thing, as we all know Chinese companies rip designs and IP all the time.
Intel is expected to launch their 8th-gen Whiskey Lake-U processors, with the new range of mobile CPUs to succeed the current-gen Kaby Lake-R processors. Intel will continue using its 14nm++ process, driving CPU clock speeds up and keeping the power consumption low.
Whiskey Lake-U will include the flagship Core i7-8565U that will succeed the Core i7-8550U, while the mid-range Core i5-8265U succeeds the Core i5-8250U. Both of these processors will be made on the 14nm++ note, with Intel pushing CPU clock speeds up through the optimized process design... but other than that, there's nothing else really new here.
What we will be getting from Intel with the 4C/8T chip in the new Core i7-8565U is an increase of 200MHz base CPU clock and 100MHz increase in the Turbo Boost frequency. As for the Core i5-8265U which is also a 4C/8T part, with a much larger increase in its Boost clock of 500MHz, while the base clock stays the same as the previous-gen Core i5-8250U.
AMD is set to have one of the most exciting quad-core CPUs of the last generation or so with its upcoming Ryzen 3 2300X processor, which has found its way into the hands of XFastest, who also grabbed the Ryzen 5 2500X that is around the corner.
The upcoming Ryzen 3 2300X is a 4C/4T part with no multi-threading support, 3.5GHz base CPU clock and 4.0GHz turbo CPU clocks. This is all made on the 12nm node with precision boost overdrive, and XFR enhanced. XFastest tested the Ryzen 3 2300X and its 4C/4T of budget CPU power under LN2 cooling, where the team reached a peak of 5663MHz (5.6GHz) but it wasn't stable for benchmark runs, so they dropped down to 5585MHz (5.5GHz) and it was fine.
Cinebench results for the overclocked Ryzen 3 2300X reached 895 points in the multi-core test, and 233 points in the single-core tests. CPU-z benchmarks reveal the 2300X scored 642.3 points in single-thread, and 2553.2 in multi-threaded benchmarks. If we compare this against the stock results of 690 points in Cinebench against 895 points when overclocked, we can see the Ryzen 3 2300X is knocking down some performance doors.
Intel is preparing its strange refresh/emergency release of their 9000 series based on the Coffee Lake-S architecture, with a new mid-range Core i5-9600K planned and coming soon.
The new Core i5-9600K is a 6C/6T processor with no Hyper-Threading and a slight CPU clock speed bump to usher in the new CPU. Intel will be offering up 100MHz in base clock and 200MHz in Turbo clocks over the Core i5-8600K, all staying within the same 95W TDP. The new SKUs were found in the Microcode Update and June 2018 8th Gen Core Family update, which means they're close, but not here just yet.
Intel's big selling point with the 9000 series CPUs will be the official introduction of the first 8-core CPU parts from Intel in the form of the upcoming Core i9-9900K which is an 8C/16T beast that will take on the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X processor. It's going to be a confusing release, compounded by the fact there'll be a "new" Z390 chipset launched at the same time.
In effect, Intel is bumping CPU clocks up by around 100-200MHz and slapping a 9 where the 8 should be. Yay.
AMD might not be securing all of the CPU market share right away with Ryzen, but it's causing enough of a stir to pull thousands of people away from the clutches of Intel, who is in a world of trouble as it is right now with its CEO resigning recently, and their 10nm process completely broken.
The company is reportedly preparing a mid-range Ryzen 3 2300X processor which is a 4C/4T part, with its CPU clocks bumped up to 3.5/4.0GHz thanks to no multi-threaded support. AMD's use of the 12nm process also helps, with tweaks to precision boost overdrive and XFR enhanced.
AMD's upcoming Ryzen 3 2300X should sell for between $120-$140 which will make it some truly insane value when you compare it to the Intel Core i5-7600K which costs over $220. But what about the performance of the Ryzen 3 2300X? This is what we need to see.
According to a post on Chiphell, the purported Ryzen 3 2300X was tested on a Biostar X370 Racing motherboard and it looks like it's delivering the performance of the Core i3-8100 and Core i3-8350K. The user pushed the Ryzen 3 2300X up to 4.3GHz with 1.38V of voltage used. We should expect to need a good AIO cooler to handle that voltage and overclock, as well as a good motherboard.
If there's a CPU that I'm excited for this year, it would have to be AMD's impending megatasking crusher, the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X and its monstrous 32C/64T of CPU power.
But what about the price? AMD seemed very coy during Computex 2018 in public and behind closed doors about the price of the new Ryzen Threadripper 2990X, but weren't shy from saying it would be more expensive than the current Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Now there's a European retailer that has listed it early for 1509 EUR, which works out to around $1750 USD.
This is most likely a placeholder price, and I expect it to be more expensive than that - closer to, or over $2000. Hell, AMD could charge $3000 for the Ryzen Threadripper 2990X and it would still be an amazing price. Intel doesn't have anything close to it apart from the Xeon Platinum 8180 Processor which is a 28C/56T part that costs over $10,000.
Also, forget throwing that into your older-gen motherboard and it working, which the Threadripper 2990X will do just that - they will work in current-gen X299 motherboards after a new BIOS flash.