When Intel launched Coffee Lake last summer With a relatively anemic desktop and handset deployment, the company has changed, and that's changing a lot today: If you like Coffee Lake today, then there's much more of Coffee Lake, including new Core i9 CPUs in Mobile for the first time ever.
In total, Intel launches 11 new mobile CPUs, new Optane branding, a host of new desktop chips, and new chipsets. We rounded off the new cores for desktop and mobile in the following slideshow. You can click on each slide to enlarge it.
At the top of the stack is the Core i9-8950HK, an unlocked CPU with a Turbo Boost frequency of 4.6 GHz and a Turbo Boost with 4.8 GHz, what Intel "Thermal Velocity Boost" calls new, higher-clocked single-core frequency, which only intervenes when the CPU is running below 53C.
As usual, the Core i9 on mobile devices is a completely different beast than its desktop counterpart. On desktops, the i9 family offers features like four memory channels. In mobile it is still a dual-channel configuration. This, along with the lower TDP inherent in mobile chips, will likely limit scaling to some extent. Only the Core i9-8950HK is unlocked; Partial unlocking of the Core i7-8850H enables DRAM overclocking and 400 MHz CPU overclocking, but not more.
We can not say much more about how the Core i9-8950HK will scale as Intel continues its vile policy of refusing to disclose turbo frequencies, claiming that this information is "proprietary to Intel".
There is no question that there are specific details of Intel's Intel CPU implementations, but the idea that qualifying its core frequencies under this label is simply absurd. Intel did not have a problem with allowing its motherboard vendors to arbitrarily change the turbo frequencies. Manufacturers will often try to set a maximum all-core turbo frequency that matches Intel's highest single-core frequency, although this can easily lead to stability issues.
These settings vary from chip to chip. Pretending that this information is somehow proprietary is nothing but evasion to avoid passing on information that consumers could use to make more informed decisions.
It continues with the Core i9 – Intel's new 28W chips feature 128GB of EDRAM EDRAM graphics solutions. Both the Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs in this family are quad-core / 8 threads, but they are still Coffee Lake, not Kaby Lake refresh parts. In these CPUs, the EDRAM cache effectively serves as an L4 cache and can be used for more than just graphics workloads.
Finally, there is a new range of desktop chips that mainly fill holes in the previous Coffee Lake lineup. Unfortunately, Intel continues its trend of selling lousy integrated GPUs in this area. If you want to outbid the decline in price of desktop graphics cards with an integrated solution, the Ryzen 5 2400G remains the only plausible option.
Intel is also bringing new chipsets to market with these processors, a split between users who bought Z370 and the newer hardware. If you have purchased a Z370, you have no Intel USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports and no integrated onboard Wi-Fi provided by the PCH. If you buy a new board with chipsets H370, Q370, B360 or H310, you get these two features.
Anandtech has additional chipset details and a breakdown of the rather confusing Intel's 8th generation CPUs are split into 14nm +, 14nm ++ and a hitherto unknown 10nm update from Cannon Lake , This is an area where Intel has inexplicably gone down in the past 12 months – from its Xeon branding to its eighth-generation superfamily, Intel is trying to break into the fray.
One last thing to clean up: Systems Equipped with Optane, a + is now displayed after its name. Core i9 +, Core i7 +, etc. vPro support is now also displayed on the emblem.
The good news for Intel buyers is that these chips are well positioned, even if the branding is sometimes a bit uncertain. While there are some places where we would prefer updates, such as a GT3e graphics configuration in a socketed desktop CPU, almost anyone upgrading to Coffee Lake will get a significant performance boost. Whether it's higher core frequencies, core counts, or new features like built-in Wi-Fi capabilities for desktops, Coffee Lake has a rich set of features.