There are persistent rumors that Intel is going to release an 8-core, 16-thread mainstream Coffee Lake processor in the fall. While the chipmaker made no such announcement at Taiwan’s Computex expo, the processor is definitely in existence. It has made an appearance in the SiSoft Sandra database, disguised as an engineering sample clocked to a modest 2.6GHz.
Reportedly, the new chip will require a motherboard with the Z390 chipset for optimal performance, although it should be compatible will all 300-series boards out there. The chip has 16MB of L3 cache and 2MB of L2 cache. There are two versions of the chip, rated at 95W and 80W TDP. The latter is likely a Xeon variant.
If you are planning on acquiring a Z390 motherboard for building a music production rig, possibly around the new 8-core chip, you should know it supports 24 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes, six SATA ports with AHCI and RAID, and up to three M.2/U.2 connectors. USB connectivity is outlined with six 10Gbps USB 3.1 generation 2 ports and ten USB 3.1 generation 1 ports. So plenty of space to hook up your digital gear. Manufacturers such as ASUS are already gearing up to produce Z390 motherboards, so there’s a safe bet you will be able to pair one of these with Intel’s 8-core CPU in the fall.
We’ll be bringing more information about the chip as it becomes available.