Leak Reveals Intel’s Plans For 2018
For starters, let’s take a look at Intel’s high-end Cascade Lake-X chips. Intended as successors to the Skylake-X processors, Cascade Lake-X is the company’s next generation of HEDT and are expected to hit the market by the end of next year. The leak didn’t mention a firm release date, but they will probably launch sometime around the holiday season.
It’s unconfirmed, but expected, that the next generation of processors will be compatible with current motherboards though the company may still do a board refresh sometime within the year. It’s also likely that Intel will increase the core count as a means of competing with AMD who are expected to be at work on a new version of the Threadripper.
The leaks provided no speculation on the price, but, generally, Intel has been more expensive than its rivals. Rather or not that trend will continue remains to be seen.
Cascade Lake-X are Intel’s high-end chips, but it is also releasing a new line of mainstream chips in the form of Coffe Lake-S though there is no word on whether or not we’ll get new 8-core processors. The updated dual-core processors will feature 35W TDPs go into production in the spring of next year. The B360/H370/H310-consumer motherboards are also expected to go into production around March of next year.
The final piece of the puzzle are the entry-level Gemini Lake processors which will be utilizing the new 14nm Goldmont cores. These processors will make use of the 14nm Goldmont cores and will come in dual and quad-core variants. According to the leaks, they will hit production near the end of the year, but we’ll likely get an official announcement during CES.
As always, leaks such as these should be taken with a grain of salt. They appear to be legitimate, but Intel may always change their minds before an official announcement is made.
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