Ever since the Intel Core 2 Quad came out Intel has limited the core count for mainstream CPUs to 4 cores. That has been the baseline for a long time but that has changed ever since AMD Ryzen came out and introduced 8 cores for the mainstream market. Intel Coffee Lake is the upcoming series of CPUs and this will be the first time that 6 cores and 12 threads will be coming to the mainstream.
Intel Coffee Lake will be replacing the Intel Kaby Lake CPUs but in terms of architecture, it will still be based on the same architecture but will feature a tweaked 14nm+ process that should bring some marginal improvements in terms of instructions per clock and clock speeds. The Intel Coffee Lake CPU that has been leaked feature a base clock of 3.5 GHz.
The 6 core 12 thread CPU can also boost to 4.2 GHz. There is not information regarding whether or not these CPUs will feature Turbo Boost Max technology and if I was to venture a guess I would say that it is unlikely that this technology will be brought to the mainstream market. The CPU also features 9MB L3 cache.
While we have seen 6 core and 8 core CPUs from Intel they have been very expensive and for the enthusiast market instead of the mainstream market. This will be the first time that will see such an increase in core count. It will be interesting to see how these upcoming CPUs will compete against Ryzen CPUs and how these CPUs will be priced at launch.
Intel has not offered much of an increase in performance for the mainstream market for some time now and one can argue whether upgrading each year is worth it. We will have to see what kind of improvement Intel Coffee Lake will offer as compared to Intel Kaby Lake.
Let us know what you think about 6 core Intel Coffee Lake CPUs coming out for the mainstream market and what price you will be willing to pay for the extra cores and threads.