Dual-core Coffee Lake-S CPUs and mainstream 300 series motherboards will be coming out in January 2018 according to a new roadmap. The mainstream motherboards are the H310, H370, B360. There will also be enthusiast Z390 motherboards coming out by the end of 2018.
The Dual-core Coffee Lake-S CPUs will have a TDP of 65W and 35W and will feature support for USB 3.1, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0. According to reports, there will also be business motherboards namely Q360, Q370. As of right now, the only motherboards that you can buy are the Z370 motherboards and these are pretty expensive if you do not want to buy an unlocked CPU.
If you want to pair a 6 core CPU with a mainstream $80 motherboard then you will have to wait till next year. It is not possible for 2017. This is a bit of a bummer but Intel is trying to sell the K SKU before the rest and this is not something that we are seeing for the first time. The same happened with the launch of Sky Lake CPUs. See the leaked roadmap below:
Dual-core CPUs have done well in the past and that might be one of the reasons why Dual-core Coffee Lake-S are coming out. Miners are always on the lookout for cheap CPUs and the Dual-core Coffee Lake-S CPUs could be a hit with miners if not with gamers.
It will be interesting to see the pricing of these Dual-core Coffee Lake-S as the 4 core Intel i3 CPUs are priced starting at $117. If the price difference is minimal then people will want to pay the extra money for the additional cores. Also, check out our 8700K benchmarks.
Let us know what you think about dual-core Coffee Lake-S CPU coming in 2018 and whether or not you would consider buying one when they come to market.