Things aren’t looking particularly bright for Intel with AMD Ryzen taking CPU market share. However, it seems that Intel might have something up its sleeve. According to a leak, Intel is preparing KF Variants for its 9th-gen Intel Coffee Lake refreshes.
The information comes from Gigabyte’s internal presentation’s leaked slides. According to the leaked slide, these Coffee Lake Refresh KF Variants include Intel Core i9-9900KF, the Core i7-9700KF, Core i5-9600KF, and the Core i3-9350KF.
However, it is unknown what the “KF” means for these Coffee Lake refreshes, while K could mean an unlocked CPU but, what “F” means remains a mystery for now. As noted by Techpowerup, “F” could mean an absent iGPU.
Speaking of the Intel’s troubles, AMD Ryzen outsold Intel by 2:1 in the month of November. This is according to stats revealed by German eTailer Mindfactory.
Furthermore, the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 was the CPU with most sales but, it was Ryzen 7 2700X that brought in the most revenue for AMD. However, the gap between AMD and Intel is very close in terms of revenue.
According to stats, Intel accounted for 44% of the overall revenue while AMD accounted for 56%. This close gap could be the result of lower prices for AMD Ryzen CPUs compared to Intel.
AMD has dominated the console market as AMD Jaguar CPU powers the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It is highly likely that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett will use AMD Ryzen Chips. While it hasn’t been confirmed but, AMD has hinted that next-gen consoles will drop in 2020.
According to AMD CEO, Lisa Su, company expects “significant growth” in this sector starting from 2020 and onwards. This indicates that PS4 and Xbox Scarlett will most likely release in 2020.
Intel, on the other hand, is preparing to jump into the discrete GPU market. Not only that, Intel is bagging up one of the most experienced talents in the GPU industry. These talents include Raja Koduri, former head of Radeon tech group.
However, Intel has just teased its upcoming Discrete Graphics card. A brief video was revealed to reveal the Intel Discrete GPU.
The video gives us a glimpse of Intel Discrete GPU that Raja Kadori along with a team of developers and designers have been working on. Intel has confirmed that its discrete GPU will release in 2020 and is “fully compliant DX12 graphics processor”.
Aside from the tease, Intel initially showcased a prototype for its discrete GPU at IEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference 2018. The prototype was based on the 14nm process node.