Intel started shipping 8th-gen Core processors for laptops this year, but so far we’ve only seen a handful of 15 watt quad-core chips designed for thin and light computers. Now it looks like higher-power, higher-performance chips are on the way.

Images posted on Chinese service Tieba allegedly shows a computer with an Intel Core i7-8720HK processor, which could be one of several new laptop chips that use the same Coffee Lake architecture as Intel’s 8th-gen desktop chips.

According to the pictures, what we’re looking at is a 45 watt, 6-core chip with a base clock speed of 2.4 GHz.

Meanwhile, CPU Monkey has a listing for the Core i7-8700HQ chip, which seems to have similar specs. It looks like a significant upgrade over the Core i7-7700HQ, with more CPU cores, more cache, and a slightly higher graphics clock speed, among other things. The new chips are also said to support DDR4-2666 memory, up from the DDR4-2400 RAM supported by their equivalent 7th-gen chips.

There do seem to be a few areas where the new chip might be a step down. It has lower base and burst CPU frequencies. The architecture update and addition of two more CPU cores should make up for that in multithreaded applications. But tasks that only use a single CPU core may suffer a bit.

Of course, we should probably take all of these specs with a grain of salt until Intel officially announces the new chips.

via NotebookCheck and TechPowerUp


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7 replies on “Intel Coffee Lake 6-core laptop CPU leaked”

  1. The lower clockspeeds of the engineering sample CPU you tested is because it is an engineering sample. Coffee Lake laptop chips should clock higher than Kaby Lake as long as the extra 2 of the 6 cores aren’t being used. As in 4 core load or less, the Turboboost tables should give more clocks due to better power efficiency.

  2. There is no such thing as the i7-8720HK or i7-8700HQ.
    Rather the Coffee Lake high end laptop CPU model #s are

  3. Interesting, can we expect an octa core mobile CPU as well in the near future? Time will tell.

  4. …I wonder when we’re gonna get 8 core/16 thread CPU’s that are clocked decently (>2.5GHz) for mobile systems (<35W TDP). Will it be an Intel Core or an AMD Ryzen, first to that race?

    For some reason, 6-cores feel weird to me.
    Not just 6-cores, but, 16GB-2400 RAM, and 3GB VRAM-8Gbps specs feel like a transition point that will be short lived. I mean It wasn't long ago when 4-core, 8GB-2100 RAM and 2GB VRAM-6Gbps were the de facto standard of the industry. And now we're getting pushed quickly into 8-core, 32GB RAM, 4GB VRAM-12Gbps. Almost a doubling of the previous standard, meaning soon to be coming future games will run much more optimised on this as a new standard, making the PC's with these "transition specs" feel out of place, or maybe everso "almost there but not quite enough" kind of vibe.

    Might just be me remembering the weird transition period we had during early quadcore processors, where tri-core processors also showed up, along with systems with limited bandwidth or just not enough memory. And it was even worse when people tried upgrading to Windows Vista. These mishaps were mostly on AMD's camp, and they got a bad reputation for it which stuck for many years to come.

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