Do you remember how Intel would use Cannon Lake in 2016? And when it was pushed back to 2018? Well, according to the financial results of Q1 from Q1, we will not see the long-awaited follow-up of Kaby Lake until 2019 – at least not in a suitable state for the customer.
Exploring Cannon Lake needs some background information because it gets messy. In the past, Intel followed an easy-to-follow "Tick Tock" scheme, with each generation alternating between the introduction of a new mold process and architecture. That's why we all expected Cannon Lake to find its way into Skylake in 2016.
But because reality can never be easy, Intel repeatedly pushes back Cannon Lake. Since Skylake, Intel has launched Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake and Coffee Lake Refresh: three more refinements from Skylake. We don't even know for sure when Intel will release Cannon Lake, even if Team Blue insists on claims from a 2019 release. This delay in releasing 10nm processors partly explains why AMD Intel outsizes in consumer CPU space.
Intel continues to deny that Cannon Lake has been canceled, although Sunny Cove will be the next Intel architecture with Ice Lake in the very lighted window that we previously assumed would belong to Cannon Lake. And although there has been a Cannon Lake laptop chip, we are still trying to figure out exactly what Intel is doing. So keep this page handy as a bookmark and we will update it with new Cannon Lake information.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Intel ' s next generation, 10nm CPU line-up
- When will it be out? Somewhere in 2019
- What will it cost? TBD
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We should get Cannon Lake twice already. The supposedly 9th generation Intel CPUs would initially follow Skylake in 2016 and then Kaby Lake in 2018. But according to the Intel Q1 2018 financial report, it is "currently shipping 10nm products with a small volume and now expects that the production of 10nm will shift to 2019. "So we probably won't get Cannon Lake in 2018.
It was recently speculated that Intel had just canceled Cannon Lake because it was not financially feasible to go to 10nm. However, Intel came out and defended itself by saying that it made good progress at 10nm ' and that ' improve yields & # 39 ;. So we just have to see when this smaller production process brings it to market.
But then we get more and more evidence that Cannon Lake may never see the light of day. Intel has just announced its Sunny Cove 10nm microarchitecture, for both server and client processors, before the end of 2019. So, has Sunny Cove, just Cannon Lake, been renamed? Has Cannon Lake been canceled? Who knows.
Anyway, we have to wait until at least 2019 to see Cannon Lake, or what it is called now, but when in 2019? Well, we don't know yet, but we've got a leaked Intel roadmap that shows that Coffee Lake Refresh is Intel's premier platform in the second quarter of 2019. But given Intel's recent delivery problems, we could see the release pushed back to the last half of 2019 or even 2020.
Intel is not likely to fluctuate too much here. We expect prices to fall in line with the current 8th generation line-up Coffee lake processors. We have taken the liberty to list some prizes here.
- Intel Core i7-8700K – $ 350 (£ 290, AU $ 520)
- Intel Core i7-8700 – $ 313 (£ 290, AUD 430)
- Intel Core i5-8400 – $ 190 (£ 183, AU $ 250)
- Intel Core i5-8600K – $ 257 (£ 190, AU $ 325)
- Intel Core i5-8600 – $ 213 (around £ 150, AU $ 277)
- Intel Core i3-8100 – $ 130 (£ 99, AU $ 145)
- Intel Core i3-8350K – $ 180 (£ 160, AU $ 240)
- Intel Core i3-8300 – $ 138 (around £ 98, AU $ 180)
Unfortunately, we won't know before Intel releases price information, but Intel doesn't usually move prices between generations.
This is where things will become interesting. It has been a long time since we saw a smaller process shrink at Intel, but when Broadwell succeeded Haswell (yes, that was so long), we saw 30% more efficiency. This means that the battery life in the best laptops will increase, and we will be able to overclock even harder and keep the temps manageable.
Tom ' s Hardware has reported that a dual-core Cannon Lake CPU was sent last year according to a Specter microcode directive document, but it is highly unlikely that consumer units will be the same. Otherwise AMD would eat them alive before that. We will probably see higher core counts because Intel wants to fight AMD in an important way.
This dual-core chip was probably the Intel Core i3 8121U processor that Intel had just mentioned. According to the product listing, the processor has two cores and four threads that provide basic 2.2 GHz performance and boost a 3.2 GHz clock. It also has a TDP of only 15W and a 4MB cache.
And, Anandtech seems to have laid hands on a laptop on which that Core i3-8121U has been tested – and, well, it's not the next generation revolution that you were expecting. It beat the Kaby Lake Intel Core i3-8130U in some benchmarks, but many of the tests put the Cannon Lake mobile chip behind, while consuming more power.
We have also seen a leaked document suggesting that there will be a new X399 chipset in the factory that would support existing Coffee Lake processors and possibly Cannon Lake processors, suggesting that enthusiasts do not need to upgrade their motherboard to upgrade to the Cannon Lake train.
If the newly announced Intel i7-8086K is an indication of what we can expect from future Intel products with its 5 GHz boost clock, we will not only see high core counts due to the transition to a 10nm process, but also crazy high clock speeds .
Ultimately, we won't know what performance benefits the Cannon Lake CPU ' s offer until Intel shares more information about it, but because it has been reduced to 2019. We probably won't hear anything from the technology to Computex 2019. But, don't worry if anything changes, we'll update this page. So keep your eyes fixed on this page.