New Intel processors from the Coffee Lake Refresh line

CES 2019: Intel launches new 9th generation processors; AMD announces 7nm GPU

Now it is the turn of the CPUs and GPUs in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019! Two of the biggest giants in the business in the world presented very interesting news, which we will talk about next.


The world’s largest processor maker announced new 9th generation chips from the family “Coffee Lake Refresh” – still with the same 14 nanometer architecture, but with performance improvements and more attractive price.

The processors, designed for desktops (including, who knows, a possible upgrade of the iMac), range from the i3 series to the i9 and have between four and eight cores; the novelty is that, here, the chips marked with the letter “F” do not have the integrated Intel UHD 630 GPU and users can therefore build systems with their own graphics card choices. Below are the new models, compiled by AnandTech:

New Intel processors from the Coffee Lake Refresh line

The models are expected to hit the market later this month and computers equipped with them – including possible iMacs – will appear in the middle of the year. Until then, Intel will also announce new chips from the same family dedicated to notebooks.

Components stacked on the chip

The company took advantage of the event to show more details and a video about its technology Foveros 3D of stacking components on a chip, which we’ve talked about here. A future five-core chip, codenamed “Lakefield”, will start to be produced in the prototype phase soon; the so-called “Chiplets” (stackable sections of the chip) can play the role of graphics, memory or power controllers, miniaturizing the components.

Check it out:

Family “Ice Lake”

Finally, Intel also offered new information about its first chips in the family “Ice Lake”, the first built based on architecture “Sunny Cove” in 10 nanometers. In addition to the benefits already listed, the processors will integrate native support for the Thunderbolt 3 protocol, the Wi-Fi 6 standard and the company’s artificial intelligence technologies.

The company also said that the chips in the series could be used in “ultra-thin and ultra-portable” computers, adopting low-energy techniques when necessary. According to Intel, the first computers equipped with processors “Ice Lake” will arrive at the end of 2019 – so fans are waiting for Apple to join the party before making the transition to its own chips.


AMD, meanwhile, unveiled its latest creation that could bring tears to the eyes of those thirsty for graphics performance: the new GPU Radeon VII, the first in the world built on a 7 nanometer architecture.

With 16GB of memory and offering a bandwidth of up to 1 terabyte per second, the card offers 25% higher performance than previous GPUs in the Vega line (like those used in the iMac Pro). The idea is to start expanding games in 4K and leave other tasks, such as video processing and editing, much faster. And apparently, they are no joke: in one demonstration, the GPU was able to run a Devil May Cry 5 demo in 4K at “much more” than 60 frames per second.

Radeon VII will be available for sale on February 7 for $ 700 and will come with some very interesting gifts, such as copies of The Division 2 games, the aforementioned Devil May Cry 5 and the remake of Resident Evil 2.

Will it also appear in future Apple creations, like the mythical new Mac Pro? We hope so!