While Macs are still waiting for Kaby Lake chips, Intel is already talking about the advantages of the next generation – Coffee Lake.

As every computer fan or fan must know, the 2017 edition of the COMPUTEX TAIPEIis one of the largest computer fairs in the world in Taiwan. And the one who showed up there, as it could have been, was a certain processor manufacturer that we are all very familiar with.

THE Intel took the stage of his conference to introduce a new series of high-performance processors, the Core-X Series. The heyday of this new line is a modest chip called Core i9 Extreme, which has 18 cores (!) and 36 threads(!!), being able to generate more than 1 teraflop(!!!) of processing power in a single domestic machine. Friends, the future is here.

Core-X Series, Intel's New Processor Line

As much as this is eye-catching news, it is primarily intended for Windows users who like to set up their machines or buy custom-built computers for high performance (at least as long as Apple can't fix Mac Pro). ). Here for the Cupertinian sides of the thing, however, the processor giant has also made some interesting revelations, and they boil down to two words: “Coffee Lake”.

If you are lost, I explain: each new generation of Intel processor architecture is called a name. The current generation called “Kaby Lake”while the former known as Skylake. These two generations as well as the coming “Coffee Lake”, feature a 14 nanometer manufacturing process; only the later generation, called Cannonlake, be the first based on a 10 nanometer process.

This does not mean, however, that the gains of generation “Coffee Lake” compared to its predecessor are negligible. Quite the contrary: Intel took the time of its morning conference today to announce that, after testing a processor based on its newest architecture, it realized gains of more than 30% in performance compared to an architecture chip “Kaby Lake”.

The two processors were compared using the SYSmark 2014 tool on a computer running Windows 10. On the one hand, a chip “Coffee Lake” with base velocity in the disclosed and Turbo boost 4GHz; on the other, a Core i7-7500U dual-core with 2.7GHz and Turbo boost 3.5GHz. The advantages were remarkable and the two processors are 15W, the kind that goes into a portable computer.

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What does this mean for the Mac world, then? Well, roughly speaking, nothing more than a truism already expressed by Moore's Law for decades: Macs of the future will be significantly more powerful than today's. The numbers, however, give you an idea of ​​how powerful they will be.

It remains, however, that Tim Cook and his class define this "next" we are talking about. As we all know, Apple has not even updated its Macs to include architecture processors. “Kaby Lake”therefore no one knows exactly when Ma computers will receive the “Coffee Lake”.

By all accounts, Mac updates should paint at the opening conference of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017 next week, but they should incorporate the line's processors. “Kaby Lake”. Except, as the possibility has already been vented in some vehicles, that Apple will stop shipping these computers just a few months later and already include the chips in them. “Coffee Lake”which, according to Intel, will be ready to equip machines around the world "sometime in the second half."

Will Ma skip a generation of Intel and already lead the way in this new architecture, or will it remain reasonably late, having to catch up with competitors? We'll have to wait and see.

via MacRumors