Intel appears to have inadvertently confirmed the existence of its upcoming 9th generation Core CPUs. Intel Core 9th-Gen processors were listed in the documentation for microcode update guidance for the Spectre CPU vulnerability.
The document was released on July 3rd and lists out several 9th gen processors which appear to be refreshes of the 8th-gen Coffee Lake S CPUs. Since the update was published, Intel has altered the document and edited out the existence of the Core 9000 series but it’s too late now, the cat’s out of the bag.
The full list of Intel Core 9th Gen Coffee Lake S CPUs listed is as follows:
- Core i3-9000
- Core i3-9100
- Core i5-9400
- Core i5-9400T
- Core i5-9500
- Core i5-9600
- Core i5-9600K
From the looks of things, we could be set for a complete refresh of Intel’s Coffee Lake S 14nm chips. The presumption being that Intel has very publicly been running into issues with large-scale 10nm fabrication and a new round of 14nm silicon could provide a decent stop-gap.
Noticeably absent from the list are the Core i7 CPUs, although the documentation is only concerning quad and hexa-core CPU configurations. And Core i7-9xxx processors will likely be at least 8 cores and so wouldn’t feature in this particular documentation.
In addition to the list of CPUs, a separate publication from Intel detailed the specs of the new processors. Again, this has subsequently been removed, but not before it was gobbled up by the internet. We’re looking at 100-200MHz performance boost per core while retaining the same TDP as 8th Gen. A modest refinement then, but a performance boost all the same.