Neue Intel Prozessoren 2015

Here"s the rundown des Intel"s past, present, und future "Lake" CPU families und codenames.

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Keeping track von everything the happens an the modern technology world tun können be difficult. Take CPUs as bei example. Also if sie follow nachrichten on die best CPUs zum gaming religiously, keeping track von Intel"s dozens von platform and product codenames kann sein be difficult, especially with neu names popping nach oben on leaked roadmaps all die time. For the uninitiated, this codenames can be confusing and cryptic, deshalb I put together this CPU codenames cheat sheet.


I"m going zu include all the past and present "Lake" processors in Intel"s repertoire—though I"m skip most des the server-specific designs choose Cascade Lake, too as die Atom-derived designs (N/E/M/Z-series processors), as they don"t really apply to PC gaming enthusiasts. Here"s die not-so-brief overview, then, ordered von launch date.



Intel Kaby Lake wafer, bild courtesy Intel

Intel CPU "Lake" families trost to the present day: 6th through 9th Gen

Skylake (SKL, 14nm, sixth Gen Core, august 2015): The erste of ns "Lake" CPUs, Skylake was a significant CPU design overhaul. Intel relocated from a 4-wide design (meaning, fetch, decode, und execute up to four instructions von clock cycle) kommen sie a 6-wide design. It was ns second of Intel"s 14nm CPUs—the "tock" zu Broadwell"s "tick," though of prozess Intel exit Tick-Tock soon after. Desktop und mobile variants to be either 2-core or 4-core, with und without Hyper-Threading (aka SMT, Symmetric Multi-Threading) depending on die family. Skylake deshalb served as die introduction zum Intel"s Gen9 graphics technology, with improved performance und features.



Kaby Lake (KBL, 14nm+, 7th Gen Core, august 2016): Kaby Lake represented die official ende of Tick-Tock, though technically Devil"s Canyon (optimized 22nm 4th Gen Haswell) currently messed sachen up. Fundamentally, Kaby Lake ist the same style as Skylake, but ns manufacturing process was refined—hence ns "+" on 14nm+. The changes consist von a modified fin profile and strained silicon, add to refinements an manufacturing that naturally happen as a process matures.


Desktop and mobile variants were die same 2-core und 4-core designs together SKL, and for the erste time Pentium feuer CPUs permitted Hyper-Threading (I"m not counting the original Pentium 4 Hyper-Threading). Kaby Lake so updated die graphics core to Gen9.5, the major transforms involving support zum 4K HEVC/VP9 video decoding.



Intel Coffee Lake wafer closeup.

Coffee Lake (CFL, 14nm++, 8 hours Gen Core, October 2017): Coffee Lake wasn"t ~ above Intel"s initial roadmaps—it was likely introduced kommen sie counter AMD"s meditation architecture, i m sorry promised up kommen sie 8-core/16-thread designs weist mainstream prices. Coffee Lake deshalb spelled the ende of Intel"s "Process-Architecture-Optimization" plans, due to the fact that it stood for a second optimization phase. CFL keeps ns Gen9.5 graphics.

14nm++ increased ns transistor gate pitch weil das lower existing density und higher leakage transistors. That an turn allows zum higher frequencies, though v larger die sizes and increased idle power use. The biggest change was mainstream desktop computer 6-core/12-thread designs zum Core i7, 6-core/6-thread for Core i5, und 4-core/4-thread zum Core i3. Cell phone models so got 6-core 45W CPUs weil das the first time.

Cannon Lake (CNL, 10nm, 8th Gen Core, may 2018): Ah yes, the ephemeral Cannon Lake, Intel"s zuerst 10nm processor design. There"s so much kommen sie say about this one, deshalb bear v me.

Originally intended to launch bei 2016, erste demonstrated in 2017, and first shipped in very minimal quantities in May 2018, Cannon Lake had an ext than a couple of issues. Intel"s Cannon Lake page (which zu sein linked from the Core i3-8121U, die only Cannon Lake CPU as much as we"re aware), doesn"t also exist. But the CPU did an fact ship, und don"t you dare to speak otherwise! (That hülle CNL one step ahead von Tejas, the last iteration des NetBurst that tapped out und then never ever saw die light des day.)



Intel"s Stacy schmied holding a Cannon Lake wafer bei 2017, image courtesy Intel

How wanne was Intel"s erste stab hinweisen 10nm? the company has actually downplayed problems, yet let"s look at at the facts. Intel released a 2-core/4-thread "mobile" design, with ns GPU portion of the chip disabled. Starting with a smaller sized chip is common for new process nodes, however disabling the integrated GPU bei a cell phone product speak volumes. It was likely necessary to improve ns number des functional chips Intel might get, which argues incredibly negative yields. Und even then, performance and power did notfall look good.

Cannon Lake does incorporate AVX512 indict support, which can help in a few specific instances, however everything else is basically bad. Power, memory latency, and other aspects were worse than through existing 14nm mobile designs. Bei retrospect, ns difficulties caused über all the enhancements originally stuffed into Intel"s 10nm procedure far outweighed the potential benefits. Cannon Lake was so supposed kommen sie debut Gen10 Intel Graphics, but since the GPU was disabled Gen10 successfully turned into vaporware.

Whiskey Lake (WHL, 14nm++, 8th Gen Core, ehrenvoll 2018): A lesser known branch native Intel"s hauptsächlich line of CPUs, Whiskey Lake arrived about the same time as die Coffee Lake Refresh, however focused solely on mobile CPUs. That includes ns same Meltdown/Spectre hardware mitigations (many des which are still done in firmware). Over there are just a handful des Whiskey Lake processors, consists primarily von 4-core/8-thread i5 und i7 models, together with one each weil das 2-core/4-thread core i3 and Pentium, and 2-core/2-thread Celeron.



Intel Coffee Lake Refresh and the 8-core i9-9900K

Coffee Lake refreshing (CFL-R, 14nm++, 9th Gen Core, October 2018): If the zuerst Coffee Lake components didn"t end "Process-Architecture-Optimization," the refresh absolutely did. Still using ns same 14nm++ process, the 9th Gen core CPUs added Core i9 branding with die 8-core/16-thread i9-9900K, along with greater boost clocks—up to 5GHz weil das the first time on in Intel CPU. Coffee Lake Refresh also adds certain hardware mitigations zum the Meltdown/Spectre vulnerabilities.

This is where Intel zu sein at today, with more 9th Gen Core modell slated to arrive soon, consisting of the zuerst ever 8-core 45W laptop parts—which are also capable von 5.0GHz turbo clocks on the top model. Again, it"s worth stating that Intel is currently ~ above it"s fifth generation von mainstream 14nm commodities (Broadwell, Skylake, Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, und CFL-R).

Intel"s upcoming and future designs: 10th Gen and beyond

Everything from this allude on is looking punkt upcoming CPUs. Plans möchte likely change, und the further along us go, ns less firm any von the data becomes. Kristall balls constantly seem kommen sie be really cloudy.

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Intel"s Gregory Bryan holding in Ice Lake chip hinweisen CES 2019, bild courtesy Intel

Ice Lake (ICL, 10nm+, 10th Gen Core, 2019/2020): After the misstep des Cannon Lake und its erste 10nm procedure technology, Intel ist pressing die reset button—that"s why it gets ns plus sign. Eis Lake wollen be volume 10nm+ production, und it wollen potentially be die successor zum Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake, und Cannon Lake. We talked briefly about some leaked data on 10th Gen CPU names, und Ice Lake is currently slated zu launch ~ above mobile platforms first, this year even. However, there"s no mention in current roadmaps of eis Lake desktop computer implementations, although previously there was talk of ice Lake zum servers.

At ns heart of eis Lake ist the neu Sunny Cove microarchitecture, v 2-core and 4-core mobile designs. That would certainly make ICL more of a true follower to the current WHL as opposed kommen sie CFL. Eis Lake will deshalb feature Gen11 graphics, and it will have a standard 64 eu design, making the Intel"s zuerst TFLOPS-class GPU. Eis Lake may so see die introduction of PCIe Gen4 support, despite that was originally listed as a server feature deshalb it may or may not make it into mobile chips.


Intel"s Comet Lake carries the 14nm torch after die Coffee Lake Refresh

Comet Lake (CML, 14nm++, 10th Gen Core, 2020): This ist a more recent addition kommen sie Intel"s customer CPU roadmap (thanks, Tom"s Hardware), and apparently we are set weil das yet one more return to Intel"s 14nm++ (or ist it 14nm+++ now? i seem to schutz lost track). This wollen represent Intel"s 5th "optimization" pass for 14nm (unless you group CFL und CFL-R under one refresh). Needless kommen sie say, that does notfall boost confidence in Intel"s 10nm rollout, as it shows up Comet Lake möchte take on the task von updating Intel"s mainstream desktop platform next year. Yikes.

Similar to ns way CFL-R added two much more cores to Coffee Lake, ns latest leaks zeigen Comet Lake prolonging Intel"s mainstream CPUs to include up kommen sie 10-core/20-thread designs. That"s likely crucial if Intel hopes zu stave turn off competition indigenous AMD"s upcoming Ryzen 3000 parts, which room slated to bring 16-core/32-thread parts to socket AM4. Also if Comet Lake improves core counts und performance zu keep pace with AMD, however, it"s arriving six months too late.

Whether Comet Lake will work bei existing LGA1151 300-series chipset motherboards or require a neu platform is not yet known. Comet Lake will also be used weil das H/U/Y-series (2/4/6-core) mobile parts.

Tiger Lake (TGL, 10nm++, 11th Gen Core?, 2020?): the follow-up to ice Lake ist Tiger Lake, which is slated zu use a dritter generation of Intel"s 10nm process. Little is known about the architecture, other than it was originally planned zu move zu Gen12 graphics. Relying on what happens v ICL, TGL might either relocate forward or get pushed backward. Intel"s foray into greater performance graphics parts in 2020 is deshalb likely kommen sie impact future GPU designs.


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Rocket Lake (RCL, 14nm++++?, 11th Gen Core?, 2021?): one more recent enhancement on particular roadmaps zu sein Rocket Lake, i beg your pardon trots the end 14nm weil das a saturday round. Yes, seven: BDW, SKL, KBL, CFL, CFL-R, CML, und now RCL. Rocket Lake doesn"t show up on plenty of roadmaps yet, and all resources seem kommen sie point rückseitig to Tweakers und a supposed slide leak via Dell. It"s top top a "commercial" roadmap deshalb it may be a business-specific implementation des Comet Lake as opposed kommen sie a new design. Ich wouldn"t placed too viel stock bei its existence just yet, as releasing a neu 14nm design in 2021 seems ludicrous. Then again, stranger jene (*cough* Cannon Lake *cough*) schutz happened.

Alder Lake (ADL, 10nm?, 12th Gen?, 2021?): We"re jetzt into die deep unknowns, and all we have right jetzt are radikale codenames. ~ Tiger Lake comes Alder Lake, according kommen sie a couple of rumors and leaks. It"s at least 2 years off, may represent a fourth iteration of 10nm, and little else is known.

Meteor Lake (MTL, 7nm, 13th Gen?, 2022?): last but notfall least, plans for Intel"s first generation 7nm teil already exist, hinweisen least bei paper und name form. The teil will be referred to as Meteor Lake und is early out in 2022. Unless jene change, i beg your pardon judging über Cannon Lake and the 10nm transition zu sein entirely possible.

Keep bei mind that while AMD (TSMC) ist already manufacturing 7nm parts, the physical characteristics des TSMC"s 7nm procedure appear kommen sie be more in line with Intel"s 10nm plans, deswegen Intel isn"t necessarily 3 years behind. Even so, it"s a huge change from the 22nm launch whereby Intel was effectively 3 years ahead des the compete on process technology.


Intel Lakefield prototype, image courtesy Intel

That"s it weil das Intel"s Lake processors—or at least, all ns major desktop und mobile variants. I"ve skipped ns low performance, low energie designs like Apollo Lake, Gemini Lak, Lakefield, Skyhawk Lake, und Elkhart Lake, as well as server-only designs. Also without those, Intel still has a complete dozen various CPU lakes for your swimming pleasure.

Perhaps even much more shocking zu sein that the majority von five Intel CPU generations room covered über a einzel process technology: 14nm. Digging into the einzelheiten on various procedure technologies ist a topic for another day, however. Maybe next week.

Intel zu sein currently banging die 10nm drum and saying we"ll seen volume shipments this year, however it appears most des those volume shipments möchte be for ultraportable laptops. That"s not necessarily a badewanne thing—more than hilfreich of all pc sales are now laptops, though the figure is obviously dominated by business users. But when it comes kommen sie PC gaming, it"s ausblüten difficult zu stomach the jump in price wie man looking at a midrange desktop PC compared to a equivalent performance laptop.

Meanwhile, AMD is making inroads ~ above Intel"s CPU supremacy und all indications are that it has actually 7nm Ryzen 3000 components ready for deployment following month. It feels like turbulent times zum Intel and its CPU roadmaps, yet even with die 10nm delays Intel is blieb hanging onto the per-core power crown. That may change bei the coming months, however, and don"t be surprised if that in turn reasons changes bei Intel"s future plans.

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Jarred doesn"t pat games, he runs benchmarks. If sie want zu know about die inner workings of CPUs, GPUs, or SSDs, he"s her man. The subsists turn off a secure diet von crunchy silicon chips and may in reality be a robot.