Intel is currently touting the power and performance capabilities of its 8th generation Core i7 processors. However, with that chipset now out in the wild, the company is already on the development journey to the 9th generation. Latest rumors suggest the next-gen Core i7 will be a beast.
Of course, that's to be expected. With increasing competition from AMD's Ryzen series, Intel needs to ensure it does more than incrementally update. Through each generation, the company need to deliver some serious performance enhancements.
Reports suggest the 9th generation Core i7 CPU will get 8-cores and 16-threads. The processor will be called the Core i7-9700K and will boost the number of cores from 6 in the 8th-gen. Intel's latest available chips deliver 40% more performance compared to 7th-gen, so expect the future silicon to deliver even more with its extra cores.
There are currently no details regarding other specifications, such as clock speeds. Wccftech.com suggests the 9th-gen Core i7 will see Intel further develop its 14nm++ process. This means it will be a Coffee Lake Refresh.
So, in terms of architecture we do not expect to see much advancement. However, those extra cores are certainly noteworthy.
Increasing Threads Across Core i5 and Core i3
The report also points to an increased number of threads. This is for the lower Core i5 and Core i3 models will double the amount of threads. So, the Core i5 will score 12 threads, while the i3 will bump to 8 threads.
It is worth noting that both models will apparently keep the same number of cores (six and quad-core respectively).
Of course, we are firmly in rumor territory at this stage, so take all this with the usual pinch of salt. That said, there is nothing here that is too explosive, so it seems likely these early reports are accurate.