Intel is allegedly a little bit spooked by the impact of AMD Ryzen, stepping up plans to include six-core versions of its next generation Coffee Lake architecture. While Intel already has plenty of 6+ core CPUs, these will be the first base Core i5 and Core i7’s to stretch beyond quad-core.

The leaked lineup includes a pair of 8th Gen Intel Core i5’s and another pair of Intel Core i7’s. All four CPUs will allegedly be hexa-core.

Down at the bottom end is the Intel Core i5-8400, with six cores, six threads, a 2.8Ghz base clock speed, 9MB L3 cache and just 65W TDP. A step up from this is the Intel Core i5-8600K, with six cores and six threads, but this time with a 3.6GHz clock speed, 9MB L3 cache and 95W TDP. On paper, these could represent some decent processors, and they’ll surely be the cheapest a 6-core Intel processor has ever been. The downside to these is the lack of multithreading support, coming up short against the likes the AMD Ryzen 1600.

As for the higher end parts, both Intel Core i7-8700 and Intel Core i7-8700K CPUs are reported as being hexa-core. Both of these processors will actually exist, we don’t need insider info to know that, but they should both comfortably outstrip Core i7 7th generation performance.

At the lower end, we have the 6-core, 8-thread Intel Core i7-8700, with a 3.2GHz base clock speed, 12MB L3 cache and 95W TDP. Meanwhile, sitting on top of the heap is the Intel Core i7-8700K, complete with an unlocked multiplier for overclocking. It too has 6 cores and 12 threads, but with a 3.7GHz base clock speed, 12MB L3 cache and 95W TDP.

All four of these rumoured Intel CPUs will be using the same LGA1151 socket supported by Kaby Lake and Skylake.

  Cores Threads Clock Speed L3 Cache Unlocked Multiplier TDP Socket
Intel Core i7-8700K 6 12 3.7GHz 12MB Yes 95W LGA 1151
Intel Core i7-8700 6 12 3.2GHz 12MB No 95W LGA 1151
Intel Core i5-8600K 6 6 3.6GHz 9MB Yes 95W LGA 1151
Intel Core i5-8400 6 6 2.8GHz 9MB No 65W LGA 1151

If this report from CPCHardware is true then this is a clear indicator of Intel ramping up its game to compete with AMD Ryzen. It would mean the weakest Core i5 would carry a six-core CPU, a sizeable step up. It also indicates we can probably expect quad-core Intel Core i3's to move in and fill the gap shortly after.

As it stands, Intel is rumoured to be launching Coffee Lake within the next few months, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.