Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake architecture, which is now all but confirmed
to have been pulled forward by the company in an attempt to staunch the bleeding incurred from AMD's recently launched, table-turning Ryzen processors, has reared its head in SiSoftware. In some benchmarks, what is identified as a 6-core, 6-thread CPU from Intel surface, with a clockspeed @ 3.5 GHz, 1.5 MB L2 cache (256 Kb per core) and 9 MB L3 cache. This L3 cache is quite puzzling, considering how Intel's Kaby Lake architecture features 2 MB of L3 cache per core. If Coffee Lake were to keep most of Kaby Lake's design - which it will - then this chip should feature something along the lines of 12 MB L3 cache. The reduced amount of cache seems to scream at a disabled chip, but this could also be a case of a reporting error.
The fact that this chip only presents six threads is probably indicative of a Core i5 processor with 6 physical cores, if Intel's past line-ups are anything to go by (with its i7 line being separated form the i5 by, at the very least, the inclusion of Hyper Threading.) If true, this really is to be Intel's first mainstream-segment 6-core chip (while AMD now offers us 6 cores and 12 threads in the same price bracket, at least. And logical extrapolation tells us that Intel is likely to launch a 6-core, 12-thread processor to its Core i7 line of Coffee Lake CPUs as well. This is quite interesting, since it remains to be seen whether the i7 line can now support 4-core, 8-thread design processors that compete against 6-core i5's. This could present a tectonic shift within Intel's Line-up, with 4-core, eight-thread and 6-core CPUs now encompassing the bulk of its i5 line, and six-core, 12-thread CPUs taking the top spot on its i7 line. But this is all speculation, at this point - luckily, we won't have to wait very long for more information on these parts.