Intel Rumored to Debut Basin Falls Platform in May, Launch Coffee Lake Chips in August

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Intel plans to move up the launch of its 14-nanometer Coffee Lake processors, introducing them in August of 2017 instead of January 2018. According to DigiTimes, the launch is being moved up because of "increasing competition from AMD's Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 processors."

    The site says Intel will release several K-series Core i3, i5, and i7 processors starting in August, along with its Z370 chipsets. Additional CPUs will come at the end of 2017 or early in 2018.

    Intel also plans to unveil its Basin Falls platform, with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which takes place from May 30 to June 3, which is two months earlier than originally scheduled.


    Intel's Skylake-X series features 140W processors with 6, 8, and 10-core architectures, while Kaby Lake X-series features a 112W quad-core processor. Intel also plans to release a 12-core Skylake-X processor in August. Intel's Basin Falls platform could potentially be used in future Mac Pro machines and the rumored high-end server-grade iMac.

    Coffee Lake chips appropriate for Apple machines were originally set to launch somewhere around the second quarter of 2018, so if rumors of Intel's updated timeline are true, the launch could be moved forward to either late 2017 or early in 2018.

    Coffee Lake chips are manufactured on Intel's 14-nanometer process and will be the fourth processor family to use the architecture after Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake.

    Apple is rumored to have new machines in the works for 2017, including new iMacs, which are likely to use Kaby Lake chips.

    Article Link: Intel Rumored to Debut Basin Falls Platform in May, Launch Coffee Lake Chips in August
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    Hopefully we see them in the new iMac.

    I don't think they would want to experience another 'last gen processor' backlash - and with the MBP the processors weren't even out yet!
  3. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
  4. imran5720 macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2013
  5. JMacHack macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2017
    What's so great about Basin Falls or Coffee Lake? Honest question.
  6. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    My use cases don't get a whole lot out of massively multicore processors. I primarily just want updates to my Mac Pro to give it Thunderbolt3 and USB3.1 and a modern GPU, the various technology updates that have taken place since 2013.
  7. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Where do they get these names from? Kaby, Broadwell, Coffee?
  8. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Even the non-X versions are supposed to feature a six core i7, right? Thought I read that somewhere. Would love to get a six-core iMac and a decent GPU from Nvidia and 32GB RAM for under $3500 in early 2018. Please?
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    I think they are the names of locations around where Intel makes the chips, like mountains and stuff.
  9. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    Apple should try their hand at AMD Ryzen CPU's.... much better performance and value.
  10. Olz macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2017
    Sounds like Intel will be struggling with the 10nm process for a while yet...
  11. glindon macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2014
    Nothing really. Small gains. Nothing special. Got to wait until Cannon Lake on 10mn for anything appreciable--such as LPDDR4 to enable 32gb in MacBook Pro.
  12. maxolson macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2015
    Won't happen. New iMacs are out late this year (theoretically) and Apple never puts brand new chips in their machines.
  13. lincolntran macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2010
  14. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    New iMac was rumored to start production next month. Highly unlikely that we'll see anything other than Kabylake.
  15. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Man... who comes up with these names??

    I love the projected performances though.
  16. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    It's all about timing, the chips being issue free, and if Intel can manufacture them in the quantities Apple requires.
  17. ksz macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Sarcasm aside, the current semiconductor forecast stops at 3nm for conventional CMOS fabrication.
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Agreed. I think KabyLake would be the first over any other future iterations, which knows how far those are out.
  19. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I still believe Apple will talk about the "Modular Mac Pro" at WWDC and this info helps substantiate my view.
  20. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Mac mini, please!

    Gains from going 4th gen to 8th gen would be significant.
  21. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    A cynical person would suggest that Apple's neglect of the mac since 2013 makes that more possible than it otherwise might have been.
  22. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    They are definitely coming this year and that has happened in the past. Also... August is this year.
  23. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Intel are upping their game because of competition from AMD.

    Apple should be upping their game because of competition from Microsoft. We will find out later this year how much they are.

    iOS has competition from Android. iOS has an advantage because of developers that use Macs.

    iOS needs macOS. macOS currently needs Intel. Stong competition across the board means this could be the first time for a few years we see Apple pushing itself. Customers gain if others are strong, even if they don't use the other products themselves.
  24. mi7chy, Apr 20, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017

    mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Intel have gotten fat and lazy like Apple. Intel not only needs better architecture but also better fab process. AMD is using Samsung/GloFo fab that's already shipping 10nm. My experience with Skylake and Kaby Lake have been lackluster and would rather see 10nm AMD Zen in the next products I buy.
  25. JaySoul macrumors 68030


    Jan 30, 2008
    I know a lot about AMD (investor) and trust me, they are on the rise. Their new management is making sensible decisions, and they are doing things the right way, in order to provide real service and value to customers.

    A few years back, I thought AMD were a joke... but now NVIDIA and AMD are blazing a trail.

    Intel needs to step up.

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