It looks like Intel is indeed prioritising core-counts for its future processors. This year, Intel is expected to unveil its Coffee Lake processors that will feature 6 CPU cores and 12 threads. Interestingly, a representative from Eurocom have “accidentally” confirmed that Intel is planning to unveil processors with even higher core-counts (8 cores / 16 threads) next year.
According to the Eurocom rep, Intel’s 8-core / 16 threads processors will be paired with upcoming Z390 motherboards. We wrote an article regarding the Z390 chipset recently, read more about it here. That aside, based on the earlier leaked Intel chipset roadmap, it seems likely that manufacturers will be debuting their Z390 motherboards in the second half of 2018.
This detail is confirmed by the the aforementioned Eurocom representative who stated that “Z390 chipset supporting 8C/16T CPUs coming in H2/18.” Knowing this, we should expect Intel’s upcoming processors to be unveiled at the same time as well. This is because, Intel usually announces its new lineup of processors before compatible motherboards are debuted.
Those aside, it’ll be interesting to see how Intel’s upcoming lineup of high core-count processors will compete against AMD’s existing offerings – and against new Ryzen processors that the red company will introduce next year too. Regardless, do take this one with a grain of salt; at least until Intel makes an official announcement.