It looks like previous rumours regarding Intel’s Coffee Lake CPUs being hampered with low stock availability wasn’t entirely true after all. Reports are now saying that Intel is planning to introduce additional facilities to increase the production of its recently released Coffee Lake lineup of processors. Four processors will be affected by Intel’s newest production efforts: Core i5-8400, Core i5-8600K, Core i7-8700, and Core i7-8700K.
Intel’s new facility to boost its production of Coffee Lake processors is located at Chengdu, China. This fab, according to sources, have been certified under Intel’s Copy Exactly! program. When Intel’s new facility in China is fully running, consumers can expect more Intel Coffee Lake processors to be made available in the market. In addition, prices of these CPUs may also be affected, but may not be very significant.
For those who are not aware, Intel mainly uses its assembly plant in Malaysia (Penang) for its processors. That aside, reports suggest that Intel’s China fab will be operational starting from 15 December 2017. Knowing this, consumers can expect Coffee Lake processor outputs to improve by early 2018. Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see whether Intel will also use this facility to produce new processors which will compete against AMD’s offerings next year.