Heads up: there's some new silicon on the way very soon. From Intel, to be exact. And if you're wondering roughly how far ahead it'll be of the last generation, the first benchmarks have appeared online.
The figures come courtesy of tech blogger Karl Morin, who happened to come across a HP Omen PC with the unreleased i7-8700K CPU at a tech event in Germany. For reference, the 8700K is part of Intel's upcoming Coffee Lake line, and sports 6 core/12 threads with a base clock speed of 3.7GHz.
There wasn't a nearby monitor around to test, so Morin grabbed one and fired up the multi-threaded test of Cinebench R15.
1230 isn't bad. It's higher than the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU according to the screenshot above, although my tests with the Ryzen 1600X at launch found that it was basically on par with that.
That's a good thing! The key will be seeing how much higher users can push the CPU. Ryzen CPU's don't have a great deal of headroom, and games often get more mileage out of higher clock speeds than an extra two or four cores.
For good measure, Morin also fired up Cinebench's single core test:
And some tests in CPU-Z:
Not too shabby. CPUs aren't expected out until at least the second week of October, but we'll keep you posted as to precisely what's launching, when it's available, and for how much.