Back in March it turned out that Intel was prepping a new stepping of its Coffee Lake processors that was due to arrive in the second quarter. By now, all leading makers of desktop motherboards have issued BIOS updates for their platforms that enable support of Intel’s 9th Gen Core CPUs featuring a new stepping ID. The processors are reportedly due next month.

ASUSASRockBIOSTARGIGABYTE, and MSI, have now released BIOS updates for most of their Intel 300-series motherboards that enable support of Intel’s 9th Gen Core CPUs featuring the R0 stepping ID. These processors are to be released in the second quarter with some sources indicating May as their launch timeframe (something not confirmed officially).

Intel’s currently available 9th Gen Core processors use the P0 or U0 silicon, whereas the 8th Gen Core processors carry the P0 stepping ID. At this pont no-one involved has revealed the differences between the P0 and R0 dies, typically a stepping indicates a new variation in the manufacturing process or new design mask, which may help tweak some function of yield and/or power. 

What we do know from previous leaks is that Intel is prepping 32 processors that belong to its Coffee Lake Refresh family. At least some of these CPUs — for example the 35W eight-core Core i9-9900T — will carry the R0 silicon, according to GIGABYTE, which removed any mentions of CPU models featuring the R0 stepping ID from its website after it initially disclosed them.

Expanding the Coffee Lake Refresh family to 41 CPUs with energy-efficient and mainstream Core-branded CPUs, as well as reasonably priced Celeron and Pentium-branded products, will make the lineup generally more competitive. Moreover, the addition of 32 new processors may drive demand for Intel 300-series motherboards, which is why makers of mainboards are inclined to add support for CPUs featuring the R0 stepping ID as soon as possible.

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Source: ASUS, ASRock, BIOSTAR, GIGABYTE, MSI, Momomo_US/Twitter

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  • PeachNCream - Friday, April 05, 2019 - link

    Intel's CPU shortage isn't so much an increased demand issue as it is a production problem. The increased core count in Intel processors that was a response to AMD's Zen means that more wafer is needed per product sold and that means fewer products out the door as production capacity has not yet increased to cope with the shortfall.

    As for the health of the market, I'm not saying its a dead animal, but decline is something lots of companies are worried about since phones are replacing computers as the world's primary computing device. It shows in the sales numbers and will continue to do so. No, PCs won't go away entirely, but desktops in particular are the hardest hit by the transition to more mobile systems. DIY gaming boxes have held up relatively well (though not for much longer as companies try to increase per sale margins by driving up component prices without offering more than RGB LEDs as a justification) and the assortment of small form factor machines seem to be doing okay. Laptops are probably fine for a bit as well, but budget DIY desktops are basically a dead horse at this point and that rot is spreading up the pricing stack and outward to OEM built systems as well.
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  • Qasar - Saturday, April 06, 2019 - link

    maybe.. but most of the people i know.. use a desktop for games and internet more then their phones... but it could also be cause of the games they play too... none are available on a phone, and a notebook.. just wont cut it unless they spend more then a desktop would....

    as for intel and their cpu's... do they REALLY need to have a product stack of FORTY cpu's??? maybe if they would cut down on that. that would free up production to make the ones they need... either way.. looks like my next upgrade will be AMD based.... less confusing...
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  • PeachNCream - Monday, April 08, 2019 - link

    The prospect of spending more for the same or less compute power has always been one of the costs of playing games on a laptop instead of a desktop. The price buys portability so while looking at a laptop exclusively from a power-vs-price perspective makes sense in some cases, many consumers incorporate more than that single factor in their purchase. If they didn't, gaming laptops wouldn't be a thing like they are now.

    Intel's huge product stack has a lot to do with harvesting partly faulty chips at their maximum possible value so it makes a certain amount of sense. Why sell a defective i7 as a much lower priced i5 when the company can instead sell for more by inventing another i7 model? It isn't a consumer-friendly thing and I agree the practice leads to considerable confusion, but it does work for the bottom line and since Intel has to answer to investors, doing so might be worth the confusion.
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  • Qasar - Monday, April 08, 2019 - link

    we realize that.. but when you have no intent on taking your games with you, and prefer to stay home.. there is no reason to spend that extra money on portability :-) hence.. the choice of a desktop.

    i figured that.. but is intel's current process that bad, that they have to harvest that many cpus, and sell them as lower skus, or crippled skus?
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  • bobhumplick - Friday, April 05, 2019 - link

    i dont know if it will happen with this stepping but im pretty sure they will go with igpu and igpuless models for cometlake at least. and i dont mean just turning it off like they are doing now. they will either make 2 runs, one with igpu and one without, or they will make one run and add the igpu as a seperate die.

    the igpu takes up more space than 2 whole cores and most people in the enthusiast market dont even use them. the next i7 will be 8 cores and it will actually be the same size or smaller than the 8700k if its still on 14nm.

    they might do it with this stepping as well. i doubt it but its possible. they may already have enough igpu cpus stocked up to do for awhile and can just take from that pile when they need an oem chip with igpu and then take from these piles for enthusiast chips

    even if they dont do it now they will with the next line of chips. its been holding intel back for awhile now
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