The release of Intel’s Coffee Lake generation to the targeted mainstream segment was delayed from the original release date in late 2017 to February 2018, but apart from that the release of a Kaby Lake Refresh is expected later this year. To compete with AMD’s Ryzen series at the mainstream market Intel diverges from its present strategy and offers with the Coffe Lake generation for the first time more than four cores. The new CPUs of the S-version will have 6 cores, 12 threads in the i7 version and 4 cores, 8 threads in the i5 version, although many users will be annoyed because the new CPUs won’t presumably be compatible with the current LGA 1151 socket, since a new socket LGA 1151 v2 will be needed to use these CPUs. In benchmarks by Intel one of the Kaby Lake Refresh CPUs doubled the expected performance improvements of 15% and offered up to 30% more performance than the forgoing Kaby Lake generation CPU. It is important to take in mind, that these improvements are only results of a benchmark done by Intel, so we have to wait until the release to see further test results. Nonetheless a reason for the performance improvements of the Kaby Lake Refresh series could be the new 14++ manufacturing technique.