Intel Skylake-X And Kaby Lake-X CPUs Expected In Q3-Q4 2017
Intel is expected to launch their high end processors, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X, in Q3-Q4 2017. Both the processors will be using Intel’s LGA 2066 socket, support for more PCIe lanes and 4-10 core CPU models.
Initially it was expected that both members of Intel’s enthusiast grade family will be released in the second quarter of 2017 but this new information from Benchlife seems to point during the third and fourth quarter. Both CPU families will however be released at the same time.
Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X will both be based on the 14nm processing node however Kaby is expected to feature a more optimized design.
Even though they are part of different families, both X series processors will be powered by Kaby Lake Platform Control Hub.
Skylake-X series will feature 6-core, 8-core and 10 core SKUs with TDPs around 140w and 44 PCIe Gen3.0 lanes. Kaby Lake-X will be getting 4-core chips which means only Core i7 and Core i5 models, targeted towards people on a tighter budget compared to those with Skylake-X.
With a TDP of 112W Kaby Lake-X CPUs are expected to have higher clock speeds than their desktop LGA 1150 counterparts and may potentially have more overclocking headroom. This CPU will, judging by its core count, be the entry level CPU for the LGA 2066 platform, giving its users the opportunity to upgrade to a CPU with more cores and PCIe lanes at a later date.
Due to both processors being on LGA 2066 socket, current CPUs with LGA 1150 socket/pins will not be compatible with the new Kaby Lake Platform. Some other details about the platform includes quad channel memory support on Skylake-X and dual channel memory support on Kaby Lake-X processors. Speeds as high as 2667 MHz for DDR4 memory are supported by these chips.
For comparison, previous enthusiast grade chips, Kaby Lake-S and Broadwell-E had support up to 2400MHz.