Intel X299 Chipset Will Power Skylake-X And Kaby Lake-X Processors
It has been confirmed that the next generation Intel X299 chipset will be the one powering the Skylake-X And Kaby Lake-X processors. Intel introduced the X99 chipset platform back in 2014, that was 2 years ago but now we are going to get an update in the shape of the Intel X299 chipset. The Intel X299 chipset will not only be replacing the previous X99 chipset but a new socket will also come with it. Previously we had the LGA 2011-3 socket now we will be getting the LGA 2066.
As the name implies the LGA 2066 socket will have 2066 pins. This is a 55 pin increase as compared to the previous socket that we had. This is because Skylake is architecturally different than Haswell and Broadwell, hence the shift being made.
The LGA 2066 socket will cover three generations at least, namely; Skylake, Kaby Lake, and Cannonlake. Intell will change the socket with the release of the Ice Lake architecture. Ice Lake-based processors will be coming out around 2020, so that is a long time coming.
The Intel Skylake-X is the new name given to the Skylake-E family of CPU. This will be aimed at enthusiast PC builders and will be coming out in the second half of 2017. Kaby Lake-X processors will also be coming out but these will be limited to quad cores. The Kaby Lake-X processors will feature an 112W TDP and will be based on the 14nm node.
You can expect higher clock speeds as compared to the quad core models that we have right now but you will have to pay a lot of money of for this extra performance.
Kaby Lake-X processors will be better optimized and fine-tuned as compared to the Intel Skylake-X CPU so you can expect more efficiency from them.
What do you think about the Intel X299 chipset coming out soon?