Intel’s HEDT Core i7-7000 Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X Details Leaked
From what we’ve heard, you may be hearing the launch of the high-end Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X desktop-class processors from Intel in the second half of this year, most likely August. The processors will feature better clock speeds and at the same time, lower power consumption compared to the original variants.
Announced at Gamescom
Gamescom is set to take place in Cologne, Germany, and all eyes will look to the unveiling of their newest processors, the Kaby Lake-X and the Skylake-X. At launch, the announcement should include four SKUs, and while they all use the 14nm process node, the former variety has some process optimizations which might give a slight advantage in that respect. The processors will be calling the x299 platform their home and Intel will now look to the LGA 2066 as the socket of choice to support their newest chipset. This latest socket features 2066 pins, a 55-pin increase from the previous version and it should last two generations of processors at the very least.
The Skylake-X can support up DDR4-2667 MHz, quad channel memory while the Kaby Lake-X will only support dual channel RAM, but will be able to support the same native speeds as the Skylake-X. The leak also mentions Intel has tweaked their caching systems to be more balanced which will improve performance.
The processors will be launched as four products, a ten core, eight core, six core, and a four core version. The ten, eight, and six core versions are based on the Skylake architecture, while the four core will be built on the architecture of the Kaby Lake processor. To make distinguishing the processors easier, all of them will be sold under the Core i7-7000 banner.
The X model will compete against AMDs Ryzen CPUs, a strong contender for many enthusiasts’ money, which may go on sale sometime in Q1. It’s also important to note Intel is planning on launching their next X- series offering, the Coffee Lake-X, in late 2018. Intel also plans on taking their X299 products to Computex in June 2017 to showcase.
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