Rumor: Intel to Launch High-End X299 HEDT Platform in June
Details of the upcoming X299 platform by Intel with the codename Basin Falls has been published. Earlier rumors mentioned that the platform for the successors to Skylake-X and Kaby-Lake-X processor would release in August, but apparently, Intel has shifted the release a bit earlier to June.
Intel wouldn’t announce the Intel Basin Falls-X platform at Gamescom in August as originally planned, but the date would now be near the Computex convention around the end of May and the beginning of June. That information was published by Benchlife and was based on a reliable source, which has proven to be very accurate with Intel rumors in the past.
At the moment it is unclear why Intel has decided to release the X299 platform earlier than originally planned, although Intel might be feeling the competition from AMD’s released Ryzen 7 CPU’s and the apparent arrival of AMD’s new X399 platform.
The X399 platform by AMD also is a High-End Desktop (HEDT) platform to compete with Intel’s more expensive chips. The X299 platform by Intel will be compatible with Kaby Lake X and Skylake X processors. Three processors, one with ten, eight and six cores, will be based on the Skylake architecture while one quad-core CPU will be based on Kaby Lake and have a TDP of 112W. The chips will be given Core i7 7000 names and will use the LGA 2066 socket, which will also be referred to as Socket R4.
The X299 Platform will support 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes in combination with Skylake, while there will be 16 available lanes with Kaby Lake. There will also be support for quad-channel DDR4 with Skylake-X, while Kaby Lake uses dual channel memory.
Keep in mind to take this information with a grain of salt, as Intel hasn’t officially announced anything yet regarding their plans for their high-end desktop platform.