Intel’s HEDT Core i7-7000 Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X Details Leaked; New Processors To Be Unveiled In August?
Gamescom 2017 is to take place in Cologne, Germany and therein reportedly will be unveiled the newest processors, the Kaby Lake-X and the Skylake-X. The lineup will include at least four products and all will utilize the 14nm process node. The Kaby Lake-X chips may have a slight edge over the other owing to the process optimizations that would result in better clock speeds with reduced power consumption, that would also render it more efficient.
The four SKUs will include a 10 core, 8 core, 6 core and 4 core model. The 10, 8 and 6 core models will be based on Skylake architecture. The 4 core model will be based on the Kaby Lake architecture which werelaunched on mainstream platforms. Skylake-X and the Kaby Lake-X chips will feature a TDP of 140W and 112W, respectively. All chips will be marketed as the Core i7-7000 series processors.
These variants will be coming out for the X299 platform and will be based on the 14nm process. Intel's new X299 chipset will be the latest PCH to support the aficionado processors. The X299 platform will be positioned around the LGA 2066 socket which will be well-matched with at least two generations of processors.
In specs, the X299 chipset offers up to 24 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes. The chip also offers up to quad channel memory with speeds up to DDR4-2667 MHz. Kaby Lake-X series processors will only provide dual channel RAM but will stick to the natural speeds of 2667 MHz.
Apparently not all variants will be X-series, some of the SKUs will instead be K-series. The Skylake-X can support DDR4-2667 MHz quad channel memory while the Kaby Lake-X will only support dual channel RAM, but both will be able to support the same native speeds. Sources also opined that Intel has improved the cache system for better performance.