Sunday January 22, 2017

Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X Processors Launching In August 2017

Coinciding with the world’s largest gaming conference, Intel will be releasing its latest high-end desktop assortment for their new Basin Falls X-Series platform later this year. The chips, all of which will be labeled as Core i7-7000s, include 4-core models, utilizing Kaby Lake architecture, all the way up to 10-core models, which will be Skylake-based. However, there is a suggestion that these are actually "K" chips and not "X" chips, which means there won’t be an Extreme Edition at launch.

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The Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors will launch at Gamescom 2017, which will take place in Cologne, Germany. The launch lineup will include at least four SKUs that will make their way to the X299 platform. All processors will utilize the 14nm process node; however, the Kaby Lake-X chips may have a slight edge due to the process optimizations. This would result in better clock speed with reduce power consumption, adding to the efficiency. 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 launched on mainstream platforms earlier this month. All Skylake-X chips will feature a rated TDP of 140W, while the Kaby Lake-X chip will feature a TDP of 112W. All chips will be marketed as the Core i7-7000 series processors.