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Intel is allegedly adding a new high-end processor segment for HEDT. Recent reports point towards four new Skylake-X CPUs and two KabyLake-X CPUs.
The Skylake-X series will include two product lines: the i9-7900X and the i9-7800X. The KabyLake-X series will only feature two processors: the i7-7740K and the i7-7640K. Skylake-X CPUs will have a maximum TDP of 160 while KabyLake-X will have a maximum TDP of 112W.
The top chip of the bunch is the i9-7920X with 12C/24T. It will carry 16.5MB of L3 cache, and 44 PCIe lanes. Clock speed has yet to be disclosed, but the i9-7920X, i9-7900X, and the i9-7820X will feature a third clock state called Turbo Boost 3.0, which would push the CPUs to reach even higher clocks than Turbo Boost 2.0.
|Turbo Boost 2.0
|Turbo Boost 3.0
All Skylake-X series CPUs will support quad-channel DDR4 2,666MHz memory, while the KabyLake-X CPUs only support dual channel memory. The Skylake-X CPUs are also rumored to support AVX 512. Both families of CPUs would leverage Intel’s X299 “Basin Falls” chipset.
The new CPUs, with the exception of the i9-7920X, are expected to launch in June after the PC Gaming show. The i9-7920X will be launching in August.