Update April 10, 2017: Taiwanese web site, Benchlife, have been stirring the pot once more, suggesting Intel’s new X299 platform will arrive sooner than anticipated attributable to strain from AMD’s unannounced high-end desktop platform, X399.
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The authentic expectation was for Intel to launch the brand new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors, together with the X299 motherboard platform, in August this 12 months. Benchlife had been speculating on that which means a Gamescom launch, however I suspected an unveiling at Intel’s personal Intel Developer Forum was extra doubtless.
They at the moment are claiming the X299 platform launch could be pulled forward to June to coincide with the Computex present in Taipei as a substitute. Benchlife have reportedly had some up to date info on the manufacturing of your entire new processor and motherboard vary which places manufacturing firstly of June.
They are additionally claiming that is doubtless a response to the experiences of AMD launching their very own HEDT vary, referred to as the X399. It’s an entire 100 higher than Intel’s new platform, so I’m not shocked Intel are frightened…
Personally I nonetheless don’t reckon we’ll see Intel launching Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X at Computex in June. I’ve little question there can be a boat-load of X299 motherboards on show by all of the Taiwanese motherboard producers, however I don’t assume manufacturing beginning in June essentially equates to a full platform launch in that very same month.
It’s fairly potential manufacturing has been introduced ahead particularly so these board bods might get their mobos on show on the huge Taiwan tech present, extra for them than so Intel might get their new chips out of the door earlier to steal a march on AMD’s rumoured new platform.
But hey, I’ve been fallacious earlier than. I believed AMD meant it once they stated their AM4 platform was going to be future-proof, however with higher-end X399 boards already being rumoured it appears like the present Ryzen boards are going to be outmoded slightly shortly.
Previous replace January 24, 2017: Fresh rumours from the East are claiming Intel can be unveiling their extremely high-end X299 platform, with 10-core Skylake-X chips, in August this 12 months.The hearsay has come from Taiwanese tech web site, BenchLife, who say the top-end Intel chips could possibly be set to look at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany on the tail finish of August.
Personally I am not satisfied Intel would launch a brand new 10-core überchip at a gaming-specific present on condition that such $1,700 processors are extra geared toward content material producers than players. And there’s additionally the very fact the Intel Developer Forum is going down between August 15 and August 17 in San Francisco, which is often the occasion the place they like to point out off their most superior new CPU tech.
That’s the place my cash could be.
Still, I am with BenchLife once they say they’re anticipating some motherboard producers to be displaying X299 boards throughout Computex in Taiwan on the finish of May, starting of June.
Whether it is behind closed doorways or bold-as-brass on their Nangang stands these excitable mobo varieties can be eager to point out off probably the most superior chipset round.
Original story November 2, 2016: Intel have confirmed their subsequent era of excessive efficiency übercore CPUs can be working on the brand new X299 motherboard platform.
The announcement has come from leaked product change notification (PCN) document that has been despatched out to Intel’s companions. The doc incorporates particulars of a change to the transportation of the platform controller hubs (PCH) for numerous chipsets. The upcoming 200-series Kaby Lake chipsets are all fairly well-known, however there are two information ones which have cropped up – C422 and the X299.
C422 is more likely to be for server and enterprise goodness, however the X299 chipset needs to be for the upcoming Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processor ranges.
As we have beforehand talked about Intel are bringing each the high-end Skylake and Kaby Lake generations of chips to fruition on the similar time, which means that each mainstream and high-end processor traces are going to be utilizing the identical CPU expertise era for the primary time. Well, for a short while till Cannonlake ideas up on the finish of subsequent 12 months…
The high-end variations of Intel’s Skylake and Kaby Lake chips are set to reach hand-in-hand in late 2017, however with an entire new naming conference. And that’s not even the weirdest bit.
As if it wasn’t already complicated sufficient, Intel need to make their processor lineups much more baffling subsequent 12 months, so says a report from Benchlife. Right now Intel’s most superior CPU structure will not be the design they use to create their strongest desktop components – the high-end Broadwell-E processors are literally an architectural era behind their extra mainstream Skylake siblings.
So we’re nonetheless ready for Skylake-E to look, change the present Broadwell-E components and provides our high-end desktops a lift. Except it’s rumoured to not be arriving till effectively into 2017 now, and won’t truly be referred to as Skylake-E. According to the Benchlife report Intel are ditching their outdated high-end nomenclature, as a substitute introducing Broadwell-E’s 14nm successor as Skylake-X.
We’ve gone from Extreme to eXtreme then. Great. Edgy.
And with Skylake-X not scheduled to land till 2017 we’ll have already got the upcoming Kaby Lake CPU refresh – the mainstream desktop successor to Skylake due this 12 months – processing away in our rigs. That will depart Intel’s strongest shopper chip, the $1,700, ten-core/twenty-thread, Broadwell-E Core i7-6950X, two generations behind for practically a full 12 months.
So far, so complicated. But wait, it will get higher. Or worse, relying on whether or not you discover Intel’s basic advertising and marketing obfuscation hilariously backward or simply bafflingly obscure.
Skylake-X is reportedly not going to look on its lonesome on the tail-end of 2017. Intel are apparently trying to degree up the architectural disparity by releasing Kaby Lake-X on the similar time. Both new processor households are attributable to function on a brand new high-end desktop platform referred to as Basin Falls, with a brand new LGA 2066 socket, which would be the platform for his or her prime chips all the best way to the 10nm Cannonlake-X course of shrink.
But why launch each Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips on the similar time? On the mainstream desktop Kaby Lake goes to be just like the Devil’s Canyon refresh we noticed with the Core i7-4790Ok, a slight architectural tweak making the most of a mature manufacturing course of to spice up clockspeeds. With Kaby Lake-X although it’s set to be an entire totally different ball-game.
Skylake-X would be the direct successor to the present Broadwell-E vary, and can home chips with six, eight and ten HyperThreaded cores, a TDP of 140W and quad-channel DDR4 help. The full high-end enchilada. The concurrent Kaby Lake-X vary although can be restricted to 4 HyperThreaded cores, a TDP of 112W and solely function with dual-channel DDR4 reminiscence help. In different phrases, precisely what the usual Kaby Lake vary is supposed to convey to the mainstream.
So if you wish to have an costly high-end motherboard paired up with a processor which nearly solely fails to make the most of the platform’s main advantages then the Kaby Lake-X vary seems prefer it’s going to be for you. You freak.
As with any trade hearsay report, my sodium ranges are rising an increasing number of as I write this, however we’ve seen Intel do some loopy issues so I wouldn’t put it previous them…