Intel Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X Coming August 2017, X299 Platform
Intel is planning to release the high-end Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips and word has it that these chips will be coming out after Gamescom 2017. We will be looking at 4 variants, at the very least.
These variants will be coming out for the X299 platform and will be based on the 14nm process. Talking about Kaby Lake-X, I think it will be safe to say that keeping in mind the optimization we will be able to see higher clock speeds and lower power consumption as well.
The Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips will be coming out in 10-core, 8-core, 6-core and 4-core versions. The first 3 will feature the Skylake architecture while the 4-core versions will have the Kaby Lake architecture. Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips will have a TDP of 140W and 112W respectively.
One thing that should also be mentioned here is that not all variants will be X-series, there will be some SKUs that will be K-series instead but as of right now it is hard to say which is going to be which. Sources also point towards the fact that Intel has also improved the cache system for better performance.
Intel X299 Platform Will Be Compatible With Intel Kaby Lake-X and Intel Skylake-X Processors
Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips will work on the X299 platform and the platform will also support up to 24 PCIe Gen 3.0 lanes. Hence the enthusiast-grade-ness. Users will also have quad channel memory support with up to DDR4-2667 MHz. Kaby Lake-X chips will only be supporting dual channel memory but you will still be getting the same speeds. So you are getting something, that is better than nothing at all.
New processors might take on Ryzen, though we still have a lot to learn about the AMD chip. It will be interesting to see what Intel has to offer. What do you think about Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips?