Intel Skylake-X, Kaby lake-X are the upcoming CPUs from Intel and they will be compatible with the upcoming X299 chipset that we will see in the upcoming weeks. These upcoming CPUs will feature quad-channel memory support. The number of DIMMs per channel is limited to one. As of right now, the Intel Skylake-X chips that we know of are the 7920X, 7900X, 7820X and 7800X.
Talking about the Intel Kaby Lake-X series of CPUs, these will be the mid-range series CPUs and will feature fewer cores as compared to Skylake-X. 7740X and 7640X are the two Kaby Lake-X models that we know of at the moment. Skylake-X CPUs will feature 10/8/6 cores. We are expecting Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs to come out around Computex 2017.
Coffee Lake S CPUs will be coming out in the third quarter of this year and will be available in 2/4/6 core variants. CoffeeLake-S will be compatible with Z370 motherboards. This will be the mainstream series of CPUs that will appeal to the budget gamer, provided that the mainstream gamer is interested in upgrading anytime soon.
In the past we have seen only minor updates year after year and upgrading year after year does not seem like the best option and people are hesitant to do so. I for one am interested in seeing some major changes when it comes to Coffee Lake S CPUs and I am sure that there are other people like me that are fed up with they way Intel is treating people.
Upcoming CPU architectures include Gemini Lake as well as Apollo Lake but there is nothing that we know about these upcoming architectures at the moment. Intel is also working on making an integrated water cooler for CPU overclockers and this is something that will be very interesting to see.
Let us know what you think about Intel Skylake-X and Kaby lake-X and whether or not you consider these a significant upgrade.