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Intel said to be readying Core i9 CPUs with 6, 8, 10 and 12 cores

by Mark Tyson on 15 May 2017, 10:01

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Over the weekend the Anandtech forums have been throbbing with chat over the spilling of leaked information regarding upcoming LGA 2066 Intel CPUs. A user there has published what is claimed to be a photo of an internal Intel PowerPoint document tabulating the specifications of a quartet of new Skylake-X processors, and a duo of Kaby Lake-X processors. Interestingly the Skylake-X CPUs are said to be the first ever 'Core i9 processors' and there are SKUs with six, eight, 10 and 12 cores - plus Hyperthreading of course.

Without further ado, let's tabulate the 'leaked' specifications as provided by the forum user:

 

Architecture

C/T

Base Clock

Boost Clock

L3 Cache

PCIe lanes

TDP

Core i9-7920X

Skylake-X

12 / 24

Unknown

Unknown

16.5MB

44

140W

Core i9-7900X

Skylake-X

10 / 20

3.3GHz

4.3GHz (Turbo 2.0)
4.5GHz (Turbo 3.0)

13.75MB

44

140W

Core i9-7820X

Skylake-X

8 / 16

3.6GHz

4.3GHz (Turbo 2.0)
4.5GHz (Turbo 3.0)

11MB

28

140W

Core i9-7800X

Skylake-X

6 / 12

3.5GHz

4.0GHz

8.25MB

28

140W

Core i7-7740K

Kaby Lake-X

4 / 8

4.3GHz

4.5GHz

8MB

16

112W

Core i7-7640K

Kaby Lake-X

4 / 4

4.0GHz

4.2GHz

6MB

16

112W

 

To the above unconfirmed info there are some things to add. The source says that all the Core i9 chips feature Hyperthreading, and 1MB of dedicated L2 cache, noted to be "4x as much as Core i7-7700K". L3 cache amounts are tabulated above. Interestingly the lowest end Kaby Lake-X processor doesn't seem to support Hyperthreading. Another difference between the processor ranges is that Kaby Lake-X supports Dual DDR4-2666 but Skylake-X supports Quad DDR4-2666.

If the PowerPoint presentation is genuine we should expect some kind of launch event in June 2017, as you can read in the heading of the photo. The source indeed asserts that all the tabulated processors will be launched in June, except the top end 12c/24T Core i9-7920X which arrives in August.

These "high end gaming" processors look just the ticket for Intel to square off against AMD's recently launched high core/thread count Ryzen 7 chips. Of course AMD isn't sitting still and will be outlining its own HEDT processors shortly. AMD has confirmed that it is holding a press conference at Computex on 31st May. Intel's close rival hinted heavily at HEDT Ryzen processor launches.

Lastly please remember to add a hearty dose of salt to the above information from unconfirmed sources.



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Those low end chips look a bit feeble compared to Ryzen. This is Intel's high end platform, I woldn't pay that premium for 16 PCIe lanes, and a CPU with 4 cores 4 threads and only dual channel RAM. It's only the top two CPUs that look interesting and going by intel's recent pricing strategies they'll weigh in around the £800-1k+ mark, nevermind the likely Mobo cost.
its not april again is it?
i dread to think of the price!
TDP is too high… I will stick to Ryzen.
So intel are basically a rebranding the current 2011-3 i7's class cpus to i9 when they get refreshed with skylake. Not exactly a bad thing to stop the potential confusion.

While I like the idea of the 12/24 thread chip I can't see that being cheap, I'd guess that's going to be £2000 or even more when it's released.

While my personal direction would likely be multiple ryzen machines I now need to consider the software I use as it's currently going through changes to the way they charge users (extra licensing needed for network rendering etc) so one machine with more cores could potentially be cheaper overall for me….. now where's rizens desktop competitor to that 12/24 :)
ik9000
It's only the top two CPUs that look interesting and going by intel's recent pricing strategies they'll weigh in around the £800-1k+ mark, nevermind the likely Mobo cost.

LSG501
While I like the idea of the 12/24 thread chip I can't see that being cheap, I'd guess that's going to be £2000 or even more when it's released.

Well, the current Broadwell-E 6950X is $1,700. That's the 10C/20T and the current top HEDT chip but the previous top HEDT chip was the Haswell-E i7-5960X which was only $999 like most previous Intel ‘Extreme’ processors. Now before Ryzen, Intel might have been tempted to add another price category above that for the 12C/24T but now I would expect a max of $1,700.


LSG501
While my personal direction would likely be multiple ryzen machines I now need to consider the software I use as it's currently going through changes to the way they charge users (extra licensing needed for network rendering etc) so one machine with more cores could potentially be cheaper overall for me….. now where's rizens desktop competitor to that 12/24 :)

Well, AMD's workstation chips are rumoured to launch soon too. Codename ‘Threadripper’ with max 16C/32T (for now, the latest rumours point to X399 being socket compatible with Naples so higher counts might be possible at some stage). Plenty of rumours on our Zen chitchat thread:
http://forums.hexus.net/cpus/371038-amd-zen-chitchat.html
And over on the OCUK and Anandtech forums.