Intel officially announce their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X series processors

Intel officially announce their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X series processors

Intel officially announce their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X series processors

 
While Intel never admitted this publically, they were worried about AMD’s Ryzen series CPUs, which challenged the companies market dominance and brought competition back into the desktop CPU market. 
 
Intel needed to switch up their market strategy, especially as AMD’s upcoming Ryzen-based 16-core Threadripper CPUs came to light, requiring Intel to totally rethink how they approached the high-end Desktop market.  
 
This has resulted in Intel’s new Skylake-X series of CPUs, which offers both increased clock speeds when compared to Broadwell-E and reduced pricing, making X299 a highly competitive desktop platform by comparison. Intel has also introduced new i9 series CPUs, which now offer increased thread counts to offer users up to 18 cores and 36 threads, which is almost 2x as high as Broadwell-E’s flagship 10-core 20-thread offerings. 
 
 
  Archtecture Process Cores/Threads Base Boost 2.0 Boost 3.0 PCIe lanes TDP Price
Core i9 7980XE Skylake-X 14nm 18/36 ? ? ? ? 165W? $1999
Core i9 7960X 16/32 ? ? ? ? 165W? $1699
Core i9 7940X 14/28 ? ? ? ? 165W? $1399
Core i9 7920X 12/24 ? ? ? ? 165W? $1199
Core i9 7900X 10/20 3.3GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 44 140W $999
Core i7 7820X 8/16 3.6GHz 4.3GHz 4.5GHz 28 140W $599
Core i7 7800X 6/12 3.5GHz 4.0GHz N/A 28 140W $389
Core i7 7740X Kaby Lake-X 4/8 4.3GHz 4.5GHz N/A 16 112W $339
Core i5 7640X 4/4 4.0GHz 4.2GHz N/A 16 112W $242

  

Intel has also redesigned their Turbo Boost 3.0 technology, which now allows Intel’s 8-core CPUs to boost their two best performing cores to increased clock speed turbos. previously this was restricted to a single core, but with Skylake-X two CPU cores can benefit from this boost. 

 

 

Intel officially announce their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X series processors

This will allow Intel’s Skylake-X CPUs to boost all the way to 4.5GHz on the 7900X and 7820X, which is much higher than what any Broadwell-E CPU can achieve at stock. 

Intel has also committed themselves to providing AVX-512 instruction support with Skylake-X, as well as continued support for per-core overclocking and an AVX overclocking offset. 

  
Intel officially announce their new Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X series processors  

Skylake-X is easily Intel’s best value high-end desktop platform in many generations, decreasing model pricing while also increasing clock speeds and core counts. Broadwell-E is simply terrible value by comparison, which makes it very exciting to be a consumer that is into high core/thread counts.  

 

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