The internet is whipping out some Core-i9 tales

Posted May 17, 2017

AnandTech reported that Intel's plans on the new lineup of desktop CPUs were leaked by an employee or partner who apparently took a photo of a PowerPoint presentation with the complete upcoming lineup.

With the arrivals, first of the AMZ Ryzen and now of Intel's core i9 it is to be expected that the future desktop PC's will have a very fast processing speed. This could be the company's response after the highly affordable Ryzen processors started nearly breaking the market with its high performance and nearly unbeatable prices. Although there is no news about the pricing of these chipsets, Intel is expected to keep the prices competitive considering the stiff competition from Ryzen. The products can be made available by the end of June.

A new lineup of desktop CPUs equipped with an innovative high-end Core i9 processors with 12 cores could soon be unveiled by Intel.

Then, finally, we have the Kaby Lake-X parts, which appear to be the same as the Kaby Lake-S parts that launched back in January of this year but are created to work with the X299 platform.

Let's start from the bottom up.

All the Core i9 Skylake-X and Core i7 Kaby Lake-X CPUs will run on Intel's upcoming X99/LGA2066 platform.

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The i9-7920X will come next with 16.5Mb of onboard L3 cache and supporting 44 PCIe lanes.

The new Core i9 chips all feature hyperthreading, and offer 1Mb of dedicated L2 cache, which is four times that on the Core i7-7700K.

Core i7-7740K: 4 cores, 8 threads, 4.3GHz base, 4.5GHz Turbo, no Turbo Boost 3.0, 8MB L3, 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0. Sure, I could scamper over to an X99 configuration, but at this point it makes more sense to see what Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X bring to the table. Some leaks say they could go up to 160W, which is a bit worrisome without some serious cooling mechanism. It will include 13.75MB of L3 cache memory and 44 PCI Express lanes.

The number of PCIe lanes in the eight-core Core i9-7820X and six-core Core i9-7800X is reduced to 28, and the boost clock speed of the latter to 4GHz. These new chips slash that ratio to 1.375MB per core. Its clock starts ticking at 4.3 GHz and it stops at 4.5 GHz after overclock. Base clock on this CPU is 3.3 GHz and it supports Turbo 2.0 and Turbo 3.0, taking performance to a maximum 4.5 GHz. A Core i3 processor represented the "good", a Core i5 processor represented the "better", and a Core i7 was the creme de la creme, representing the best consumer-grade processors that money could buy.

Intel is also being aggressive with the frequencies of the lower-end parts relative to their Broadwell-E counterparts.

Finally, it's not clear why Intel would even bother releasing Core i7 CPUs with these specs.