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Intel to unveil Skylake-X, Kaby Lake-X at Gamescom 2017

Intel is expected to announce its new Skylake-X enthusiast refresh at Gamescom in August 2017

By: Derek Strickland from Dec 12, 2016 @ 16:11 CST

Intel's high-end next-generation enthusiast Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs are expected for a reveal in Q3 2017, with Digitimes reporting Intel will showcase the new chips at Gamescom 2017 in Germany.


Both Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X extreme CPUs will be a 14nm refresh of the current Broadwell-E series built on the new X299 chipset, with the new enthusiast line being called Basin Falls. Skylake-X is expected to come in 6, 8 and 10-core variants possibly with up to 4.3GHz and 20-threads, Turbo Boost 3.0 support, 140W TDP, and 13.75MB L3 cache.

Kaby Lake-X is expected to come in only 4-core variants with 8MB CPU L3 cache, 112W TDP, and only Turbo Boost 2.0 support.


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As Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X chips will use a new LGA2066 socket with 2066 pins, enthusiasts will be forced to buy new motherboards to use the CPUs.

Gamescom will be held on August 26, 2017 in Cologne, Germany.