Intel launching next-gen 20-threaded CPU in August 2017

New HEDT, X299 chipset, 10-core/20-threaded CPUs and 140W TDP... bring it on.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Jan 23 2017 5:32 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

Intel has only just launched its new Kaby Lake CPUs led by the Core i7-7700K, and yet we're hearing rumors already on the company's new HEDT, or high-end desktop processor.

Intel launching next-gen 20-threaded CPU in August 2017 | TweakTown.com

The new Skylake-X will be the successor to the Core i7-6950X, while the lower-end 4-core/8-thread model arrives as the Kaby Lake-X family. The higher-end 10, 8, and 6-core models are based on the older Skylake architecutr, with a higher 140W TDP. The 4-core Kaby Lake-X processor feature a 112W TDP, while all of the new HEDT processors will be pushed as the Core i7-7000 series.

This means we won't see a Core i7-7950X, but rather a K series processor as the report mentions Intel will release 4 new K series products, and no X series product. So we should expect the the possibilities of Intel calling their new HEDT processor the Core i7-7950X.

Intel will also launch its new enthusiast-tuned X299 chipset that will house a LGA 2066 socket that will work with two generations of processors. Intel will reportedly use run with a native quad-channel DDR4-2667 kit of RAM. The new X299 chipset will also offer up 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, with the new 'Basin Falls' PCB boasting 10 x USB 3.0, 8 x USB 2.0 ports, SATA 3.0, and Intel LAN. Nothing really revolutionary, at all.

We should expect Intel to launch its seemingly watered down competitor to AMD's revolutionary Ryzen processor - even compared to Intel's latest and greatest which is nearly a year away, with no mention of anything AI-related or next-generation over the current Z270 chipset, which is a much cheaper mainstream part. No games will use the will power of a 10-core processor, and there's only 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, marking a shift away from multi-GPU setups (at least for now).

The additional PCIe 3.0 lanes will allow for more of the super-fast M.2-based SSDs, which are offering 3GB/sec+ these days.

Intel will reportedly show off the new CPUs and X299 chipset at Computex 2017 in June.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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