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Details of Intel X299 Skylake X and Kaby Lake X Platform Unveiled


Let’s face it Intel have been somewhat on the news recently which is very unusual for the Intel itself. They have typically enjoyed rather a healthy lead at least over the past several years over AMD. AMD in the past certainly been quite competitive in the early days of the Athlon 64. It’s fair to say that AMD were more synonymous with gaming and Intel were more synonymous with content creation with the Pentium 4 for example.

Intel right now are looking to take back not just the desktop but also the high-end desktop. Perhaps being rather concerned with Threadripper. We are going to be talking about some leaks which are being occurred over the last 24 hours with the X299 platform as well as the Z370 platform.

A lot of these leaks actually came from a website by the name of DRMOLA. It has slide which has obviously leaked onto the internet and assuming it’s accuracy it does provide a rather profound insight into what Intel are doing.

There are definitely some interesting thing here which perhaps might cause your head to have a few iches. The first is performance and tuning capabilities which are listed with 4 base clock and tuning controls, I/O port flexibility with SATA USB free and PCIe. Intel’s rapid rate storage which means it has absolutely so much rate support that need to probably shake a stick at it. It looks like any of X299 platform CPU’s can be overclocked. However these’s a thing that is causing a lot of confusion which is memory channel which is listed to be 4/1. So, we have 4 memory channels and dimms per channel is just a single one, which is very different from X99 which offered 2 dimms per channel.

Apart from that there were some more leaks on pricing information but we’ll get into that set of information in the last. Anyway a quick recap of the different processors they start with some i9 and there are also some i7. Essentially looking at Skylake-X for the higher-end CPU’s and then there’s KabyLake-X which is for lower-end.

We’ll get into the Skylake-X first, these are i9 7920x which offers 12 cores 24 threads and a total cache of 16.5 MB of level 3 and also it’ll feature at LLC at 1.375 MB per core and a mid-level cache which is an L2 cache of 1 MB. So, each core has about 2.375 MB of cache available, it also does offer 44 PCIe lanes.

Moving on to the lower end chips which is 7900X and the 7820X. The 7900X offers 4.5 ghz turbo speed as Intel turbo 3.0 but the base clock is just 3.3 ghz, this chip is 10 cores 20 threads.

The next is 7820X, this offers 8 cores 16 threads. So, this chip is going to run at 4.5 ghz. Basically this chip is almost identical to all of the others in terms of the amount of cache available per core and all that. It just obviously scales linearly because you have far fever cores available.

Getting into the pricing and this according to another website by the name of Hd-tecnologia, and they are reporting Intel i9 7920X at $1700, the i9 7900X at $1100, the i9 7820X at $650, the i9 7800 at $440, and the lower-end chips  the Kabylake which are $350 and $220 respectively.

Intel Skylake-X Core i9 Processor Family Specs:

CPU NameIntel Core i9-7800XIntel Core i9-7820XIntel Core i9-7900XIntel Core i9-7920XIntel Core i9-7940XIntel Core i9-7960XIntel Core i9-7980XE
CPU Process14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+14nm+
Base Clock3.5 GHz3.6 GHz3.3 GHzTBDTBDTBDTBD
Boost Clock4.0 GHz4.5 GHz4.5 GHzTBDTBDTBDTBD
L3 Cache8.25 MB11 MB13.75 MB16.5 MB19.25 MB22 MB25 MB
Memory SupportQuad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666Quad Channel DDR4-2666
Socket TypeLGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066

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