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Report: Intel Has Pushed Forward Basin Falls, Skylake-X and Coffee Lake To Tackle Newly Competitive x86 Landscape

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Apr 19, 2017
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It looks like another source has come forward, confirming the news story we originally published from Benchlife.info. This report stems from Digitimes and reaffirms the same thing as well as some additional details, lending credence to the fact that Intel has actually pushed its unveiling ahead of schedule. This is actually something that might make sense, given the fact that the company has cancelled the IDF event, which is clear evidence of a shakeup happening right now in the company’s traditional lineup.

Intel pushed forward Basin Falls and Coffee Lake; meanwhile, AMD is planning on releasing a 16 core Ryzen variant

Interestingly, Digitimes also mentions that AMD is planning on releasing its 16-core Ryzen CPU and the X399 platform in the 3rd quarter of 2017 for the gaming market. If such a thing should happen, it would turn the tables on Intel, which will need to revamp its lineup in order to compete with the sheer number of cores that AMD will be throwing at it. According to the source, the 14nm Coffeelake processors and its Z370 chipset will be releasing in August as well as more CPUs and the H370 and B360/H310 chipsets following at the end of 2017 or early 2018.

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There is also a nugget of information for the industry enthusiast, Intel has apparently payed up $100 million to buy 5 EUV scanners from ASML, which indicates that it is accelerating work on Extreme UV lithography which is supposed to pave the way to 10nm and beyond (while staying on silicon).

Benchlife claims the release of Intel’s brand new processors is going to happen by Computex this year – and they have a very good reason for doing so as we will soon see. The event is going to be held from May 31 to June 3, and it looks like Intel is planning on launching the brand new Basin Falls X299 platform at that time.

Overview of Intel’s X299 HEDT platform codenamed Basin Falls.

The HEDT launch lineup will include at least four SKUs that will make their way to the X299 platform. All processors will utilize the 14nm process node, however, the Kaby Lake-X chips may have a slight edge due to the process optimizations. This would result in better clock speeds with reduced power consumption, adding to the efficiency. The four SKUs will include a 10 core, 8 core, 6 core and 4 core model. The 10, 8 and 6 core models will be based on Skylake architecture. The 4 core model will be based on the Kaby Lake architecture which launched on mainstream platforms earlier this month. All Skylake-X chips will feature a rated TDP of 140W while the Kaby Lake-X chip will feature a TDP of 112W. All chips will be marketed as the Core i7-7000 series processors and utilize the LGA 2066 socket.

The LGA 2066 socket of the HEDT Basin Falls platform is called Socket R4. SKL-X will have up to 44 PCIe 3.0 lanes (a total of 68 lanes) while Kaby Lake-X will have only up to 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes (a total of 40 lanes). Skylake-X will have quad channel DDR 4 memory up to 2667MHz in 1DPC mode and up to 2400MHz in 2DPC mode. Kabylake-X on the other hand will only have dual channel DDR4. The Kaby Lake PCH will have 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes, 8 SATA Gen3, 10 USB 3.0 ports and connected via 4 DMI 3.0 lanes to the processor. Intel LAN (Jacksonville PHY) will also be present on the chipset.

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A rumor that stems from Bitsandchips.it, a publication that has proved to be fairly reliable in the past, suggests that the company might be taking the high road to tackling Ryzen. It has already promised to include 10 core Skylake variants in its high end lineup (Skylake-X) but if this report is true then it means we could be looking at a massive, 12 core/24 thread die as well. Assuming Intel is actually preparing a 12 core variant to include in the Skylake-X lineup then that means that you are actually looking at a lineup shakeup. Instead of the 6 and 8 core high end parts, we will be looking at 6, 8, 10 and 12 core parts. There is also one very obvious implication in all this, that Intel will be cutting prices across the board as well. Microcenter has already started cutting prices, but as of yet there is no word from Intel on an official price cut.

Intel HEDT Processor Families:

Intel HEDT FamilyGulftownSandy Bridge-EIvy Bridge-EHaswell-EBroadwell-ESkylake-XKaby Lake-XCoffee Lake-X
Process Node32nm32nm22nm22nm14nm14nm14nm14nm
Flagship SKUCore i7-980XCore i7-3960XCore i7-4960XCore i7-5960XCore i7-6950XCore i7-7000Core i7/i5-7000 SeriesCore i7-8000 series
Max Cores/Threads6/126/126/128/1610/2012/244/86/12
Clock Speeds3.33/3,60 GHz3.30/3.90 GHz3.60/4.00 GHz3.00/3.50 GHz3.00/3.50 GHzTBD4.20/4.50 GHzTBD
Max Cache12 MB L315 MB L315 MB L320 MB L325 MB L3TBD8 MB L3TBD
Max PCI-Express Lanes32 Gen240 Gen240 Gen340 Gen340 Gen344 Gen316 Gen3TBD
Chipset CompatiblityX58 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX79 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX99 ChipsetX299X299TBD
Socket CompatiblityLGA 1366LGA 2011LGA 2011LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2066LGA 2066LGA 2066?
Memory CompatiblityDDR3-1066DDR3-1600DDR3-1866DDR4-2133DDR4-2400DDR4-2667DDR4-2667DDR4-2800?
Max TDP130W130W130W140W140W160W112WTBD
LaunchQ1 2010Q4 2011Q3 2013Q3 2014Q2 2016Q2 2017Q2 2017August 2017?
Launch Price$999 US$999 US$999 US$1059 US$1700 US~$1500 US$350+?TBD

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