Intel’s X299 HEDT Platform with LGA 2066 Socket Codenamed ‘Basin Falls’ – Launch Pushed Forward to Computex 2017 in June
It looks like Intel’s upcoming X299 platform will be codenamed Basin Falls and will be launching sometime in June. The leak stems from Benchlife.info, a very reliable source we have been using for almost a decade. Not only has the code-name been leaked, but in typical benchlife style, they have also given a lot of details regarding the platform as well.
Intel’s upcoming X299 HEDT platform codenamed ‘Basin Falls’ detailed, launching in June at Computex 2017
The previous date for the release of HEDT X299 platform was rumored to be around Gamescom sometimes in August, but Benchlife claims this 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.
Skylake-X processor production is slated for the 25th week of the year, or late June (19th – 25th). Kabylake-X processor production is slated for the same time span as Skylake-X. Qualification of the samples will take place between May 29th– June 4th. Since this is pretty much the same time frame as Computex, we can see why Benchlife is claiming an unveiling event at Computex. We should also expect to see a showcase of motherboards from various manufacturers.
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 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 as Kaby Lake-X will have only up to 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes (a total of 40 lanes). Skylake-X will have qud channel DDR 4 memory up to 2667 in 1DPC mode and up to 2400 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 pots and connected via 4 DMI 3.0 lanes to the processor. Intel LAN (Jacksonville PHY) will also be present on the chipset.
Intel HEDT Processor Families:
|Intel HEDT Family||Gulftown||Sandy Bridge-E||Ivy Bridge-E||Haswell-E||Broadwell-E||Skylake-X||Kaby Lake-X||Cascade Lake-X|
|Flagship SKU||Core i7-980X||Core i7-3960X||Core i7-4960X||Core i7-5960X||Core i7-6950X||Core i7-7000||Core i7/i5-7000 Series||Core i7-8000 series|
|Max Cores/Threads||6/12||6/12||6/12||8/16||10/20||18/36 (2017)
|Clock Speeds||3.33/3,60 GHz||3.30/3.90 GHz||3.60/4.00 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||3.00/3.50 GHz||2.60/4.20 GHz||4.30/4.50 GHz||TBD|
|Max Cache||12 MB L3||15 MB L3||15 MB L3||20 MB L3||25 MB L3||24.75 MB L3||8 MB L3||TBD|
|Max PCI-Express Lanes||32 Gen2||40 Gen2||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||40 Gen3||44 Gen3||16 Gen3||TBD|
|Chipset Compatiblity||X58 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X79 Chipset||X99 Chipset||X99 Chipset||X299||X299||TBD|
|Socket Compatiblity||LGA 1366||LGA 2011||LGA 2011||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2011-3||LGA 2066||LGA 2066||LGA 3647|
|Launch||Q1 2010||Q4 2011||Q3 2013||Q3 2014||Q2 2016||Q3 2017||Q2 2017||Q4 2018|
|Launch Price||$999 US||$999 US||$999 US||$1059 US||$1700 US||$1999 US||$339 US||TBD|