The Skylake-X range of processors is going to be joined by a pair of Kaby Lake-X chips. They'll make up the company's "high-end desktop" line of products aimed specifically at gamers and other performance-hungry consumers and prosumers. The leak indicates that the frequencies of the chip, base and turbo, are "to be determined". The i9 line isn't expect to launch until August so Intel may be holding off on an official reveal until they have all of the details worked out. This chip was benchmarked against Intel's 10C/20T offering in the Core i9-7900X with its 3.3/4.0GHz base/boost clocks with 13.75MB of L3 cache, and the same PCIe lanes and TDP. These Ryzen 9 1977X CPU feature a base clock of 3.5GHz and can boost to 4.1GHz. The former will include the full 44 PCI Express lanes of the top-end part, but the latter two only 28. The 6-core Core i9-7800X will have 8.25MB of L3 cache and work at 3.5GHz base and 4.0GHz Turbo clock.
Then, finally, we have the Kaby Lake-X parts, which appear to be the same as the Kaby Lake-S parts that launched back in January of this year but are created to work with the X299 platform.
The race between to monopolizing processor giants in the industry of desktop computing might have its tables turned for Intel's favor with the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X i9 variants. These CPUs will feature a base clock of 3.5GHz and will boost to 3.9GHz, XFR technology is also supported by these CPUs and the CPUs will be able to overclock themselves automatically according to the cooling solution that you are using. Both turbo figures are Turbo Boost 2.0, and neither of them has Turbo Boost Max 3.0 functionality. Both CPUs are rated at 155W TDP.
Although the leak doesn't indicate the pricing of these chips, right off the bat it's clear that Intel has made substantial improvements over its prior-generation Broadwell-E parts. The Ryzen 9 1955X features a base clock of 3.6GHz and boosts to 4.0GHz with XFR. These will consist of the Ryzen 9 1956 clocked at 3GHz to 3.7GHz, and the Ryzen 9 1956X clocked at 3.2GHz to 3.8GHz.
With the new lineup, the higher-end parts are unequivocally better than the lower-end ones, something that wasn't true before.
It might not be a long before AMD starts sharing the limelight again with Intel as Techspot's recent report indicated that Intel's Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X products with X299 chipsets are bound to be reaching the market in June this year.
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