Launch of Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X on LGA 2066 in 2H 2017


The latest details regarding the launch of the next generation Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors have been leaked by Benchlife. The site has released new slides that clear up the confusion surrounding the launch of the new processors. The Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processor families will be based on different architectures but will be presented simultaneously on the same platform, which is really interesting.

Intel’s Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X will launch in late 2017 and provide enthusiasts with a ton of performance.

In our previous article, we suggested that the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X would be different families for different platforms. Although the two families are completely different because they use a different architecture, it looks like the new X series processors will be supported by a brand new platform powered by the Kaby Lake PCH (Platform Control Hub).

Intel’s Basin Falls-X platform will support Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors on the same platform. (Image credits: Benchlife)

Intel Basin Falls-X platform supports high-end Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X Core i7 processors

This platform will be known as Basin Falls-X, the code name for the platform supporting both the Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X processor families. The Basin Falls-X platform will support the fastest Core i7 processors to be released next year. The Basin Falls-X platform includes the new Socket R4 (LGA 2066). The LGA 2066 is made up of 2066 pins, which means that current processors will not be compatible with the platform. Within the Sky Lake-X family, we will get 6-core, 8-core, and 10-core SKUs with TDPs rated at 140W. These chips will have 44 PCI-E Gen 3.0 lanes. Kaby Lake-X, meanwhile, will ship with 4-core chips, which means we’re only looking at the Core i7 and likely Core i5 models.

The surprising thing here is that the Kaby Lake-X SKUs will feature 112W TDP on a 14nm node. This means that we could be looking at much higher clock speeds compared to the current generation quad-core models. In fact, the Kaby Lake family uses a more optimized architecture compared to Skylake which will allow Intel to fine tune its performance for better performance and efficiency. The Kaby Lake-X processor series includes up to 16 PCI-E Gen 3.0 lanes.

Some other details on the Basin Falls-X platform include four-channel memory support on Skylake-X and two-channel memory support on Kaby Lake-X processors. Speeds as high as 2667 MHz are supported by these chips. The Kaby Lake-X PCH itself offers 24 PCI-E Gen 3.0 lanes as well as 10 USB 3.0 ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports and an Intel LAN (Jacksonville PHY) chipset.

Intel HEDT processor families:

Intel HEDT Family Sapphire Rapids-X? Lac-X waterfall Skylake-X Skylake-X Skylake-X Broadwell-E Haswell-E Ivy Bridge-E Sand bridge-E Gulftown
Process node 10nm ESF 14 nm ++ 14 nm + 14 nm + 14 nm + 14 nm 22 nm 22 nm 32 nm 32 nm
Flagship SKU To be determined Core i9-10980XE Xeon W-3175X Core i9-9980XE Core i9-7980XE Core i7-6950X Core i7-5960X Core i7-4960X Core i7-3960X Core i7-980X
Maximum cores / wires 56/112? 18/36 28/56 18/36 18/36 10/20 8/16 6/12 6/12 6/12
Clock speeds To be determined 3.00 / 4.80 GHz 3.10 / 4.30 GHz 3.00 / 4.50 GHz 2.60 / 4.20 GHz 3.00 / 3.50 GHz 3.00 / 3.50 GHz 3.60 / 4.00 GHz 3.30 / 3.90 GHz 3.33 / 3.60 GHz
Max cache To be determined 24.75 MB L3 38.5 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 24.75 MB L3 25 MB L3 20 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 12 MB L3
Maximum number of PCI-Express (CPU) lanes 64 Gen5? 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 44 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen3 40 Gen2 32 Gen2
Chipset compatibility C790? X299 C612E X299 X299 X99 chipset X99 chipset X79 chipset X79 chipset X58 chipset
Socket compatibility LGA 4677? LGA 2066 LGA 3647 LGA 2066 LGA 2066 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011 LGA 2011 LGA 1366
Memory compatibility DDR5-4800? DDR4-2933 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2800 DDR4-2666 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2133 DDR3-1866 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1066
TDP max. To be determined 165W 255W 165W 165W 140W 140W 130W 130W 130W
To throw Q2 2022? Q4 2019 Q4 2018 Q4 2018 Q3 2017 Q2 2016 Q3 2014 Q3 2013 Q4 2011 Q1 2010
Introductory price To be determined US $ 979 ~ US $ 4,000 US $ 1,979 US $ 1,999 $ 1,700 $ 1,059 US $ 999 US $ 999 US $ 999

Intel to replace LGA 2066 socket with LGA 2076 in 2020, latest Basin Falls-X processor family will be Cannonlake-X

More information on Basin Falls-X suggests that it will last until 2020. Intel will not only offer its Skylake-X family on this platform, but also the Kaby Lake-X (10 Core +) and Cannonlake-X processors. later. It will be replaced by a new LGA 2076 socket platform in 2020 which will likely be Ice Lake-X.

Both Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X are different, but we’ve seen Intel introduce new processor families on existing platforms. Their HEDT range is now the most notable for this trend which gets 2 or 3 families for the same platform / socket. Regarding the launch, Intel suggests that both processor series will be launched in the third or fourth quarter of 2017. This means that the processors have been pushed back from their previous launch in the second quarter of 2017. Intel still has its lineup of Unlocked Kaby Lake-S processors for launch on the 200 series platform later this year, which will replace Skylake-S processors such as Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K.

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