Seems like this weekend was ripe for rumors. The folks over at BenchLife have some juicy tidbits about Intel's purported X299 platform, along with a little data on the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X CPUs that will supposedly go with it. According to the site's sources, the new chipset and its accompanying processors have been rescheduled to launch more than a month before their original launch date.
If this new data is accurate, Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X are set to launch at some point between the 25th and 27th weeks of 2017. That's toward the end of June or the beginning of July, quite a step forward from what BenchLife believes was originally an August launch window.
Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X are expected to be Intel's next offerings in its high-end desktop line, and they'll share the same (and as-yet-unannounced) LGA2066 socket. According to the rumors, Skylake-X CPUs should arrive in varieties ranging from six to ten cores with quad-channel DDR4 memory and oodles of PCIe connectivity.
Meanwhile, the more mysterious Kaby Lake-X is purportedly a quad-core design with dual-channel memory and up to 16 lanes of PCI Express from the CPU—numbers that sound an awful lot like Intel might repackage mainstream Kaby Lake quad-core CPUs for the new socket. We'll probably learn more about these processors in the coming weeks, as BenchLife thinks Intel will showcase the new platform and its CPUs at Computex starting on May 30.
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