Rumor: Intel Skylake-X and X299 will headline Computex 2017


— 3:43 PM on April 21, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, whispers were swirling that Intel was moving the launch of its Basin Falls high-end desktop platform and its component CPUs up from late July to the end of June. Earlier this week, the rumor mill was churning out reports that the silicon giant would show off Basin Falls at Computex at the end of May. Benchlife is adding fuel to the fire today with more specific details about the replacements for Broadwell-E and X99. Based on a reading of an automated translation, the page appears to contain four specific pieces of information that were not a part of the rumors we reported on earlier.

The story contains reportedly-leaked information that Intel senior vice president Navin Shenoy will deliver a keynote speech at Computex 2017. The fact that an Intel senior VP will be delivering the keynote suggests that it may be a major announcement. The company has already shown off its first wave of 3D XPoint products for servers and client computers, and the launch of the mainstream successor to Kaby Lake is still months away. That leaves the launch of HEDT processors and chipsets as the most likely subject for the rumored speech. 

Previous rounds of rumors have speculated on the public announcement of the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors and accompanying X299 chipset, but today's grist is the first to speculate on a specific retail availability date. Benchlife says that products will hit the retail channel on June 26. The latest wave of speculation also suggests that the Skylake-X family of processors will include 12-core versions in addition to the previously-rumored six, eight, and 10-core versions. Meanwhile, the Kaby Lake-X family of CPUs is still expected to contain only quad-core variants with dual-channel DDR4 memory controllers.

The last specific detail is speculation that the Skylake-X CPUs will have "up to 44" PCIe 3.0 lanes. The least-expensive Broadwell-E chip, the Core i7-6800K, has 28 lanes of PCIe 3.0 connectivity, while its three siblings all get 40 lanes to work with. The use of the phrase "up to" suggests that Intel will continue with its tiered approach to PCIe bandwidth in its HEDT platform. Kaby Lake-X is rumored to be limited to the same 16 lanes of PCIe connectivity as Intel's mainstream desktop parts, adding further uncertainty to what exactly the benefits of Kaby Lake-X will be versus the existing offerings.

As Computex draws closer, the loose lips will doubtless let slip more information about whatever it is that Intel plans to show off at the largest computer hardware show of the year.

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