Rumor: Core i9 processors will arrive for LGA 2066 in June


— 3:04 PM on May 12, 2017

If you have a distaste for AMD rumors, well, don't worry—we have some new dirt about Intel's upcoming hardware today, too. The skinny is this: if the info is accurate, Intel will be branding its purported quad-core Kaby Lake-X CPUs as Core i7s, while the rumored six-, eight-, 10-, and 12-core Skylake-X CPUs on the same platform will be known as Core i9s. Watch your sodium level as we dive in.

This information comes courtesy of a few people on the Anandtech forums. Forum user Sweepr posted a list of upcoming processors and promised an image as proof, which was subsequently delivered by forum user dooon. The image appears to show an Intel presentation open in Powerpoint, displaying a list of LGA 2066 processors and their relevant specifications. We've reformatted the information in a table below.

  Cores/threads Base clock Turbo "Turbo Max" L3 PCIe 3.0 Memory TDP
Core i9-7920X 12/24 TBD TBD TBD 16.5 MB 44 lanes Quad-channel
DDR4-2666
140W
Core i9-7900X 10/20 3.3 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 13.75 MB 44 lanes Quad-channel
DDR4-2666
140W
Core i9-7820X 8/16 3.6 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz 11 MB 28 lanes Quad-channel
DDR4-2666
140W
Core i9-7800X 6/12 3.5 GHz 4.0 GHz N/A 8.25 MB 28 lanes Quad-channel
DDR4-2666
140W
Core i7-7740K 4/8 4.3 GHz 4.5 GHz N/A 8 MB 16 lanes Dual-channel
DDR4-2666
112W
Core i7-7640K 4/4 4.0 GHz 4.2 GHz N/A 6 MB 16 lanes Dual-channel
DDR4-2666
112W

There's a lot to talk about here. Most profound is further fuel for the notion that Intel will once again be increasing the core count of its top-shelf Core-series processor, this time to 12 cores. The idea of having to buy a ten-core processor to run a pair of graphics cards with a full 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0 for each remains as annoying as ever.

A few discrepancies popped up between the information posted by Sweepr and the information in the image posted by dooon. Sweepr claims that the Skylake-X-based Core i9 processors will have TDP specs ranging up to 160W, but all of the chips in the image appear to say 140W. Sweepr also claims that the Skylake-X processors will have 1 MB of L2 cache. That would be four times as much as today's Skylake and Kaby Lake processors, and might help to explain the relatively paltry amount of L3 cache in the Skylake-X CPUs. The Core i7-6950X ten-core CPU has 25MB of L3 cache, for comparison's sake.

The information didn't come with any pricing details, so we'll have to wait and see what the bottom line looks like for these chips—assuming this information is even accurate. If so, that means we'll be seeing these parts next month save for the 12-core Core i9-7920X. That part is supposedly launching in August.

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