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Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X could launch as the Core i9 series

Intel Skylake-X could launch as the Core i9 series
Intel Skylake-X could launch as the Core i9 series
A rumored 12-core Kaby Lake-X CPU may come to market as the "Core i9-7920X" under the new naming convention instead of the "Core i7-7920X" to better differentiate the super high-end X-series from the high-end i7 series.

A fourth tier in the popular Core ix family of processors may be in the works according to a leaked snapshot of a supposed Intel presentation detailing some upcoming products.

The introduction of a higher tier above the current i7 family may be necessary to more easily differentiate between the eventual ultra-high-end X-series of Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors from the existing i7-7700K and the upcoming i7-7740K and i7-7640K. The top Core i9 model is expected to be the Core i9-7920X with its full set of 12 cores plus Hyper-Threading for a total of 24 simultaneous threads. Other features include 16.5 MB of L3 cache, support for 44 PCIe lanes, and a power-hungry 140 W TDP not unlike the Broadwell-E family.

Meanwhile, the initial batch of Skylake-X processors could come as early as next month. The rumored Core i9-7800X will supposedly be a 3.5 GHz hexa-core offering with Turbo Boost of up to 4 GHz.

The leak should be taken with a grain of salt as Intel has yet to officially announce the new generation of Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors. The timing of this leak, however, gives it some credence as the Broadwell-E i7-6950X was made publicly available a full year earlier in May of 2016. As a result, a proper followup to the Broadwell-E series will likely be announced sooner rather than later.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-05-14 (Update: 2017-05-14)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.