It seems like Intel is in a panic mode at the moment. Days after reports of AMD releasing HEDT processors in June, a new report came out, this time for Intel. According to the rumors, Intel is planning on unveiling new Core i9 Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X HEDT processors sometime in June.
In an article from Apple Insider, a leaker who goes by the handle “Sweepr” claims that Intel is preparing a presentation for the announcement of its new Core i9 platform. The new processors will feature a minimum of six cores and will go all the way up to 12 cores.
The top-tier models will be the i9-7920X and the i9-7900X, each will have 12 and 10 cores, respectively. The second range of models will have six and eight cores in the i9-7800 product line. The i9-7820X will carry the eight core configuration while the i9-7800X will be the six core version.
The 7900 series will offer as much as 16.5MB of L3 cache as well as 44 PCIe lanes. On the other hand, the 7800 series will only be able to support a maximum of 28 PCIe lanes and 11MB of L3 cache.
The new HEDT platform will have a base clock of around 3.3GHz and a boost clock of 4.3GHz. Some models will be equipped with Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 that will bring the boost clock to as much as 4.5GHz.
It is said that the processors, apart from the i9-7920X will be unveiled in June. Meanwhile, the i9-7920X will be unveiled sometime in August.
For now, there are no indications about the pricing for the new Core i9 platform. However, consumers can expect that these processors will not come cheap. The current Broadwell-E i7-6950X ten-core processor costs around $1,800 on retail. Consumers should expect the new Core i9 processors to be price somewhere north of that.
Another thing left to uncertainty is the idea of Apple using the said chip on the upcoming iMac and Mac Pro refreshes. For more updates on the Intel Core i9 processors, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.