High-end PC enthusiasts, especially Intel fans, will have another reason to celebrate later this year. It would seem that the company will be unveiling a new line of high-end desktop processors really soon. What is more, it looks like Intel has decided to launch its X299 HEDT motherboard ahead of original plans.
The X299 HEDT motherboard, codenamed “Basin Falls,” was originally reported for a Gamescom release in August. However, according to Benchlife, Intel has pushed the release a little bit earlier. Now, the report claims that the new series of motherboards will be launched in the first week of June. In fact, the X299 HEDT motherboards will be introduced to the public during this year’s Computex event in Taiwan.
X299 HEDT motherboard specs
The newest line of motherboard from Intel will support four upcoming HEDT processors, three of which will belong to the Skylake-X family while the other one from the Kaby Lake-X. The X299 HEDT motherboard will support a maximum of ten cores per die and quad channel DDR memory of up to 2667Mhz.
In terms of communication lines, the X299 motherboard will have a maximum of 66 PCIe lanes. The system can have as much as ten USB 3.0 lanes, eight SATA 3.0 lanes, and 24 third generation PCIe buses.
Intel HEDT processor lineup
At the moment, the X299 motherboard will be able to accommodate a maximum of ten cores per die. The Skylake-X line of processors will start at six cores and work its way to ten. On the other hand, the Kaby Lake-X platform will be limited to four cores for the time being.
Both platforms will be based on the new LGA2066, the same socket design used by the new Kaby Lake desktop processors. The Skylake-X version will have a maximum TDP of 140W while the Kaby Lake-X line is set to 112W TDP.
Skylake-X vs Kaby Lake-X
The main difference between the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X is the maximum number of cores per die. As mentioned earlier, the Skylake-X line will have a maximum of ten cores per die. Meanwhile, the Kaby Lake-X will have a maximum of four cores.
Because of the disparity in core counts, the Kaby Lake-X line of HEDT processors will only have a maximum of 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Furthermore, there will only be support for dual channel memories instead for quad channels.
Obviously, due to core count, the Skylake-X line of processors will be sold for a much higher price. Market analysts believe that it will cost somewhere between $1,300 to $1,500. On the other hand, the Kaby Lake-X will be a sort of “entry level” offering and may be priced around $350 or higher.
Intel vs AMD
There have been a lot of talks about AMD’s efforts to gain its CPU market share since the start of the year. So far, the company has been successful at launching its latest AMD Ryzen processors. While its top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor is more than up to the challenge compared to the current Intel HEDT, it will surely be left behind when Intel announces the newer HEDT processor.
Because of this, AMD is rumored to release its own version of HEDT processors. Only this time, instead of ten cores, it will have a maximum of 16 cores. Rumor has it that AMD intends to announce its HEDT processors within the next couple of months.
Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X schedule
The report from Benchlife also stated that Intel mode started its production schedule ahead of original plans. Initially, the Skylake-X production is set to start sometime in the 31st week of 2017. Now, both Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors will be produced as early as the 25th week of 2017. This means that release date is also pushed ahead of schedule. It would seem that the new release date schedule for both processors will now happen between the third and fourth quarter of the year. For more tech updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.