At Computex a couple of weeks ago, Intel announced its new Basin Falls platform, consisting of the X299 chipset with motherboards based on it, a pair of Kaby Lake-X processors, and a set of Skylake-X processors going all the way up to eighteen cores, denoting the first use of Intel’s enterprise level high core-count silicon in a consumer product. For the most part, we had assumed that the news was just that, and following traditional Intel strategy they would not officially give a launch date until the reviews go live sometime later. So imagine our surprise when Intel starts announcing dates at the E3 show this week.

As part of Intel’s E3 press release, as well as their presentations at the show, the new Core i9 processors were discussed, along with Intel’s continued commitment towards eSports. Intel gave the dates for the new platform as the following:

  • 4, 6, 8 and 10-core parts available for pre-order from June 19th
  • 4, 6, 8 and 10-core parts shipping to consumers from June 26th
  • 12-core parts expected to ship in August
  • 14, 16 and 18 core parts expected to ship in October

This means that the following five processors will be available from June 26th:

Intel Basin Falls X299 Processors, June 26th
  i5-7640X i7-7740X i7-7800X i7-7820X i9-7900X
Cores 4C/4T 4C/8T 6C/12T 8C/16T 10C/20T
Base Clock 4.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 3.5 GHz 3.6 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo Clock 4.2 GHz 4.5 GHz 4.0 GHz 4.3 GHz 4.3 GHz
TurboMax Clock N/A N/A N/A 4.5 GHz 4.5 GHz
L2 Cache 256 KB per core 1 MB per core
L3 Cache 6 MB 8 MB 8.25 MB 11 MB 13.75 MB
PCIe Lanes 16 28 44
Memory Channels 2 4
Memory Freq DDR4-2666 DDR4-2400 DDR4-2666
TDP 112 W 140 W
Price (1k tray) $242 $339 $389 $599 $999

The two quad-core parts are part of the Kaby Lake-X family, essentially using the mainstream Kaby Lake-S silicon but disabling the integrated graphics and expanding the voltage/frequency window and TDP limit to give extra frequency. As already demonstrated, extreme overclockers have hit over 7.5 GHz on these chips at a special Computex Intel event using Liquid Helium, with positive words coming out about 24/7 overclocking capabilities on air and water.

The other three parts are the Skylake-X family, with the 6, 8 and 10-core variants all coming from the same harvested low-core-count die. The big upswing for these processors is the rearranged cache arrangement, with Intel moving from 256KB of L2 cache on the previous generation to 1MB of L2 cache on Skylake-X (and changing the L3 cache from being a fully inclusive cache to being a non-inclusive cache). This significantly enhances software which is L2 cache size sensitive, although it remains to be seen how much of an effect it will have for consumers.

For the other parts, 12 core and up, Intel is staggering their launch to the extent that we do not even know many of the details. Intel's own documents list them all as TBD for frequency, power and DRAM support – the only certainties are core counts, pricing, and the fact that they will use the same socket as the above five processors. The August shipping date for the 12-core will be interesting, given that Dell has announced that pre-orders for its ThreadRipper Alienware desktops start on July 27th. The same announcement from Dell states 'and the Area 51 featuring Intel Core X-Series will arrive on August 22nd, and the product page states that this includes the 12-core option, as well as 6-10 cores. Whether the wording 'arrive' means pre-order or release we do not know, although the TR version explicitly states 'pre-order'. Ryan points out that this could just mean the 6-10 core options, as it doesn't explicitly state the 12 core and Intel hasn't made a firm date themselves yet.

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  • jjj - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    14, 16 and 18 core parts expected to ship in October

    2017 or 2018?
  • T1beriu - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

  • Ninjawithagun - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    Actually, the article is wrong. Intel recently stated very late 4th quarter earliest and 1H 2018 as the most probable release time frame. Bottom line, they lied just to try and rain on AMD's Threadripper party. It didn't work and consumers know it.
  • Cygni - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    Youve posted like 10+ comments breathlessly defending a publicly traded company on this comment section. We get it, you think AMD is extra best special and Intel is evil terrible overpriced. Nobody cares.
  • ddriver - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    You obviously care. Also, he completely is right. Intel did invent non-existent products out of thin air and announced stuff it doesn't even have in the works just to avoid looking as a second-class chipmaker. His comment doesn't smell of fanboyism unlike your devoted response in Intel's defense.
  • ddriver - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    I got to give it to Intel nonetheless, I mean even if they manage to get out something faster than Threadripper in the HEDT market, it will be so expensive that its actual consumer value will plummet.

    It looks like the top TR chip will cost about as much as Intel's 10 core, and for the amount of money they are gonna ask for the 18 core model you may as well go EPYC and still get better value AND performance.

    Have Intel forgotten that competition is not only about performance, but price as well? They'd have to slash a good 1/3 of the price right away before those products are even worth the purchase consideration.
  • Hurr Durr - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    Talk about kneejerk.
  • Cygni - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    I really don't give a shit about either company, they are companies not people. They would kill us both in our sleep for a .0001% share price rise and never forget that.

    For a lot of years, AT comments was at least semi-free of this stupid brand loyalty white knight horseshit, but it has gotten as bad as everywhere else lately. Your awful awful posting everywhere certainly hasn't helped.
  • ddriver - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    That's all fine and dandy but it doesn't change the fact that you had a rather negative reaction to what is essentially true.

    When it comes to companies or for that matter - governments too, they are always evil, but always only as evil as they can afford to be. While it is unarguably true that AMD shows a lot more love to consumers, that's only because they need to and cannot afford not to. While Intel - they did great even when their chips were garbage compare to Athlons - I doubt they will have any change in their ways until something rather drastic, like say losing a third of their market.
  • ZeDestructor - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    2017 if Apple's iMac Pro timeframe (Dec 2017) is accurate

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