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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  • KrazyAttack - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    And not a single person clapped, literally. So awkward but awesome at the same time.
  • Gothmoth - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    i wonder more why people faked enthusiasm on these intel events over the last 6 years....
    after sandy bridge everything intel showed was just "meh".
  • Ninjawithagun - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    That's simple - Intel paid them off promises of "free hardware" for favorably future reviews.
  • Byte - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    I'm been an intel uhore for the longest time. Was really happy with all my intel chips. Was about to upgrade the work computer to a 7700k after my lotto of half a dozen 6700k failed to get past 4.6GHz. Pulled the trigger on the 7700k onsale they had for $289ish, but then said screw it and got a 1700 set for $370 instead. Canceled the 7700k. Ryzen here i come!
  • TEAMSWITCHER - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    For me Ryzen is already dead. The 8-Core Skylake-X part is only $100 more than the top of the line Ryzen, but offers so much more. Faster single thread performance, more PCIe lanes direct to the CPU, Quad-Channel Memory, and better platform motherboards with loads of premium features. After all of AMD's hype, Intel swats them away as if they were a pesky fly.
  • asendra - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    I agree that the 7820-X is a very competitive SKU, I would even say that is the best option on the lineup.
    But a couple of things have to be taken into account.
    First, you can have the 1700/1700x for a lot less than the 1800X and the overclock basically the same.
    Second, the X299 motherboards are gonna have a ~100$ premium over the AMD ones if previous releases are any indication.
    So, yes, very competitive, but not so small difference price wise.
  • Gothmoth - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    it´s x299 vs. x399... skylake-x vs. threadripper.

    to compare skylake-x with ryzen only shows that "teamswitcher is clueless.

    with threadripper i get 64 PCI lanes no matter if i buy the cheapest or most expensive CPU.
  • bigboxes - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    Yeah, he's comparing dissimilar platforms.
  • negusp - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    "only $100 more"

    Don't forget the 1700X is way cheaper than the 1800X and basically performs the same. So you're really looking at a $250 premium + an X299 motherboard, which is an extra $100 compared to existing Ryzen socketed motherboards.

    So, you're paying roughly $350 more for these "premium" features. "Ryzen is already dead", my ass.
  • Ninjawithagun - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    Apparently, the Intel fangirls don't know how to read. AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is only $449 now, 1700X is $349, and the 1700 sells for $299 O.O RIP

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