The two middle SKUs will also feature Turbo Max support with both the Core i9-7920X and Core i9-7900X being able to hit 4.5GHz in some situations.
The highest-end chip will be the Core i9-7920X, a 12-core, 24-thread chip with 16.5MB of L3 cache memory and 44 PCI Express lanes.
The new CPUs, whatever specifications they eventually turn out to offer, will be up against stiff competition from AMD's newly announced Ryzen range, which have boasted performance competitive with Intel on multi-core and multi-threaded applications. Codenamed Ryzen 9, it's rumored to have 16 cores, 32 threads, and a clock speed of 3.5GHz in normal mode, boostable to 3.9GHz.
Then, finally, we have the Kaby Lake-X parts, which appear to be the same as the Kaby Lake-S parts that launched back in January of this year but are created to work with the X299 platform.
Indeed, system vendors would probably have a much easier time moving systems with these types of chips if they could easily communicate that the chips inside are "better" than the ones with the more standard Core i7 chips.
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AMD's recent move to launch the Ryzen 7, 5, and 3 chips is what acted as the trigger point.
The i9-7900X takes things up one more notch at 10 cores and 20 threads, 44 PCIe lanes, the same 4x RAM setup and 13.75 of L3 cache.
We can get to hear about the Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X from Intel on 30 May and it falls in line with earlier reports of Intel launching its products at PC Gaming Show.
Although the leak doesn't indicate the pricing of these chips, right off the bat it's clear that Intel has made substantial improvements over its prior-generation Broadwell-E parts. The 7900X and 7920X are 10 and 12 core chips respectively, while the 7800X and 7820X are 6 and 8 core chips. Releasing an entry-level HEDT "Core i7" that would assuredly be outperformed by the Core i7-4790K, 6700K, or 7700K isn't the best way to encourage enthusiast adoption and I'm taking these rumors with a fair bit of salt. It will clock at 4.0 GHz normally and 4.2 GHz when boosted. That all seems like it's about to change, as a leak of Intel's upcoming Skylake-X CPU line surfaced over the weekend via the image above over on AnandTech's forums. It'll be interesting to see if this product stack is compelling enough to drive upsell from Intel's mainstream desktop platform to the high-end desktop platform, and up the stack within the high-end desktop platform.