After almost a decade of relative peace of mind for Intel, the launch of AMD Ryzen has set foot in the offices of the world’s largest processor manufacturer for computers and servers. So much so, that Intel is advancing into the launch of its new processor Coffee Lake, the successor to Kaby Lake.
This is what emerges from the latest information that Digitimes has unveiled. It would be up to a total of three ranges of processors that would advance a few months to the expected dates in the industry, along with the launch of the X299 chipset.
It has X299 chipset with LGA 2066 socket. The processors that would arrive would be those of the Basin Falls platform – Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X. These processors were to be unveiled initially in the month of August at the Intel Developer Forum conference but it will probably be announced earlier. This announcement will take place at Taipei’s upcoming Computex, which runs from May 30 to June 3. The market launch would take place at the end of June.
The Skylake-X processors would have three 6, 8 and 10-core versions with a consumption of 140 watts, while the Kaby Lake-X series would have quad-core processors with a consumption of 112 watts. A 12-core Skylake-X processor will be launched in August.
Coffee Lake will arrive in August from the hand of the i7-8700K
The two-month advancement of the X299 chipset falls short compared to the launch of the Coffee Lake processors. These new chips will be the successors of Kaby Lake, and will be the third consecutive launch using a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, after Skylake and Kaby Lake already use it.
The Coffee Lake processors will see the light in the month of August, although they were planned to be launched in January 2018. That is an advance of about five months. While in the summer of 2016 we saw that only Kaby Lake processors were launched for laptops and low-power computers, this summer the Coffee Lake would be launched completely, including K-finished processors like the Intel Core i7-8700K, as well as The Z370 chipset. Later, more processors would come along with H370, B360 and H310 motherboards by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
This would mean that processors like the Intel Core i7-7700K are only going to be 9 months in the market as the top of the range below $430. The reasons for having this launch advanced could be the concern with regards to the power-price relationship of AMD Ryzen, especially with the Ryzen 7, being also more energy efficient. In addition, AMD will launch its high-performance X399 platform for AMD Ryzen with 16-core processors.