Because it launched in early March, AMD’s Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 5 households have blown holes in Intel’s midrange and high-end desktop product segments. It was solely a matter of time till Chipzilla retaliated, and a leaked slide from a German presentation means that Intel is stepping up its personal Skylake-X HEDT (Excessive Finish DeskTop) platforms.

In accordance with the leaked information, Intel will provide a top-end 12-core Core i9-7920X, with 24 threads and 16.5MB of L3 cache, with 44 PCIe three.zero lanes. Base clock and turbo frequencies are all TBD, however the chip supposedly has 16.5MB of L3 cache. The opposite chips are listed as follows:

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Authentic discussion board put up by Sweepr, picture by dooon

Core i9-7900X: 10 cores, 20 threads, three.3GHz base, four.3GHz Turbo, four.5GHz Turbo Enhance three.zero, 13.75MB of L3, 44 lanes of PCIe three.zero.

Core i9-7820X: eight cores, 16 threads, three.6GHz base, four.3GHz Turbo, four.5GHz Turbo Enhance three.zero, 11MB L3, 28 lanes of PCIe three.zero

Core i9-7800X: 6 cores, 12 threads, three.5GHz base, 4GHz Turbo, no Turbo Enhance three.zero, eight.25MB L3, 28 lanes of PCIe three.zero.

Core i7-7740Okay: four cores, eight threads, four.3GHz base, four.5GHz Turbo, no Turbo Enhance three.zero, 8MB L3, 16 lanes of PCIe three.zero.

Core i7-7640Okay: four cores, four threads, 4GHz base, four.2GHz Turbo, no Turbo Enhance three.zero, 6MB of L3 cache, 16 lanes of PCIe three.zero.

The 2 Core i7 chips could be Kaby Lake-derived whereas the remainder of the Core i9 household is predicated on Skylake-X.

No clear match with present Intel merchandise

I’m under no circumstances sure these leaks mirror the chips Intel will announce at Computex. First, there’s the quantity of L3 cache. These new cores have far much less L3 cache than any present Intel HEDT chip — Intel’s 10-core 6950X, for instance, has 25MB of L3. For the final six years, all the way in which again to the 3960X, Intel has supplied 2-2.5MB of L3 cache per CPU core within the HEDT household. These new chips slash that ratio to 1.375MB per core.

Sweepr, the Anandtech poster who leaked this data, claims that Intel has made up for the sharp L3 deficit by quadrupling the scale of its L2 cache. Whereas we’ve talked earlier than about how Intel would possibly reply to AMD’s Ryzen, there’s no method Intel might have probably made this alteration in response. Growing cache sizes with out negatively impacting cache latency is a big enterprise; Intel would have needed to do a elementary respin on Skylake to make this alteration. If these cache counts are correct, they mirror plans Intel made a 12 months or extra in the past, not any latest response to a renewed aggressive setting. And the way efficient (and the way giant) varied caches must be for optimum efficiency is partially a perform of the cache structure. Growing the L2 cache by 768KB doesn’t robotically compensate for shrinking the L3 cache.

If this leaked roadmap is true–and that’s an enormous if–it implies Intel received’t be fixing one of many synthetic segmentation boundaries that’s most irritated fanatics: the lockout on PCI Categorical lanes. If you wish to run two graphics playing cards at full x16, you need to purchase a 10-core chip to do it. Except Intel plans to considerably slash costs, that might really be a worse deal than at current. At the moment, the Core i7-6850Okay helps 40 PCI-Categorical lanes with an MSRP of $617 – $628. Intel’s 10-core processor, the 6950X, is a $1,800 core. Except Intel plans a severe value lower at this core depend, fanatics must pay prime greenback for a 32-lane resolution. Ryzen 7 doesn’t at present provide a 32-lane resolution both, although there’s hypothesis that the corporate’s rumored HEDT aggressive resolution will, when and if it’s launched.

Lastly, it’s not clear why Intel would even hassle releasing Core i7 CPUs with these specs. There’s the tiniest trace of an improve within the i7-7740Okay, with its four.3GHz base clock versus the four.2GHz base clock of the 7700Okay, however the Core i7-7640Okay isn’t an i7 in any respect. It’s nothing however an i5 with larger base clocks, and any four-core / eight-thread i7 from the previous few years will outperform it in any multi-threaded utility of notice. Releasing an entry-level HEDT “Core i7” that might assuredly be outperformed by the Core i7-4790Okay, 6700Okay, or 7700Okay isn’t one of the best ways to encourage fanatic adoption and I’m taking these rumors with a good bit of salt.

Now learn: How L1 and L2 CPU caches work, and why they’re an essential part of modern chips