The last couple of years there has been a ton of new competition in the CPU space – and has rekindled the endless war of AMD versus Intel. Enter Skylake-X, Intel's answer to AMD's hugely successful Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs.
First a little background story. In 2017 AMD unveiled its Ryzen line of CPU & # 39; s and completely ignored Intel. For a minute no one knew how Intel would respond. There were rumors that Intel would announce Cannon Lake at Computex 2017, but that did not happen. Instead, Intel announced a new line of Core i9 processors aimed at regaining the business market.
And for a large part it succeeded. Intel launched the Core i9-7980XE at Computex 2017, and although we all knew this was going to happen, we were still impressed by the beastly performance – even though it was at a price that was prohibitive to say the least. It is not over yet. Intel's latest roadmap suggests that Skylake-X is going nowhere and we'll refresh a HEDT & # 39; Basin Falls & # 39; see appear. We will also get a 28-core HEDT Skylake-X A-series processor by the end of the year.
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Cut to the chase
- What is it? Intel & # 39; s high-end enterprise processors
- When is it out? June 2017
- What does it cost? From $ 389 (£ 329, AU $ 519) to $ 1,979 (£ 1,649, AU $ 2,729)
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Intel released the low-end Skylake-X processors immediately after their announcement on Computex 2017 with the Core i7-7800X, Core i7-7820X and Core i9-7900X. All of which were released on June 19, 2017.
Intel did not stop there either, and spent three more processors at the enterprise level in the Core i9-7920X, Core i9-7940X and Core i9-7960X, which were released in September 2017. Finally, Intel released the beast itself, the Core i9-7980XE at the end of September, absolutely blowing away the competition.
And now that Kaby Lake-X chips are something – or, as a thing they killed without mercy – you might think that all the fun ended with the 7980XE. However, Skylake-X is not dead yet. The latest Intel roadmap shows a launch of the Basin Falls Refresh at the end of 2018, which will contain even better HEDT chips, including the 28-core A-Series colossus we saw at Computex 2018.
The biggest thing that contains Intel Skylake-X chips from a simple recommendation is their price – they are some of the most expensive consumer CPUs you can buy nowadays. If you want to get a Core i9 processor for your latest build, you may have to sell your car first, because it starts around $ 999 (about £ 750, AU $ 1,340).
Now the Core i7 Skylake X processors are a bit more reasonable, but you still pay to adopt a high-end platform, so do not expect to base your budget building on Skylake-X. Below are the prices for all Skylake X processors currently available.
- Intel Core i7-7800X: $ 383 (£ 329, AU $ 519)
- Intel Core i7-7820X: $ 589 (£ 509, AU $ 799)
- Intel Core i9-7900X: $ 989 (£ 819, AU $ 1,309)
- Intel Core i9-7920X: $ 1,189 (£ 990, AU $ 1,589)
- Intel Core i9-7940X: $ 1,387 (£ 1,099, AU $ 1,899)
- Intel Core i9-7960X: $ 1,684 (£ 1,399, AU $ 2,279)
- Intel Core i9-7980XE: $ 1,979 (£ 1,649, AU $ 2,729)
With regard to the Basin Falls Refresh chips that will be released later this year, we do not know the prices yet. However, we know that the 28-core A-Series chip will be extremely expensive – building a PC with that embedded CPU will probably bring you back $ 10,000.
Here, Intel bends its silicon muscles with Skylake-X. If you have the money, you will find it difficult to find better performance from a consumer CPU. At least, until the CPU's Intel and AMD had proven themselves Computex 2018 to put into the market.
With the Skylake-X Core i9 processors you pay for core counts that, frankly, are bananas. Starting with the Core i9-7900X, you get 10 cores with 20 threads – clocked at 3.3 GHz with a boost clock of 4.3 GHz and a 13.75 MB L3 cache. Even at the baseline, the Core i9 processors are overkill for everything like gaming.
From here it will only get better. The Core i9-7920X contains 12 cores and 24 threads with a core clock of 2.9 GHz that turbo's up to 4.3 GHz – with an even more impressive 16.5 MB L3 cache. Then you have the Core i9-7940X with 14 cores and 28 threads, with a core clock of 3.1 GHz and an up to 4.3 GHz. This is crowned with a whopping 19.25 MB L3 cache.
When you reach the top of the Core i9 stack, you get processors that defy physics. The Core i9-7960X has 16 cores, 32 threads, a 4.2 GHz boost clock and 22 MB L3 cache. And if that is still not enough, the top-of-the-line Core i9-7980XE comes with 18 cores and 36 threads, clocked at 2.6 GHz with a 4.2 GHz boost clock.
Keep in mind, however, that the Core i9 processors do not come with a heat sink in the box. However, if you use this high-end platform, you probably still use an aftermarket cooler, so no major loss.
Intel is planning to deliver these HEDT chips soon, and with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX we can not blame it. We do not know any real specifications yet. We know that the top-end will be filled with a 28-core, 56-thread A-series chip that could be overclocked at 5 GHz at Computex on Computex – but that's all we know now.
If these absurd high-end processors are a bit out of your reach, there are still some good-performing Skylake-X processors that do not cost as much as your car.
Two Skylake-X Core i7 processors are available in the Core i7-7800X and the Core i7-7820X. Although they do not reach the same height as their Core i9 counterparts, they are still worth chips. The Core i7-7800X is equipped with 6 cores and 12 wires, clocked at 3.5 GHz with a turbo boost of 4.0 GHz. The Core i7-7820X is much stronger, with 8 cores and 16 threads, clocking at 3.6 GHz and increasing to 4.3 GHz.
Now we recommend going for the majority of average users for the Core i7-7800X or the Core i7-7820X. However, as you can see above, Intel Skylake-X offers huge amounts of computing power when your workload demands it – as long as you have the budget to support it.