Most likely Skylake-EP
The first result of a 32 core Intel Xeon processor have surfaced and the leak comes from the Geekbench database. Although there isn’t a lot of information out there on this particular CPU, it can be assumed that the CPU tested was a Skylake-EP chip that was sitting on a Purley platform. The Geekbench result is pretty impressive, with the CPU hitting over 50'000 points in the multi-core benchmark.
But so could AMD
Maybe a smart marketing stunt
Finally, there is competition in the market for desktop processors again. A few days before AMD is going to launch its Ryzen processors Intel is cutting the prices of a number of processors. The price cut is not that significant yet from a consumer’s perspective it really is good to see that the market starts moving.
On Intel Optan DC P4800X
It looks like Intel is working heavily on their upcoming Optane solid state drives. According to the vendor the DC P4800X should offer 21 times the endurance compared to MLC NAND flash memory. All these new solid state drives are going to be based on the 3D X-Point to non volatile memory of which Intel is hoping that it’s going to replace a NAND flash.
Increased clock speeds
Also during their annual investors meeting Intel announced that are going to launch yet another Xeon E7 processor. This particular chip is going to be based on the Broadwell-EX architecture featuring 24 cores at the clock speed of 2.4 GHz. Apparently this being a Xeon E7 chip it’s going to be quite pricey retailing at 8898 US-Dollar a piece.
Finally some competition from AMD?
Expected in August
A few days ago according to a report from CPCHardware, Intel is currently planning to release two new Core i7 and Core i5 processors. Thanks to an update from our friends over at PCGH, both CPUs might belong to the upcoming Kaby Lake-X series. On top of that Intel will also launch their Skylake-X series CPUs during this years Gamescom in August.
Right before AMD launches Ryzen
According to a report from CPCHardware, Intel is currently planning to release two new Core i7 and Core i5 processors. These two could be the Core i7-7740K and the Core i5-7640K and Intel might already add those chips to their portfolio next week. Right now, AMD's Ryzen line up is rumored to consist of several R7, R5 and R3 CPUs. The R7 and R5 SKUs are supposed to compete against Intel’s Core i7 and Core i5 chips, while the quad core R3 series should be up against the Core i3 CPUs.
It looks like Intel is going to respond to AMD launching their Ryzen CPUs shortly. That response will include a new series of Xeon Gold line CPUs. This announcement comes right after a huge leak on AMD Ryzen CPUs and even according to Intel the upcoming AMD Ryzen R7-1800X CPU has a very good cost/performance ratio in creative and productivity applications.
A few months ago, it was reported that Intel might license AMD's iGPU technology to Intel for integration into its future processors. HardOCP's Kyle Bennet made those rumors appear in May last year reporting that Intel and AMD’s Radeon Technology Group were talking about supplying iGPUs for future Intel CPUs.
Eight new models
Intel Kaby Lake desktop and mobile processors have been available for a few weeks however the Xeon models are still missing. According to a document that appeared on CPU-World, a batch of Xeon E3-1200 v6 processors is to be available soon. So far the list includes only quad core models and six of them have Hyperthreading on board.
New HEDT chips
Launched over 10 years ago
Almost a decade ago Intel released the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor, which was the first Intel quad-core CPU for the desktop market. This being an Extreme-series chip the asking price was pretty high. However a few months later Intel released the Core 2 Quad Q6600, which also came with four cores but was much more affordable.
Almost as quick as the Intel Core i5-2500K
With the launch of Kaby Lake Intel has brought change to their Pentium lineup which includes Hyperthreading. This means there are now Pentium CPUs with two cores and four threads available for as little as 75 Euro. Thanks to Hyperthreading, the performance level of the new Intel Pentium CPUs is much closer to Intel’s Core i3 chips.
On Core i7-7700K
If you have close look at the latest Z270 motherboards from MSI, you find a knob allowing you to automatically overclock your CPU. This feature should allow novices to increase overall CPU performance, while in the background the board boosts the vCore pretty significantly to achieve these increased clock speeds.
Two cores and four threads
Big temperature gap
Intel’s Kaby Lake CPUs are finally available and meanwhile there is even whole lot of suitable Z270 motherboards available. Although the Z270 motherboards are basically a refresh it appears that some vendors are still dealing with issues every there and there. Our friends over at Gamersnexus for example have spotted some abnormal behavior regarding CPU temperatures.
Cannon Lake in action
On Intel Z270 motherboard
There have already been plenty of leaks from other websites regarding Intel’s upcoming Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake CPU. Today we can finally show some of our own tests. A few weeks ago we have started testing all the new motherboards in order to our motherboard charts as well as our Content Creation articles updated.
As fast as a Core i5-2500K