Intel hastens CPU and platform updates due to AMD pressure

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Just a short time after its launch, AMD's flagship desktop-class processor, the Ryzen 7 1800X has received a price drop, giving it an even better value than what critics and reviewers were previously praising it for from a price/performance ratio.

To sum it all, AMD Ryzen 5 has reportedly outscored its Intel counterparts Core i3 and Core i5 because of its excellence performance in multi-threaded workloads. Skylake-X will supposedly be available in 6, 8, and 10-core flavors. Therefore all the Skylake-X based models will feature a TDP of 140W, while the Kaby Lake-X chips are supposed to have a TDP of 112W.

Intel will be hoping to re-establish its dominance which has been threatened by AMD's current highest-end CPU, the octa-core Ryzen R7 1800X. How Kaby Lake-X would distance itself from the X270 variant is yet to be determined.

Taiwan's Digitimes, which appears to have good sources at local PC contract manufacturers and motherboard makers, reported on Wednesday that Intel plans to unveil its new high-end Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X high-end CPUs - part of a new platform called Basin Falls - at the Computex trade show, which runs in Taipei from May 30 to June 3. These will still be manufactured on the 14nm process, becoming the fourth 14nm generation. Practically, this would seem to point to a few percentage points more clock speed. The first three CPUs will be based on the Skylake architecture while the last one, the quad-core, will use Kaby Lake as a basis. This would likely be along the lines of a 4.4GHz base clock with a 4.6 - 4.7GHz Turbo, as opposed to a 4.2GHz base and 4.5GHz Turbo like the Core i7-7700K features.

COMPUTER CHIP FORERUNNERS AMD and Intel are the tech industry's longest-standing rivals when it comes to semiconductors.

Coffee Lake chips appropriate for Apple machines were originally set to launch somewhere around the second quarter of 2018, so if rumors of Intel's updated timeline are true, the launch could be moved forward to either late 2017 or early in 2018. Why buy a Kaby Lake-X at all? In the months following Intel will roll out more CPUs plus chipsets such as H370, B360 and H310 versions. Either way, we'll know soon.

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