Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

Rumor: Intel Will Launch Coffee Lake, Basin Falls Earlier Than Expected

With the release of AMD Ryzen 7 last March 2 and Ryzen 5 series last week, and the impending release of the cheapest Ryzen 3 series by H2, Intel is cramming to get back into the market with its version of powerful processors.

As PC World stressed, the $30 price slash to the low-priced yet top-of-the-line AMD Ryzen 7 1800X is arguably one of the best tech deals we've had in a long while.

Amazon slashed $30 off the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X's $500 price tag making it even more affordable than it already is.

On the other hand, the Kaby Lake-X series will reportedly have a 112 W quad-core processor, and rumors suggest that it'll come with integrated graphics able to run on the X299 platform, marking it the first time for Intel to ever release a quad-core chip with graphics. The enthusiast-grade Ryzen processors will be capable of processing 32 threads and will be paired with AMD's X399 chipset.

The report comes about six weeks after AMD launched its high-end Ryzen 7 desktop CPUs, based on its new Zen CPU core architecture. Intel is reportedly planning to launch its high-end 12-core Skylake-X chip in August.

Nevertheless, the Ryzen 7 1800X is an impressive chip that will serve most users well. The processors that Intel is believed to be showcasing at the event are the Skylake-X and the Kaby Lake-X. Now, it appears like the company is now preparing its Ryzen 5 1600X processor up for launch. The image below, originally by BenchLife, claims to show the standard platform - but the diagram makes the Kaby Lake-X look like a complete waste of a product, given that it's limited to two channels of DDR4 and just 16 lanes of PCIe 3.0. Check out our full discussion of gaming and Ryzen from early March for more details. It's expected to deliver marginal performance improvements, possibly similar to the ones Intel gained from Kaby Lake. So, it is a matter of time to have optimizations for Ryzen CPUs.

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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.

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