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Intel Working on 22-Core LGA2066 and 8-Core LGA1151 Processors

It looks like Intel is ready to refresh their “Basin Falls” HEDT platform (LGA2066 client high-end desktop). They plan to do this with a new 22-core chip. This is not Skylake HCC (20 tiles, up to 18 cores), or Skylake HCC (30 tiles, up to 28 cores), but a brand new die with four more tiles than the current Skylake HCC silicon, all of which are actual cores. With this new die Intel could design 20 and 22-core SKUs made for the X299 Express chipset. This could be in direct response to AMD’s 24-core Ryzen ThreadRipper II processor, which AMD showed to beat Intel’s 18-core i9-7980X in tech demos. Remember Intel’s 28-core HEDT processor that they showed at Computex will not be compatible with LGA2066.

Intel Core i7-7740X

Intel is also putting their final touches on a new 8-core “Coffee Lake” die for the mainstream-desktop market (LGA1151, 300-series chipset). This die will have 8 cores and likely 16MB of L3 cache. It will however retain the iGPU and uncore components from the existing Coffee Lake-S die. The chip might also retain the classic “Ring Bus” design.

These new chips could launch in September of this year.

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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