Intel 12-Core / 24-Thread HEDT Skylake Processor Confirmed, Debut at Intel Keynote

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 04/21/17 07:35PM EDT

Intel will come up with a 12-core Skylake processor. This is the latest revelation from Chinese website Bench Life suggesting that that Client Computing Group (CCG) General Manager and Senior Vice President Navin Shenoy will take the center stage at Computex 2017 and announce that there will be, in fact, a fifth SKU chipset based on Basin Falls coming this June.

Intel 12-Core Skylake

AMD Ryzen may have shaken the foundation of Intel's plan, thus, pushed the plan much earlier. So instead of coming up with four (4) SKUs, which, based from the leaked Product Introduction Date will be shown this coming May 30, 2017, there will now be five (5) SKUs based on Basin Falls - four (4) Skylake and one (1) Kaby Lake models as reported by WCCFTech.

What Went Before

Back in February, WCCFTech reported that there will be four (4) SKUs coming up this year. Three of these SKUs will come from Skylake - 10-core, 8-core, and 6-core, while the fourth will come from Kaby Lake - 4-core model. All four SKUs will be marketed as Core i7-7000 series processors. However, the Skylake processors will feature 140W TDP, while the Kaby Lake will have 112W, but all of them will utilize the 14nm process node.

Back then, it was hinted that Intel might also come up with a 12-core model. However, speculations are too early and the testing would require a few months at the very least, not to mention production and marketing. But should this be the case, a 12-core model will also be using the Intel enthusiast LGA 2066 socket.

LGA 2066 Socket

High-end desktops (HEDTs) using the Basin Falls platform uses Socket R4, also known as the LGA 2066 socket. Skylake is said to have quad channel DDR4 memory up to 2667MHz in 1DPC mode and up to 2400MHz in 2DPC mode. Kabylake, meanwhile, will have dual channel DDR4. The Kaby Lake Platform Controller Hub (PCH) will have 8 SATA Gen3, 10 USB 3.0 ports and connected via 4 DMI 3.0 lanes to the processor.

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