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Intel is at an important crossroads for its consumer product lines. Long accused of ignoring the gaming and enthusiast markets and focusing instead on laptops and smartphones/tablets at the direct expense of the DIY user, Intel had raised prices and only shown limited ability to increase per-die performance over a fairly extended period. The release of the AMD Ryzen processor, along with the pending release of the Threadripper product line with up to 16 cores, has moved Intel into a higher gear, now more prepared to increase features, performance, and lower prices.
Today we now know that Intel is only releasing the 10-core Core i9-7900X, 8-core Core i7-7820X and 6-core Core i7-7800X and the Kaby Lake-X 4-core CPUs on June 26th. The 12-core processor will be shipping in August with the 14, 16 and 18-core expected to ship sometime in October. That leaves the 10-core/20-thread 7900X as the top end HEDT SKU from Intel for the foreseeable future but also leaves the window open for AMD to release Threadripper with 16-cores and take wind of any sails that Skylake-X might provide for Intel. (Editor’s Note: we are expecting a quad-core processor for this platform very soon and will post a review up on that ASAP.)