It appears as if Intel has been forced to drastically accelerate its plans  to release its Intel X299 HEDT platform on the LGA2066 socket (Socket R4). The platform will be supported by Intel Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors, new extreme high-end chips. Intel X299 was originally scheduled to launch in early August, however it now looks as if Intel has rushed it forwards to the first week of June, presumably in anticipation of AMD’s competing HEDT 16-core ThreadRipper processor.

The new data lines up perfectly with the Computex event which takes place from May 31st - June 3rd, 2017. It’s at this event that AMD is also rumoured to be revealing its own HEDT Ryzen chips and launch its eagerly anticipated Radeon RX Vega GPUs.

As for what Intel’s HEDT chips consist of, a total of four processors are incoming. The Kaby Lake-X CPU will be a quad-core, multi-threaded CPU with 112W TDP. This is the weakest of the bunch and it’s probably designed just to fill in at the entry level for an X299 motherboard.

The other three will all be Skylake X and with 140W TDP, split between 10-core, 8-core and 6-core CPUs. Intel is reportedly ready to rock with these processors and motherboard manufacturers are already getting Intel X299 boards ready in anticipation of the launch.

Confusingly, AMD’s own HEDT 16-core and 12-core ‘ThreadRipper’ Ryzen CPUs are rumoured to be on the similarly named X399 platform. If AMD can get out there first it can essentially park the ‘Xx99’ name as its own. Up until now, Intel has had AMD beat on performance while losing out on price. With word of a 16-core monster from AMD these roles could well be reversed in the coming months.

Is it panic stations at Intel HQ? Or do you think the Blue Team has plenty more in the tank to combat AMD? Let us know!

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