You may have had some extra cash to spend recently and decided to upgrade to a new top of the line Intel i7 processor. But hey, look, in June it won't be top of the line any more, if a leaked marketing slide is to be believed.
A slide from a German Powerpoint presentation shows Intel's planned Core X chipset lineup, which include two new Kaby Lake i7s and four new Skylake i9s. The top-of-the-line has a whopping 12 cores and 16.5 MB L3 cache. The 7920X is still in the finalization stage, as its clock and overclock speeds haven't been determined yet for its August launch.
Here are the proposed specs for the i9s and two higher-end i7s:
|Base clock (GHz)||4.0||4.3||3.5||3.6||3.3||n/a|
|Boost clock (GHz)||4.2||4.5||4.0||4.5||4.5||n/a|
|L3 cache (MB)||6||8||8.25||11||13.75||16.5|
In addition, each Skylake-X will have1 MB L2 cache, four times that of the Core i7-7700K
That's a lot of processing power on the high end, with the 7800X and 7820X looking like the most viable for super gaming rigs. It will all come down to price, however, which Intel probably won't announce until its presentation officially revealing the i9s. The i7-7700K currently runs around $300, so it wouldn't be unlikely that the starting i9s, especially the 7820K to double that. The cores and hyperthreading of the 7900X and 7920X could take it to the $900-$1,000 range.
This is all speculation at this point, and falls in line with rumors that the new chips being unveiled this year at Gamescom in Germany, but at least we have a talking point for the next generation of Intel's flagship processors.