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Intel’s secret 7th-generation desktop CPU lineup leaks ahead of CES 2017

Although over the last several weeks there have been whispers of a possibility that Intel will reveal its seventh-generation Kaby Lake-S desktop processors before the CES 2017 convention in early January, a new report states that the lineup will be publicly announced during the show. The processors will be officially introduced following a closed news conference on January 4 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The conference will take place from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The news stems from a recent leak that provided those dates along with the entire list of seventh-generation desktop processors that will be announced on January 5. They will be accompanied by the new Intel 200 Series chipsets for motherboards that will support the new processors. The list of leaked processors is rather long, consisting of 16 CPUs that includes the Xeon E3-1205 v6, three Core i7 chips, seven Core i5 models, two Core i3 units, and three Pentium processors.

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Here are the first eight on the leaked lineup:

Model Cores/Threads Base Speed L3 Cache TDP Socket Price
Xeon E3-1205 v6 4/8 3.0GHz 8MB TBD TBD TBD
Core i7-7700K 4/8 4.2GHz 8MB 95 watts LGA1151 $349
Core i7-7700 4/8 3.6GHz 8MB 65 watts LGA1151 $309
Core i7-7700T 4/8 2.9GHz 8MB 35 watts LGA1151 TBD
Core i5-7600K 4/4 3.8GHz 6MB 95 watts LGA1151 $239
Core i5-7600 4/4 3.5GHz 6MB 65 watts LGA1151 $219
Core i5-7600T 4/4 2.8GHz 6MB 35 watts LGA1151 TBD
Core i5-7500 4/4 3.4GHz 6MB 65 watts LGA1151 $199

The upcoming desktop CPUs will support Intel’s Optane storage technology that relies on its 3D XPoint memory, which promises to be 1,000 times faster than the current NAND technology used in solid-state disks and other flash-based storage. The new desktop processors will also support HDCP 2.2, hardware-based encoding and decoding of H.264, HEVC Main, and VP9 video codecs. The integrated graphics are better too compared to the older sixth-generation Skylake processors.

Now here is the full leaked list of the Intel 200 Series chipsets that will be announced at the show:

Chipset Socket Stepping Product Code S-Spec
Intel C422 TBD A0 GL82C422 SR2WG
Intel X299 TBD A0 GL82X299 SR2Z2
Intel Z270 LGA1151 A0 GL82Z270 SR2WB
Intel H270 LGA1151 A0 GL82H270 SR2WA
Intel Q270 LGA1151 A0 GL82Q270 SR2WE
Intel B250 LGA1151 A0 GL82B250 SR2WC
Intel Q250 LGA1151 A0 GL82Q250 SR2WD

Intel’s 200 Series chipsets bring new technologies to Intel-based motherboards. Some of the features include support for up to 10 USB 3.0 ports, support for up to 24 PCI Express 3.0 and six SATA 3.0 high-speed I/O lanes, support for Intel’s Optane technology, and the addition of Intel Rapid Storage Technology 15 and Intel RST PCI Express Storage x4 Generation 3. Intel’s RealSense and Ready Mode technologies are also supported.

The leak should be no surprise given that secrets can never be kept from the internet. How the information was obtained is unknown at the point, so the two lists need to be regarded as rumor and speculation until Intel reveals the whole lineup during CES 2017. There is a good chance Intel will conduct a private meeting with a few specific sites as a pre-briefing before the press conference, so we may hear more about the new processors over the next several weeks.

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