These new chips will be the successors of Kaby Lake, and will be the third consecutive launch using a 14-nanometer manufacturing process, after Skylake and Kaby Lake already use it. A new report is shedding light on the processors Intel is preparing for the Cupertino giant's upcoming all-in-one desktop computers. For instance, the AMD Ryzen 7 line competes with the Intel Core i7, the Ryzen 5 with the Intel Core i5 and the budget-priced Ryzen 3 with Intel's Core i3. It also finally debuts AMD's Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) technology, which is similar to Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, where two threads are utilised per core. Chipzilla's standard desktop lineup has been rattled by AMD's new chips, which offer higher core counts and better performance in many workloads for significantly less money.
Intel is feeling the pressure of AMD's successful Ryzen CPU launch and is bringing its own product refreshes forward, according to a report from Taiwanese supply chain tracker Digitimes. Both the 1700X and 1800X have a TDP of 95W, while the regular 1700 is rated at 65W. Now, it appears like the company is now preparing its Ryzen 5 1600X processor up for launch.
Intel also plans to unveil its Basin Falls platform, with Skylake-X and Kaby Lake-X processors at Computex 2017, which takes place from May 30 to June 3, which is two months earlier than originally scheduled.
After gaming, the next big growth market for AMD's high-end Ryzen 1800X and Naples CPUs is the workstation market. And given that the Kaby Lake CPU offering doesn't really offer much of a performance improvement over 2015's Skylake, gamers might well choose an AMD processor and motherboard for their next upgrade. Note though that you'll need a very specific usage scenario to pick-up the 1800X so we'd suggest doing proper research before forking over cash simply because its a "good deal". It will likely receive most of the demand for its high-end Ryzen CPUs from gamers.
This would mean that processors like the Intel Core i7-7700K are only going to be 9 months in the market as the top of the range below $430.