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Intel is killing its Kaby Lake-X processors after less than a year

By Koh Wanzi - on 2 May 2018, 11:53am

Intel is killing its Kaby Lake-X processors after less than a year

Image Source: Intel

Intel’s Kaby Lake-X processors were a puzzling affair right from the start. They launched alongside the chipmaker’s Skylake-X chips last year, but they were mere quad-core parts that – save for a small speed boost – didn’t seem tangibly better than the more mainstream Kaby Lake processors.

Nevertheless, they still demanded to be paired with pricey Intel X299 motherboards, which cost quite a bit more than their Z370 counterparts. Even then, they still weren’t able to take advantage of the full features of the X299 chipset, and you were left with support for less RAM, dual-channel memory, and fewer PCIe lanes from the CPU.

To make matters worse, Intel then went on to launch the 6-core/12-thread Core i7-8700K in October, effectively rendering Kaby Lake-X obsolete.

Intel is now taking the most logical step regarding these chips. The company has announced plans to discontinue its Kaby Lake-X processors, namely the Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X, less than a year after they were first launched.

Kaby Lake-X will not be supported by Intel’s upcoming X399 platform for high-end desktops, and PC makers and resellers who still want the chips will have to order them by 30 November 2018.

According to Intel, it will ship the last Kaby Lake-X chips by 31 May 2019.

Source: Intel