Kaby Lake has overflowed onto the internet

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2015 - 03:55 PM |
Tagged: Skylake, LGA 1151, leak, kaby lake, intel 200, Intel, cannon lake

Benchlife.info got hold of two slides from an Intel presentation for Kaby Lake which cover some of the features you can expect to find on the new processor family.  As with all leaks you should ensure you take a dosage of Sodium Chloride while looking through the information.

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The Intel 200 chipset will provide up to 30 PCIe lanes, 24 of which can be dedicated to PCIe slots and another half dozen for SATA 6Gbps.  The chipset can also manage up to 10 USB 3.0 ports though do not expect to see all of these present on a board at the same time, there is only so much bandwidth to go around, as M.2 slots were not mentioned and will also share the PCIe pool.  If you are wondering what Intel Optane Technology is you can be forgiven as apparently calling it NVME support would be too easy.

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As for the processor, it will remain LGA 1151 with power ranging from 35W to 95W which means it should be compatible with existing boards, assuming a UEFI update is released.  The processor will support hardware acceleration for 10-bit VP9 playback and 10-bit HVEC encoding, as well as supporting 5K video at 30Hz and 60Hz, impressive for an onboard GPU.  The processors will be unlocked and have enhanced BCLK overclocking as well.  As you would expect the CPU is ready for NVMe, Thunderbolt 3 and even Intel RealSense.  Follow the link if you want to give your translator program a workout.

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November 16, 2015 | 05:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The 5K display support details seem wrong, I suspect that it should have read 5K@30hz w/two display and 5K@60Hz for 1 display

November 16, 2015 | 06:10 PM - Posted by Kusanagi (not verified)

Its most likely correct. It's probably Tiled 5K or something.

November 16, 2015 | 06:18 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I didn't elaborate since there seemed to be some info missing about how it displays 5K ... stay tuned to this bat channel for more

November 17, 2015 | 09:15 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

" If you are wondering what Intel Optane Technology is you can be forgiven as apparently calling it NVME support would be too easy."

Uh, isn't Optane Intel's branding for 3D X-point memory?

Seems a bit bizarre to add so many PCIe 3.0 lanes to the chipset, and then continue to bottleneck the link between the CPU and chipset over DMI 3.0 (effectively a 4x PCIe 3.0 link).

November 17, 2015 | 12:01 PM - Posted by Grov (not verified)

yup, Optane is Intel's rebranding for 3D X-point memory.

November 17, 2015 | 12:42 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Yup, Intel's Non-Volatile Memory.

November 19, 2015 | 10:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Which is not the same as NVMe. NVMe is a drive interface protocol (successor to AHCI), Intel Optane is a specific brand of memory (whose interface, both PHY and protocol, is as yet unknown).

November 19, 2015 | 12:25 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

Yup, totally getting my acronyms utterly screwed up.  Soon I will forget what I know and what I don't know.

November 19, 2015 | 07:06 PM - Posted by Casper042 (not verified)

It doesn't matter for the near term anyway since Intel and Micron haven't even announced what products they will be making with Optane.

They could go with an Intel 750 on crack, or they could (mostly in the servermarket) build a competitor to SanDisk's Diablo NVDIMMs.

Right now its just too early to tell.

November 17, 2015 | 11:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So does that mean Intel's octane is taped out? Should we expect products to start hitting benches sometime in 2016 or is it still a 2020 expectation?

November 18, 2015 | 11:52 AM - Posted by John H (not verified)

Optane support.. if it means higher bandwidth than M.2.. will finally make this platform worth considering over a Sandy Bridge platform.

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