Intel Discontinues Kaby Lake-X Processors

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Not only was Kaby Lake X a poor value, Intel went off and obsoleted them hard with the Coffee Lake CPUs. Why would ANYONE buy a 4c/8t CPU on an EXPENSIVE platform, when you could buy a 6c/8t chip on a more mainstream platform that has better IPC and can pretty much match the more expensive chip in clock speeds? Kaby Lake X barely made sense when it launched and now makes absolutely no sense what so ever. It will not be missed.
 

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Honestly it still makes as much sense now as it did at launch....zero. Even before Coffee Lake, the idea of anyone buying Kaby-Lake X as a way to get into the Enthusiast platform in order to then buy a true Enthusiast CPU later was silly. Wait another month or two to save the extra $50 to buy a Skylake-X chip instead of throwing $200 - $300 away on a "temporary" solution. If the price difference between Kaby Lake X chips and low end Skylake X chips were bigger....that may have been viable for some....but when the msrps are so close....it's a sucker buy.
 
I always thought it seemed backwards to have Skylake-X be the high end and Kaby the low. You would think that Kaby would be the high end as it was "newer" and supposedly had improvements.

Kind of revealed how little to no difference there was between the generations.
 

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One of Intel's terribly bad platforms in terms of just about everything!
- You'd think that high end CPU's get soldered at least. Oh wait, that's a no, we'll continue with the cheap colgate TIM instead. 2nd in class in terms of quality, which is a shame. Looks like its too much to ask to reach into their bottomless pit of cash and at least build some quality products. Pitiful....
- 10core and higher chips are mini nuclear power plants. Just throw a quick Prime95 test and watch em melt and throttle at 90-100C.
- You get what 44 PCI lanes in comparison to TR's 64? You pay more for their platforms, but you get less. That's a no, followed by another no.
- You pay another $100 for raid keys? Are you KIDDING me??? While AMD offers theirs for free!
- Lowest i5 and 7740X make no sense to even exist on a HEDT platform. O M G...
- Requires top of the line water cooling, escalating unnecessary costs just to deal with the hideous thermals.
The list goes on and on and on. And I'm starting to get a headache... There's good reason why Amazon is listing the TR1950X outselling any of Intel's HEDT parts. It just makes far more sense.
 

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Obviously they wanted to milk individuals as much they could by selling obsolete components at premium price for barely some stuff added.
 

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I’m still on x99 with my 6850k, with 40 pcie lanes on the cheap versus entry level 40+ lanes on x299. Intel messed up big in my opinion on x299. Until they have more cores and more pcie lanes for less coin, I’m sticking with x99.... or possibly going team red at some point.
 

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Yup, good riddance to a product that never really made sense and shouldn't have existed in the first place. I wonder how many thousands of these were actually sold. Intel may have made a net loss on them.
 

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Still rocking Z68 and X79 in my rigs along with them holding within 5-10fps of even the best game benches in 1440p/4k. Unless Intel can give a credible value vs. performance again I'm probably building AMD when I do need to make a new rig.
 
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