Kaby Lake-X was supposed to be the buy-in buyer with a limited budget in the HEDT (high-end desktop) ecosystem created for demanding users who want to take full advantage of Intel's multi-core processors
Taken without modification from the LGA-1151 mainstream platform and adapted for use with more expensive LGA-2066 socket motherboards, the Kaby Lake-X kernel retained the quad-core configuration and dual-channel memory controller, the resulting processors being noticed by technical limitations rather than the performances offered. For example, although Intel's Kaby Lake-X Core i7-7740X and Core i5-7640X processors have a graphical interface, they could not be accessed with the LGA-2066 motherboards, denying users and using the technology Quick Sink to speed up video compression tasks. But the list of restrictions does not stop here, just half of the RAM memory slots offered by LGA-2066 cards running in the presence of Kaby Lake-X processors
However, the Kaby Lake-X series processors were more expensive than the LGA-1151 socket LGA-1151, Intel hoping that future buyers will only use the Core-X processors at prices ranging from $ 1999 in the i9-7980XE 18 cores
For Intel, the awakening to reality came with AMD's disclosure of the Ryzen processor range, with a comparatively superior price performance ratio. Intel's response was the Coffee Lake processor range (Hexa-core, LGA-1151), offering superior performance to the Kaby Lake series at a comparable price
With a mere 11 months, Kaby Lake-X remains one of the most inappropriate Intel processor families in the company's history, the existence of which can be justified only by the desire to complete a catalog of products as bulkier, ignoring the expectations potential buyers.