Intel has remarkably come to the decision that it will soon retire its Kaby Lake-X lineup of processors. For those who may not be aware, Kaby Lake-X processors consists of the Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X – both of which were introduced barely a year ago. The main factor that may have caused this early retirement is probably due to the low market demand for the two CPUs.
Sources have mentioned that both Kaby Lake-X processors will be categorised under Intel’s end-of-life status by 7 May 2018. That said, customers may still place orders for the Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X CPUs up to 30 November. Final shipments for Kaby Lake-X processors are planned for 31 May 2019.
While it seems rather interesting that Intel chose to retire two of its processors less than a year after their launch, it isn’t, however, surprising at all. Kaby Lake-X processors were, from the very beginning, wasn’t appealing to consumers, mainly because they offer very little advantages over other Kaby Lake-based CPUs. The fact that they require pricey X299 motherboards to work just adds to their unattractiveness.
Regardless, this just goes to show that even big companies like Intel can make mistakes along the way. Farewell Kaby Lake-X, you won’t be missed.