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7th Gen Intel Core CPUs - new updates on speeds & feeds

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by Kevin Jacoby on 11/09/2016
Blog Category: Devices

The 7th Gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” desktop processors are set to arrive in early 2017. This much we learned from Intel’s announcement at IDF earlier this year. But we did not get many details on the processor architecture. Until now, that is.

A recently leaked Product Change Notification (PCN) provides some hard data on the speeds and feeds of Intel’s upcoming launch.

As you may know, Kaby Lake is the 7th generation of Intel’s now ubiquitous Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. It’s also the follow-up to Intel’s critically acclaimed Skylake series. These 7th Gen processors, like their recently released mobile counterparts, are based on a 14-nanometer lithography.

The 7th Gen Intel Core processor family

The 7th Gen Intel Core Processors promise faster graphics.

But without a significant advance in microarchitecture design, a processor iteration is capable of offering only so much additional speed. Such is the case with Kaby Lake. Its top-of-the-line i7-7700K will offer a base frequency of 4.2 GHz, which is just 200 MHz faster than the previous-generation Skylake’s top of the line at 4.0 GHz. Indeed, all Kaby Lake chips — there will be at least 11 quad-core processors in all — will each show a similar increase of just 0.1 to 0.3 GHz over their predecessors.

Similarly, Kaby Lake’s thermal dynamics will likely be the same as the 6th Gen Intel Core processors. But we can expect to see higher turbo boost speeds, bigger caches, and native support for USB 3.1, HDCP 2.2 and Thunderbolt 3.

Graphics Power

The new 7th gen processors will likely come with significantly more graphics power, too. When Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off Kaby Lake mobile processors at IDF, he made special mention of video handling, which showed a big improvement over Skylake. Of particular note was the demonstration of real-time 4K video editing on a laptop, an impressive feat by any measure.

Intel is also bringing its latest Speed Shift technology to Kaby Lake. Speed Shift controls adjustments in CPU frequency, bringing more power to bear on demand. Skylake processors needed 30 ms. to reach maximum frequency, and Kaby Lake’s Version 2 cuts that time in half.

Join our 7th Gen Social Chat on Nov. 17

Of course, leaked spec sheets are all fine and well, but wouldn’t you rather get your details directly from Intel?

Well, now you can. You’re invited to join Business Compute Forum’s next live solution-provider chat on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET.

The topic will be the 7th Gen Intel Core processors. And our guest speaker will be David Bradshaw, a PC channel product marketing manager at Intel.

During this live and interactive chat, David will answer your questions about the 7th Gen Intel Core processors, including specs, benefits, processor roadmap, and OEM devices.

Also, Business Compute Forum will give an Amazon gift card valued at $100 to one of the chat participants, and you could be the lucky winner!

So mark your calendar for this live chat on Nov. 17, and register now to join us.

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