Intel announces Kaby Lake 7th-Generation Core processor

Intel has made some big developments with its 14nm processors, which means we have a new 7th-gen Core processor to talk about.


Intel has announced its Skylake processors will receive a mid-generational refresh in the form of Kaby Lake CPUs, which is launching under the 7th generation Core branding and promises to handle 4K video better as well as high-performance gaming.

The team at Intel have been able to draw even more out of its 14nm processors as the Kaby Lake chips deliver up to 12 percent increase in productivity performance and up to 19 percent faster web performance over its previous generation from a year ago. Premium 4K UHD content will also be supported, although Intel notes additional content announcements will be announced in the near future.

As for gaming, Intel promises a threefold improvement in graphics when compared to PCs that are at least five years old. This means gamers can expect to play popular games, like Overwatch, on thin and light laptops, although Intel doesn’t go into detail as to what kind of performance we can expect. Are we talking at 4K? 1080p? 720p? As of now, we just don’t know.

With Intel’s Kaby Lake processors being released today, PC gamers are in a weird predicament if they already run a system with a Skylake processor. They can either choose to upgrade to Kaby Lake now to receive a slight boost in gaming performance, or they can just wait for Intel’s next eventual big leap in its processors to get an even larger boost in performance.

Which route will you take? Feel free to let us know in our Chatty.

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    August 30, 2016 7:18 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Intel announces Kaby Lake 7th-Generation Core processor

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      August 30, 2016 7:24 AM

      I should sell this to my boss. "I need a CPU to achieve a 12 percent increase in productivity"

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        August 30, 2016 8:24 AM

        Doom's FPS aren't gonna increase themselves.

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      August 30, 2016 7:59 AM


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      August 30, 2016 8:39 AM


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        August 30, 2016 9:51 AM

        I wonder how soon we'll get desktop cannonlake. Could it possibly be just a year, January '18?

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        August 31, 2016 7:57 AM


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      August 30, 2016 8:40 AM

      Funny how this was announced just days before an Apple press conference.

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      August 30, 2016 9:09 AM

      As for gaming, Intel promises a threefold improvement in graphics when compared to PCs that are at least five years old.

      This line makes me want to punch the marketing douche who wrote it.

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        August 30, 2016 9:34 AM

        Oh boy, so all the gamers have a much better on-processor GPU to never use? Hot damn!

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        August 30, 2016 10:11 AM

        Actually not a bad metric considering many people are on a 5 year upgrade cycle on laptops and that space is all about intel integrated graphics

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          August 30, 2016 10:49 AM

          Yes this matters to the average corporate and laptop customer quite a bit. It doesn't matter to anybody on Shacknews whatsoever... However there's clearly more of them than us. :(

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            August 30, 2016 10:50 AM

            We are the 1%!

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              August 30, 2016 11:35 AM

              We really are in the most horrifyingly unimportant way imaginable :(

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      August 30, 2016 10:15 AM

      Had to go read some other articles to understand the announcement was strictly for the mobile chips, NOT desktop. All of the comments made in the Shacknews article are meant to relate to thin/laptop configs. Desktop will come later.

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        August 30, 2016 11:33 AM

        Kaby Lake-S (desktop) will be available week 50 of 2016. It will be pin compatible with SkyLake

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      August 30, 2016 11:54 AM

      Do we have any benchmarks? I hunger for game benchmarks!

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        August 30, 2016 11:58 AM

        Eleventy billion percent more fps in1986's Zork.

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          August 30, 2016 11:59 AM

          You know, I'd actually pay to see an article that computed this. :)

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      August 30, 2016 12:38 PM

      PC gamers are in a weird predicament if they already run a system with a Skylake processor

      That's not a weird predicament, it's the same one that happens every single time a new processor becomes available.

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      August 30, 2016 6:15 PM

      The tl;dr is that this thing is gonna be cross-shopped with Zen, and that... That could get reeeeeeal interesting

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      August 30, 2016 7:01 PM


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