Intel Kaby Lake announced as the 7th generation Core processor
Sep 01 2016
Though Kaby Lake is technically a "Tock" in Intel's new "Tick-Tock-Tock" node shrink cycle, the improvements brought by the 7th generation processors look to be ideal for the new platform, and we can hope the company continues to iterate on these new optimizations in further releases.
Intel has officially launched its brand new 7th Gen Core series of processors, popularly referred to by their codename Kaby Lake.
Intel has launched on Tuesday, August 30, its 7th Core generation processor Kaby Lake that promises some incredible video optimizations and a bump in performance.
Intel also says gamers will see a threefold improvement in graphics compared to a five-year-old PC, meaning you can play popular games like Overwatchanytime and anywhere on a thin, light laptop. Find us on Facebook too!
At this point very little is known about the Kaby Lake enthusiast chips for desktops and notebooks, including which socket and chipset the CPUs will use.
The biggest gains for 4K consumption will be for owners of laptops and tablets, with Regis promising all-day battery life when streaming 4K content. Intel says that your device will be able to stream 4K video for up to 9.5 hours on a single charge, delivering 1.75 times longer video battery life than Skylake. Kaby Lake incorporates dedicated hardware channels for HEVC 10-bit and VP9 video codecs, making for extremely efficient 4K rendering and editing. Earlier, the Kaby Lake was supposed to be on the 10nm process but the cooling PC market and the possibly some delays on the newer manufacturing process forced Intel to stick to the 14nm for one more generation. They will be specially marked with labels identifying them as 7th generation chips. There is a combined total of six members in Kaby Lake-U and Kaby Lake-Y lineup.
But a change in Intel's process is looming over this generation, and it's going to put a lot of pressure on it. Starting in 2007, Intel employed the Tick-Tock model, where the company would produce an architecture, then shrink it down, then produce a new architecture at that size, repeating the process every year or two.
According to Intel, the Kaby Lake processor will bring performance improvements and efficiency. Let us know in the comments if the performance and power efficiency improvements promised by Kaby Lake could push you to upgrade your current PC in the coming months.
Along with the usual Intel bells and whistles, Kaby Lake will support PCIe Gen 3.0, which offers higher bandwidth when compared to the previous iteration (8GT/s vs 5GT/s).