Tuesday, January 3rd 2017

Intel Announces the 7th Generation Core "Kaby Lake" Desktop Processors

Intel today announced availability of its first 7th generation Core "Kaby Lake" desktop processors. All the processor SKUs being launched today are quad-core, across the company's Core i7 and Core i5 brand extensions. Leading the pack is the Core i7-7700K, priced at US $339, with a clock speed of 4.20 GHz, and 4.50 GHz Turbo Boost. This chip offers 8 MB of L3 cache, HyperThreading, and an unlocked base-clock multiplier, which enables easy overclocking. Next up, is the Core i7-7700 (non-K). This chip lacks an unlocked base-clock multiplier, and has lower clocks of 3.60 GHz, with 4.20 GHz Turbo, but offers 8 MB cache and HyperThreading. It is priced at $303.

The next chip which could interest PC enthusiasts is the Core i5-7600K. This chip features 3.80 GHz core, and 4.20 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB of L3 cache, and an unlocked base-clock multiplier, but like other Core i5 branded quad-core chips, lacks HyperThreading. It's priced at $242. The Core i5-7600 (non-K) lacks unlocked multiplier, and comes with lower clocks of 3.50 GHz core with 4.10 GHz Turbo Boost. It goes for $213. Priced below the $200 mark at $192, is the Core i5-7500, with its 3.40 GHz clock speed, and 3.80 GHz Turbo Boost. The i7-7700K and i5-7600K come with TDP rating of 95W. The non-K SKUs are rated at 65W. Intel also launched energy-efficient "T" Core i7 and Core i5 processors, with their TDP rated at just 35W.
The energy-efficient quad-core lineup is topped by the Core i7-7700T, featuring 2.90 GHz core clock speed with 3.80 GHz Turbo Boost, 8 MB L3 cache, and HyperThreading. This chip is priced at $303. Next up, is the Core i5-7600T, with 2.80 GHz core clock, 3.70 GHz Turbo Boost, 6 MB L3 cache, and lack of HyperThreading. It is priced at $213. Lastly, there's the Core i5-7500T, with 2.70 GHz core clock, and 3.30 GHz Turbo Boost, priced at $192.

All SKUs feature Intel's new HD Graphics 630 integrated graphics core, which takes up nearly 40% of the die area, and is based on the company's Gen9 architecture. It has an upgraded video acceleration engine, with support for 10-bit (HDR) HEVC and VP9 hardware acceleration, which minimizes CPU loads to save power by up to 1.75 times. It supports new DRM technologies such as the ones deployed by YouTube 4K, and the upcoming Netflix 4K service.
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