Intel announced Kaby Lake on August 30, 2016. It is a codename for processor microarchitecture. Kaby Lake is the successor of Skylake which si developed using a 14 nanometer manufacturing process technology. Breaking with Intel’s earlier ‘tick-tock’ design and manufacturing model, it represents the optimized step of the newer process model which is called ‘process-architecture-optimization’. Kaby Lake desktop chips were officially launched after six months of announcement.

Kaby Lake Processor Features

Know that Kaby Lake is the first Intel processor that lacks driver support for all Windows version except Windows 10. Yes, this was shocking but true. However, after some time they release a patch of it.

Development History

Kaby Lake is developed by Intel’s Israeli team, based in Haifa. It is the same team who developed previous Intel processors like Skylake, Ivy Bridge, Conroe, Dothan, Banias, and 8088.

Ran Senderovitz, Intel Israel Development Centers manager said: “When we started out on the project, we were only thinking about basic improvements from the previous generation. But we began looking at things differently with a lot of innovation and determination and we achieved major improvements.”

He further added that the Kaby Lake process is improved by 19% for internet and 12% for applications in comparison to the predecessor.

Kaby Lake Processor Features

Kaby Lake processor is built on an advanced 14FF+ (14 nm) process. Kaby Lake processor features clock speed changes, higher turbo frequencies, and faster CPU clock speeds.

Some more changes have been added in comparison to Skylake like little of the CPU architecture, clock and process speed changes etc. this results in Identical Instructions Per Clock (IPC).

Kaby Lake processor features a new graphics architecture too, it is responsible for improving the 4K video playback and 3D graphics.

It adds native HDCP 2.2 support along with fixed function decode of HEVC Main & Main 10/10-bit, H.264, 8-bit and VP9 10-bit video. Hardware encoding is supported for HEVC Main 10/10-bit, H.264, 8-bit and VP9 10-bit video.

Another noted feature of Kaby Lake is hyper-threading. It is the first Core architecture that supports such advance thing for the Pentium-branded desktop CPU SKU. Apart from it, it also loaded with i3 branded CPU overclocking.

Kaby Lake Processor Features

Kaby Lake Processor Specification

Kaby Lake features almost the same CPU core as the Skylake but still, it gives you some more power and here are some of the notable ones.

  • On some CPUs models, it will provide you with faster clock speeds.
  • Faster clock speed changes.
  • It takes less time to transmit from one frequency to another.
  • Enhanced graphics core
  • Higher GPU clock speeds
  • Up to 16 PCI Express 3.0 Lanes from the CPU and 24 PCI Express 3.0 lanes from PCH
  • Intel Optane Memory storage caching support.

Kaby Lake Processor Price

There are more than 30 processors so here we are mentioning the price of the major ones only.

Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Processor $378.00
Intel® Core™ i7-7700 Processor $303.00 – $312.00
Intel® Core™ i7-7700K Processor $339.00 – $350.00
Intel® Core™ i7-7700T Processor $303.00 – $312.00

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