First Wave Of Intel “Kaby Lake” Desktop Processors Detailed

Intel is planning to launch its 7th generation Core “Kaby Lake” processors by Q4 of 2016. The desktop processors will be the third micro-architecture built on the 14nm process (after “Skylake” and “Broadwell”). The desktop processors will be built in the existing LGA1151 package and Intel is classifying the processors into three different categories so they are not confused.

These three categories are LGA1151-Standard Power, LGA1151-Low Power, and LGA1151-Ultra Low Power. As you can guess these categories are defined by the TDP of the chips. Standard Power chips run at 95W TDP, Low Power at 65W and Ultra Low Power at 35W.


For “Standard Power” we have the Core i7-7700K and Core i5-7600K. Both chips will feature unlocked base-clock multipliers. The i7-7700K has a clock speed of 4.20 GHz and boosts all the way up to 4.5 GHz. It also has 8 MB of L3 cache and with HyperThreading enabled 8 logical CPUs. The i5-7600K is clocked at 3.80 GHz and boosts up to 4.0 GHz, has 6 MB of L3, but lacks HyperThreading.

Moving on to the 65W “Low Power” chips there are four SKUs, all of which are quad-core parts. There is the i7-7700 (non-K), which features lower clock speeds that the i7-7700K with 3.60 GHz core clock and an unknown boost frequency, HyperThreading, and 8 MB of L3 cache. The i7-7600 is much the same with 3.50 GHz clock speeds and 6 MB of L3 cache. The i5-7500 is clocked at 3.40 GHz, and the i5-7400 at 3.30 GHz.

The 35W “Ultra Low Power” is made up of three parts. The only part that offers HyperThreading is the Core i7-7700T, which has a core clock of 2.90 MHz and 8 MB of L3 cache. The i5-7600T is clocked at 2.70 GHz with 6MB L3 cache, and the i5-7500T is clocked at 2.40 GHz with 6MB of L3 cache. All the “Ultra Low Power” chips are quad-core parts.

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