Intel Kaby Lake Gaming Performance, Do You Really Need to Upgrade?

By   /   Jan 6, 2017
Kaby Lake

Despite the fact that Kaby Lake is faster than Skylake, it has no practical significance over the latter one when it comes to gaming.

According to PCGamer’s Kaby Lake overclocking tests, the new chips generally get an extra 200-300 MHz as compared to Skylake which basically amounts to 3-4 percent performance increase – something not achievable in games.

Skylake to Kaby Lake – Gaming Improvements

The review states that the new entry-level K-series chip i.e. i3-7350K can easily handle games, but the price becomes a huge factor. Keeping this in view, getting an i5-6500 or the new i5-7500 coupled with a less expensive H170/H270 motherboard makes more sense as opposed to an overclocked i3-7350K with Z270.

To top it off, the K-series CPUs also require a good enough aftermarket heatsink which can go from $30 USD to $100 USD, depending upon your budget of course. In conclusion, while overclocking is generally easier than ever before, the potential gains have mitigated quite a lot as noted by Jared Walton of PCGamer:

Overclocking is easier now than it’s ever been, but the potential gains have shrunk to the point where running stock doesn’t mean you give up on a lot of ‘free’ performance.

However, if you are not already running Skylake and want to build from scratch – and with Kaby Lake that is – you have to decide whether the additional 200-300 MHz are worth your investment.

As for motherboard, ASUS recently unveiled ROG Maximus IX Formula which is a great option for the average consumer as it comes with a ton of features and customizations options aimed at the average consumer and not just the overclocking enthusiasts. To find out more, head over to the post!