Intel reveals 7th gen CPUs for Desktop & performance laptops which will come out in various variants and series. Intel has outstretched the life span of its 14nm processor size: from Broadwell to Skylake then finally to Kaby Lake. Basically, before moving ahead to 10nm processor size, Intel divided its generation of hardware upgrade into phases. Broadwell was the initiation of 14nm processor design, Skylake was an architectural redo (entirely new socket) and Kaby Lake is an optimization based generation jump.
While Intel reveals 7th gen CPUs for Desktop & performance laptops, Intel has worked out a processor variants, to be coming out in various series. There is the H-series, aimed at performance laptops and mobile workstations. The S-series is more like a traditional desktops. The last is ultra-thin variant, coming out in Y-series (for ultra-thin designs) and U-series (covering ultraportable).
The H-series is targeted to perform 20 percent faster than a comparable fourth-gen chip and can handle 4K 360 degree videos 65 percent faster. They will more likely be included in bulky gaming desktop and laptops. Further, they will bode well with NVIDIA’s 10-series and AMD’s Polaris.
The $399 i7-7700K highest-end S-series CPU lineup will feature a base clock of 4.2GHZ with boost speeds up to 4.5GHZ. Thanks to hyperthreading the new chip will still have four cores and eight threads.
Y-series is more formerly known as “Core M” and it is extremely low-power chips lineup by Intel. The new U-series are the most common chipset module, they can be found from a budget machine as such 15.6 inch machine or in high-end MacBook pro 13 inch (if Apple upgrades to Kaby Lake in 2017).
Furthermore, Intel is also offering an unlocked Corei3 Model, priced at $168, is a 7350K dual-core CPU with four threads running at 4.2 GHZ. Basically, a heaven for over-clockers. Moreover, as mentioned earlier that Kaby Lake lineup of 14nm is based on optimization, therefore, Intel is debuting a new technology called Optane Memory. It plugs-in M.2 connections on motherboards to speed up systems. However, the process is unclear at this stage. Although, Intel claims it will speed up processing much like SSD functionality.
In a nutshell, there is a lot to look forward. Intel reveals 7th gen desktop & performance laptops with a wide variety in hardware layout and machine design. In short, optimization of Kaby Lake 14nm CPU is finally revealed and next stop for Intel will be 10nm processor design: a significant jump in technology.