Intel Kaby Lake 7th-gen core processors unveiled for MacBooks and iMacs

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Kaby Lake, the latest architecture for consumer processors from Intel is already been introduced in all its splendor. Last August saw the first low-power processors designed for laptops in the ‘U’ range, and now it’s the turn of the highest performance processors for upcoming macbook laptops and more powerful iMac computers, Intel i7-7700K.

The new architecture Kaby Lake breaks a little the scheme that Intel has been following for several years; The famous tick-tock. Tick ​​refers to a new manufacturing process, and tock refers to a new design based on that same architecture. The most recent examples are Ivy Bridge (tick) and Haswell (tock), where the latter was a revision of the previous one. The last case we have with Broadwell (tick), whose revision was Skylake (tock), with processors as the i7-6700K.

According to this, it would touch tock with a reduction of size in the manufacturing process, but the silicon resists and this year we see again a 14 nanometer architecture, whose name is Kaby Lake, having at least until the second half of 2017 to See Cannonlake, the first 10-nanometer Intel processors. The Intel i7-7700K comes with a base frequency of 4.2 GHz, which exceeds the 4.0 GHz with which came its predecessor. With respect to the Boost Clock, the 7700K is able to reach 4.5 GHz.

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According to the first analyzes that were leaked before January, the i7-7700K is 6-7% more powerful than the i7-6700K. To check this claim, our HardZone colleagues have analyzed the processor on an MSI Z270 XPOWER GAMING Titanium motherboard. In these tests they have analyzed the performance of the processor in two environments; The tests that express to the maximum the performance of the CPU, and those that analyze how the processor behaves together with the other components at the time of processor contained in 3D such as games.

In the different performance tests performed by our colleagues, we can observe how the processor has a higher temperature than its predecessor, and according to the first data that yield tests yield, we can see that they are consistent with respect to leaks, and That its performance improvement is around 7% compared to 6700K. At consumption level, this is also higher than 6700K.

Therefore, the performance improvement offered by the i7-7700K with respect to the i7-6700K is minimal. Both processors use socket LGA 1151, so it can be equipped with chipset Z170 and Z270. These last ones do not include only improvements with respect to the Z170, as we commented a few months ago. We are facing another year where a processor of 2017 offers the same performance in games that one of 2012. And the trend seems to be maintained until 2020.

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