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Intel Kaby Lake Tested, Slight Performance Boost Confirmed

By Justin , Oct 06, 2016 03:16 AM EDT

Kaby Lake is Intel's 7th generation processor that succeeds the Skylake. It has been announced August of this year and has already begun shipping to OEMs and manufacturers. However, mass production of the new processor is not expected until later this year. Skylake was supposed to be succeeded by Cannonlake. However, it was said that Cannonlake has instead been delayed to a 2017 launch.

Intel's Next Generation Of Core Processors, Kaby Lake

According to a source, Intel has confirmed that Kaby Lake will be hitting the channel this year. This means that high-end devices like 4K laptops and hybrid gadgets with Kaby Lake will be made available by OEMs later this year. More of these processors will be sold when 2017 arrives, including chips for workstations and gaming SKUs. It was also said that the Intel Kaby Lake will be powering a wide range of feature-rich devices. This includes devices with 4K and Thunderbolt 3.0 support and devices with Windows Hello biometrics.

Intel Kaby Lake Test

According to a PC World post, the processor's specs show that the main advantage of Kaby Lake over its processor is its clock speed. For the majority of the parts, the new processor is pretty much identical to Skylake cores. This, however, is enough to give a Kaby Lake powered device a 10 percent bump. Furthermore, Intel Kaby Lake has given the test device an hour more of battery life, compared to the device running the Intel Skylake processor.

This means that overall, the Kaby Lake provides a decent amount of improvement over its predecessor. It may not offer a lot of exciting new things but it does deliver the amount of improvement expected from it. This might mean that leaving your Skylake laptop for a Kaby Lake one may not be very necessary. However, if you're using an older processor, then jumping for a Kaby Lake device might provide you with a significant amount of improvements.

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