More Details About Intel’s 7th Generation Kaby Lake Processor Emerge
The name and some simple details of Intel’s 7th generation CPU lineup Kaby Lake, a successor to their current Skylake series, aren’t really new, but more detailed information has been somewhat scarce up until now. Thanks to Benchlife.info, who acquired some slides from a recent Intel presentation about Kaby Lake, a lot of new detail about the new processor series, set to launch in 2016, is now available.
Kaby Lake will once again be based on 14nm processing although with some more fine tuning that should give it a tiny bit of performance boost over Skylake. Given all the previous generations, that may not be that groundbreaking, but it will add support for the next generation 200 series chipsets.
The 7th generation processors will also retain the LGA 1151 socket, with power ranging from 35 to 95W, currently in use by Skylake which means owners of 6th generation processors will not have to change motherboards if they decide to go for Kaby Lake.
The processor will support hardware acceleration for 10-bit VP9 playback and 10-bit HVEC encoding, as well as supporting 5K video at 30Hz and 60Hz, which is pretty impressive for an onboard GPU.
The processors will be unlocked and have enhanced BCLK overclocking as well. The CPU will also feature support for NVME, Thunderbolt 3 and Intel RealSense.
The Intel 200 chipset will provide up to 30 PCIe lanes, 24 of which can be dedicated to PCIe slots and another half dozen for SATA 6Gbps. The chipset can also manage up to 10 USB 3.0 ports though do not expect to see all of these present on a board at the same time. Kaby Lake will also be compatible with series 100 chipsets.