Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K CPU Specs Leaked, Has Lower Base Clock Than the i7-6700K
Following the launch of their 6th generation Skylake CPUs last year, Intel is all set for a 2016 Kaby Lake refresh. As of the latest, specifications of this 7th gen processor family, including the mainstream Core i7-7700K CPU, have leaked on the web.
Last month, Intel said good bye to the Tick-Tock strategy and devised a completely new three-step strategy called “Process, Architecture and Optimization,” or PAO. Based on this strategy, Kaby Lake will be an optimized Skylake architecture still on the 14nm process. The last range of the company’s x86 processors will be launched on desktops and mobility platforms later this year, with a multitude of chips and products to select from.
The leak details three Intel Kaby Lake chips: the Core i7-7700K, i7-7500U and Core M7-7Y75.
First things first, the i7-7700K features 4 cores and 8 threads. The chip is clocked at 3.6GHz base and 4.2GHz boost clocks. Which are lower than the current flagship Core i7-6700K’s 4.00 GHz base and 4.20 GHz boost clocks. But, keep in mind that these are early samples so we can expect the base clock to bump up a bit at least when these chips launch.
Other specs include an 8 MB L3 cache, 256 KB of L2 cache and a 4.00 GHz internal memory controller. Further, the chip should support 100- and 200-series motherboards with the LGA 1151 socket.
The other two processors, the Core i7-7500U and the M7-7Y75, are mobile-oriented, and both feature 2 cores and 4 threads, along with 4 MB of L3 cache. Clock speeds are set at 2.70 GHz base and 2.90 GHz boost for i7-7500U, and 1.30 GHz base and 1.60 GHz boost for the M7-7Y75.
Intel could launch its Kaby Lake family of processors in the second half of this year, likely a bit before AMD releases the Zen architecture.