Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K Available for Pre-order at $400
Intel’s flagship Kaby Lake processor, Core i7-7700K, has been listed for pre-order by an Estonian e-tailer months before its release. The CPU boasts higher clock speeds and improved power efficiency.
Spec-wise, the flagship Core i7-7700K is a quad-core CPU that supports Intel Hyper-Threading. It features clock speeds of 4.2 GHz base and 4.5 MHz boost, 8MB of L3 cache and a TDP rated at 95W. The chip is available for pre-order at €360.35 which roughly converts to US$400. The price is obviously exaggerated for the launch is still a few months away.
If a previous leak is to be believed, Core i7-7700K is around 10% faster than the previous-gen Core i7-6700K. The CPU features an unlocked design that indicates that it is aimed at overclockers and enthusiasts.
The second chip listed over at the Estonian e-tail site is Core i5-7600K which is again a quad core chip but lacks Hyper-Threading support. It packs 6MB of L3 cache and a 95W TDP, with a base clock of 3.8 GHz and turbo speed of 4 GHz.
In addition to this, several Kaby Lake chips were recently listed over at Geekbench database. The chips ran on an ASUS Z170-K motherboard that is based on the 100-series chipset. This means the next-gen Kaby Lake processors should be compatible with existing motherboards via a BIOS update.
While Kaby Lake will be compatible with 100-series, the new 200-series boards will bring plenty if new features, including better I/O capabilities such as support for Intel’s Optane SSD that is based on a new type of non-volatile 3D XPoint technology.
Intel Kaby Lake is basically a follow-up product to last year’s Skylake. It is built using the 14nm+ process, and introduces quite a few optimizations to improve the overall performance and energy efficiency. Compared to the previous generation, Intel claims, the Kaby Lake processors would offer a 12% increase in general productivity and over 19% boost in web performance.