Kaby Lake has is officially here! We have been talking about Kaby Lake for the past few months and today Intel makes it official with the release of the S-Series desktop processors. Typically when Intel releases desktop processors they would go by the "tick-tock" method wherein a "tick" would represent a new node and a "tock" would represent a new architecture. Intel officially killed off "tick-tock" earlier this year and has moved to a three year cadence in which we'll see process -> architecture -> optimization. For 14nm we've seen "Broadwell", then "Skylake" with the new architecture, and now finally we are on the optimization phase which is "Kaby Lake". The optimization phase according to Intel is a direct result of transistor-level enhancements. We can think of "Kaby Lake" much like "Devil's Canyon" chip was to the i7-4770K. While still on the same 14nm process, architecture, and TDP Intel is able to more performance out of the "Kaby Lake" chips. The flagship processor, the Core i7-7700K (4-core, 8-thread) which we are taking a look at today has a base clock of 4.2 GHz and boosts all the way up to 4.5 GHz. That is compared to the 4.0 GHz base and 4.2 GHz boost of the Skylake Core i7-6700K. Read along as we see what Intel's latest desktop processor is all about!
- CES 2018