Kaby Lake Arrives – i7-7700K & i5-7600K Review

Intel’s Kaby Lake architecture has finally arrived! We will be expecting CPUs with this architecture to be coming out sometime late January or early February. Since Intel is stuck with their 14mm manufacturing process, Kaby Lake is to increase performance yet consume similar power to Skylake. Even though it is meant to do this, it is focused on people who are coming from PCs built a few generations before like Sandy Bridge or new PCs.

On to checking out specs. For the 7700k, it is 200Mhz base and 300Mhz boost higher than the 6700k.  Looking at the 7700k and 7600k with their respective predecessors, there is not much difference. Their cache, number of PCIe 3 lanes, cores/threads and wattage. With weaker Kaby Lake CPUs, they too have about 200Mhz increase. Starting prices are around $340 and $245.

What has changed with the lineup is the addition of an i3-7350K. It has the obvious two cores, four threads but has a decent 4.2GHz which can be overclocked. Its launch price will be about $170.


With a new architecture usually comes a new platform. The new platform is, the Z270. The upgrade difference with the Z170 is very minute. One outstanding upgrade is the upcoming Intel Optane. The new feature uses a mixture of non-volatile memory with PCIe storage standards in order to process things faster.


On to real benchmarks. As with the benchmarks, the performance compared to previous generations such as Haswell is not significant. Intel can not improve it much more with the limitations of a 14mm. When comparing power consumption, it is in the general zone relative to other generations. This has been consistently observed with Intel’s CPUs.

Overall, the 7600K & 7600K are great for those coming from older gen PCs. Intel has done a pretty good job with the new Kaby Lake processors and I can’t wait to get a hold of them.


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