If you’re a geek about computers, then you know when a new player is about to enter the scene far before it actually does. Intel has always been the CPU manufacturer that we’d all trust blindly and that’s precisely what we’ve done with the new Core i7 Kaby Lake processor as well but more on that in just a bit. PC enthusiasts that choose AMD over Intel processors are a rare breed these days but after hearing about Kaby Lake, we’re sure they’re more smug about their choice now than ever.
It’s not that the Core i7 Kaby Lake is a bad processor chip at all. It’s every bit as good as the S-series Core i7 7700k but that’s not the problem. The problem is that the performance gains over the outgoing line-up on processors are almost negligible. That’s right if there is any difference in performance than the new Kaby Lake CPU is only one-tenth of a second faster than the 7700k. Given the fact that the older CPU can be overclocked for even higher performance than the Kaby Lake, we’re actually pretty disappointed in the new processor.
After all that hype and anticipation for the new processor, we really thought that we’d see something with a substantially better performance. At this point, you might be hopeful that the Kaby Lake has other improvements, aside from speed but so were we. Benchmark tests have shown that the new Kaby Lake CPU isn’t any better at conserving energy or having better thermal dynamics than the outgoing model either. You can check out the specifics of this on itechpost.com.
To put things into perspective, if you have a Core i5-7600k processor powering your PC and you were considering upgrading to the new Kaby Lake, then you’d rather turbo boost it for free than upgrade.