Intel started the new year releasing a new line of gadgets built around its newly launched desktop Kaby Lake processor family unveiled at CES this week. After a few months of unveiling its seventh-generation processor, the company brings “Next Unit of Computing” (NUC) for desktop and performance laptops. It is for ultra-portable belonging to the U series and the new CPUs meant for ultra-thin devices from the Y series.
There are the H-series targeted at performance laptops and mobile workstations and the S-series, which are meant for more traditional desktops. They’ll complement the two other lines of seventh-generation CPUs, which cover ultra-thin designs (the Y-series) and faster ultraportables (the U-series).
When compared to fifth and sixth-generation processors, the newer processor offers slightly better performance. The S-series i7-7700k processor can deliver a base clock speed of 4.2 GHz and maximum speeds of up to 4.5 GHz. It includes quad cores and eight threads. In comparison to it, the i7-6700k processor that was launched in Q3 2015 delivers a clock speed of 4.0 to 4.2 GHz. The i7-7700k is packed with Intel HD 630 graphics.
You can expect Intel’s new desktop chips to handle 4000 videos pretty efficiently. That won’t mean as much for battery life savings, but it could make them much more useful for playing 4K on home theater PCs.
All the new Intel Kaby Lake processors can support up to 24 PCI Express 3.0 chipset lanes as well as up to 10 USB 3.0 ports. The claims made by Intel suggest that the Kaby Lake processor will support 4K videos efficiently, but there is no confirmation on whether the chipset built with a 14nmm process can offer better battery performance.