Intel's 7th Gen Core chips will start showing up in laptops and 2-in-1s this September
Intel has announced that its 7th Gen Core processors, using its 'Kaby Lake' architecture, will begin showing up in new laptops and 2-in-1 PCs in September, with over 100 devices going on sale by the holiday season.
In a press release, Intel stated the benefits of its 7th Gen Core processors:
- Faster and more responsive: Intel's engineering and manufacturing teams have drawn even more out of our 14nm process technology with what we call 14nm+. 7th Gen Intel Core delivers up to 12 percent faster productivity performance1 and up to 19 percent faster web performance over our previous generation from just a year ago.
- Access to premium 4K UHD content: With new computers powered by 7th Gen Intel Core, TV and movie fans will have access to premium 4K UHD content streaming from studios like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and providers like Fandango. This is just the beginning as we see 4K UHD content go mainstream over time. We're excited about some additional content announcements in the next few months, so stay tuned.
- Opens a world of user-generated 4K UHD content: People can now view the 4K UHD content being shared on sites like YouTube and watch for longer on 7th Gen Intel Core based systems. But they also have the power to create, edit and share their own 4K UHD and 360-degree clips up to 15 times faster than on a 5-year-old PC thanks to the work we've done under the hood with our new media engine.
- Gaming on the go: Gamers will see a threefold improvement in graphics compared to a 5-year-old PC, meaning you can play popular games like Overwatch anytime and anywhere on a thin, light laptop. And with Thunderbolt 3 support coming to more devices, gamers can use a single cord to plug in an external graphics dock and 4K UHD monitors for top-line gaming performance.
- Powers the thinnest and lightest devices ever: Just compare what is available now to a 5-year-old PC, and it's obvious how far we've come. Some of the new 7th Gen Intel Core PCs are thinner than a phone, with the full performance expected from a PC!
Intel added that desktop and enterprise PCs will begin to add its 7th Gen Core processors in early 2017.
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So agreed. Surface phone 3 will be a smashing device.
Apple is refreshing their MBP in 2016 (possibly Sep). I wonder if they will come with 7th gen or not. What do you guys think?
The ONLY reason these chips are faster in any real-world sense is because they are finally using SSDs instead of HDDs, and because onboard GPUs are finally to a point where they don't need a dGPU for anything more strenuous than video playback. Outside of that everything has been towards making PCs smaller, lighter, and last longer in the mobile space... which is all well and good... except that the only reason to shout out to 5 years ago is to try and gain some of that Sandy Bridge desktop business back. Here's a clue Intel: We don't care about faster web performance, battery life, iGPU performance etc. All we are waiting for is a 6-8 core "CPU only" processor that can run on a 'normal' motherboard, that costs $300 or less while offering ~30-50% more per-core compute power across the board. Something that offers truly more performance than our 5 year old desktops that won't break the bank to upgrade to. As it stands now, the only things I am looking forward to upgrade for is m.2, PCIe4, and 10Gb Ethernet... and 2 of those things are still a few years away, and with how my 5 year old desktop performs I think I can wait.