Intel released a new line of CPU’s. Very few in the tech enthusiast community are, well, enthused about this new lineup.
My take from the reviews, Kaby Lake is a smidge faster at stock speeds and they don’t overclock for squat.
ARSTechnica – Intel Core i7-7700K Kaby Lake review: Is the desktop CPU dead?
“With identical performance to Skylake, Intel brings desktop performance to a standstill…
As it stands, what we have with Kaby Lake desktop is effectively Sandy Bridge polished to within an inch of its life, a once-groundbreaking CPU architecture hacked, and tweaked, and mangled into ever-smaller manufacturing processes and power envelopes. Where the next major leap in desktop computing power comes from is still up for debate—but if Kaby Lake is any indication, it won’t be coming from Intel.”
Anandtech – The Intel Core i7-7700K (91W) Review: The New Out-of-the-box Performance Champion
“In most of our benchmarks, the results are clear: a stock Core i7-7700K beat our overclocked Core i7-4790K in practically every CPU-based test (Our GPU tests showed little change). When overclocked, the i7-7700K just pushed out a bigger lead for only a few more watts. Technically one could argue that because this part and the i7-6700K are equal in IPC, a similar overclock with the i7-6700K achieves the same performance. But the crucial matter here is how lucky a user is with the silicon lottery – based on our testing, the Core i7-7700K CPUs tend to overclock rather nicely (although +300 MHz isn’t that much in the grand scheme of things).”
LegitReviews – Intel Core i7-7700K Processor Review
“For months we’ve heard people talking about how Kaby Lake is going to suck and that there is no reason to upgrade to it since it’s basically just an updated Skylake processor. We can understand that some people might look at the specifications and minor architecture changes and come to that conclusion, but the benchmark results look good. For those running older Intel Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge Processors the time to upgrade is looking pretty good right now…For now Intel Kaby Lake is as good as it gets for gamers and enthusiasts and we’d easily recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade their system.”