Intel plans to launch new processors Kaby Lake in two phases. The first were announced models targeted at notebook, hybrid 2-in-1 tablet and, therefore more efficient in terms of performance / consumption ratio. The second phase includes the launch of CPU for desktops and workstations together with the new chipset 200 series, which will offer the power needed for 4K content and virtual reality .

The architecture Kaby Lake is the first of the new approach PAO (Process, Architecture, Optimization), which has taken the place of the cadence note Tick-Tock . The Santa Clara chipmaker has in fact used an improved version of the 14-nanometer process technology, the same as previous processors Broadwell and Skylake . Various optimizations have allowed us to increase the clock frequencies, improving the graphics section and reduce consumption. Intel says that the performance is between 8% and 19% higher than those of Skylake.

The Californian manufacturer did not disclose the individual models on the way, but according to rumors circulating for some weeks require the Company to announcement at least ten CPU : three Core i5 (7400, 7500 and 7600 ) with frequencies between 3 and 3.5 GHz (TDP 65 Watt), three Core i5 (7400T, 7500T and 7600T) with frequencies between 2.4 and 2.8 GHz (TDP 35 Watt) and a Core i5-7600K 3.8 GHz (TDP 95 Watt) with unlocked multiplier; Core i7-7700 3.6 GHz (TDP 65 Watt), Core i7-7700T to 2.9 GHz (35 Watt TDP) and Core i7-7700K to 4.2 GHz (TDP 95 Watt) with unlocked multiplier.

In early January also hit the market chipset series 200 (Z270, Q270, H270, H250 and B250) with support for 16 lines PCI Express 3.0 and USB 3.1 Generation 2 (10 Gbit / s). Motherboards will have an LGA1151 socket, the same as Skylake processors. The new Kaby Lake processors can also be installed on the 100 chipset series motherboards, if the manufacturer has released a BIOS update. The first products will be announced at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.