Earlier this year, we learned that Intel would be delaying its first 10nm CPU, codenamed Canonlake, until late 2017, paving the way for Kaby Lake, another 14nm architecture, in 2016. We haven’t heard much about Kaby Lake, but some newly leaked slides seem to give us some idea of what to expect from next year’s processors. There are two leaked slides, which were shown at an internal presentation at Intel.
New features will include support for 5K displays, “increased core performance” and a new chipset. The slides themselves come from BenchLife, a Chinese site, so keep that in mind when looking at these new details.
The new Kaby Lake processors will apparently work on the current Z170 motherboards so you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a new motherboard if you’re currently using Skylake, though there will also be a new chipset, which will be capable of utilising more features, like support for more PCIe 3.0 lanes. The new chipset will have support for up to 24 PCIe lanes, which will help those with multiple GPUs or other PCIe-based products.
Intel has been beefing up its internal graphics for a few years now and Kaby Lake will be no exception, though aside from support for 5K at 60Hz, not much else is known right now. The enthusiast quad-core CPU will have a TDP of 95 watts, while other dual and quad-core Kaby Lake chips will run at either 65W or 35W.
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KitGuru Says: Intel’s first 10nm CPU won’t be around until 2017, so for now, we will be pushing forward with 14nm based products. Kaby Lake will arrive at some point next year, so we should hear more in the coming months. What CPU are you currently running? Are you planning an upgrade any time soon?