Ahead of the official launch on January 5th, photos showing the retail boxes of 7th Generation Intel Core processors based on the “Kaby Lake” microarchitecture have hit the web, courtesy of the folks over at Videocardz.
As can be seen quite clearly, the retail packaging for the 7th Generation Core processor family appears to be almost identical to the current packaging that Intel uses for 6th Generation “Skylake” processors. The only noticeable difference is the “For a great VR experience” marking on the Core i7 and Core i5 retail boxes. Quite obviously, the marking isn’t seen on the Core i3 retail box.
Key features listed on the Core i7 and Core i5 retail packaging include 4 cores, Intel Hyper-Threading technology for 8-way multitasking, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Intel Optane memory support, Intel HD Graphics 630, and support for two-channel DDR4/DDR3L memory. The Core i7 box additionally lists support for Intel Smart Cache technology.
Along with the 7th Gen Intel Core processors, the company will also debut new 200-series chipsets that will support both Kaby Lake and Skylake processors. The current 100-series motherboards will support Kaby Lake processors as well. In fact, most leading motherboard manufacturers have already released BIOS updates for their 100-series boards with support for 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors. Key features of the new Z270 and H270-series boards were detailed in a report published a few weeks back.