Two leaked slides published by the website Benchlife.info detail some of the key improvements that Intel 7th Gen Kaby Lake Core processors and the 200-series chipset platform will bring to the table.
Intel Kaby Lake will continue to be built on a 14nm process, just like Broadwell and Skylake. Intel’s first 10nm processor family, codenamed Canonlake, will only arrive somewhere around late 2017.
Coming to Kaby Lake, the processors will continue to utilize the LGA1151 socket and will be compatible with Intel 200 Series as well as Intel 100 Series chipsets. Key features of the new processor family could include increased core performance, enhanced full range BCLK overclocking, 5K display support, HEVC 10-bit and VP9 10-bit hardware acceleration, Thunderbolt 3 support, Intel Optane technology, Ready Mode technology, and RealSense. According to the slide, the enthusiast quad-core Kaby Lake chips will have a TDP of 95W, while the other quad and dual core SKUs will have a rated TDP of 65W and 35W, respectively.
The key highlight of Intel’s 200 Series chipset will be the inclusion of 30 total high-speed I/O lanes with increased port flexibility. The chipset will offer up to 24 PCIe 3.0 lanes and 6 SATA 3.0 slots and up to 10 USB 3.0 ports.