Well, yes actually. Although the release of the new Kaby Lake 7 th generation CPU’s has met with a somewhat lack-lustre fanfare from hard core gamers, for the rest of you that use your computers/laptops for all the normal day to day stuff, plus some photo editing and minor graphic work, they are actually much better than the previous 6 th generation.
The previous 6700K CPU had a base clock speed of 4 GHz with a turbo speed of 4.2 GHz. The new series 7 has increased this to 4.2 GHz and 4.5 GHz respectively.Whilst some of you guys may think this is rather “yawn-worthy”, the real improvement is in its graphic handling capability.
The new video engine can handle 10 bit content without breaking a sweat. Play a 10 bit colour depth file on a laptop fitted with a previous gen skylake CPU and you’ll drop frames and destroy battery life. Now as previously mentioned, if you’re a hard core gamer running a desktop machine, then chances are that you are running a higher end graphics card, so these improvements in CPU performance are not as important to you.
What it does mean however, is that those of us who don’t particularly want to invest in graphic cards in desktops, or dedicated graphics chips in laptops, then this CPU will allow you to do more things with your machine than previously possible including the ability to stream 4K media from services such as Netflix.
Now most of you guys and gals will probably know that I’m an AMD fan, however I’m quite impressed with these new CPU’s, especially since there is no real noticeable difference in the price. Probably the only downside is that they do run a bit hotter, and as such the cooling fans tend to be a bit more audible.
So, for what it’s worth, I’m giving them a big thumbs up, particularly for laptop applications.
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Pete – Precision.