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Intel Kaby Lake benchmarks leak promises speedy performance


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Intel is preparing to officially introduce its new low-power laptop processors in the form of the Kaby Lake range, and benchmarks for the chips just leaked.

We already know the upcoming processors will be able to play and edit 4K video in real time, and will come with integrated graphics good enough to run Overwatch.

And now, thanks to Benchlife.info, which has obtained some Kaby Lake marketing slides, we have some actual figures to go by.

One slide in particular compares the upcoming seventh-generation Core chips to the current Skylake range, with the Core i7-7500U going up against the Core i7-6500.

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The chips themselves are said to run from a TDP of 4.5W up to 15W on the top-end Core i7, and It seems the 15 watt 7500U is 12% faster when it comes to productivity, based on a SYSmark 2014 test, and 19% faster for web performance, based on a WebXPRT 2015 test.

Aside from the benchmarking figures, the newly revealed slides also show there will be more than 100 upcoming ultra-thin laptops and 2-in-1s before the end of the year that will come packing Kaby Lake chips.

And while these improvements bode well for the slew of Kaby Lake-powered laptops about to arrive before the end of 2016, we're yet to get any information on gaming benchmarks.

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Still, the slide does show the 7500U runs at up to 3.5GHz, another improvement over the 6500U's 3.1GHz.

Intel will also offer a new budget chip this year, Apollo Lake, which will likely be used in numerous devices launching soon.

With IFA set to get underway next week, we'll likely see more information about the new 14nm chips emerging so stay tuned for all the latest updates.

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