If you’ve been waiting for Intel to officially launch their new CPU so you can finally swap out that old 3rd gen i5 that you’ve been juicing over the years, then you’re not alone. There are easily a thousand and one people on the same boat as you out there. Now that the Core i7 Kab Lake is finally made available in dual and quad-core options, it’s time to answer the big question – is it worth the upgrade.
If your PC needs a new processor unit and you’ve been waiting to upgrade to Core i7, then, by all means, do upgrade since you were going to anyway. However, if you were using a 7th Gen S-series Core i7 before this, then the Kaby Lake isn’t really worth the upgrade at all. In fact, According to iTechPost, the new Kaby Lake i7 is actually a bit of a disappointment. Now don’t get us wrong, it’s every bit as good as the older model – it’s just not any better.
Is it fast enough? Well, depending on your usage, it might be, but is it fast as in faster than the last model? As fast as we expected it to be while we’ve been waiting for its release? Unfortunately, it is not. Benchmark tests have proven that the Kaby Lake CPU performs pretty much the same and has almost negligible performance gains over the outgoing model. We got hopeful that the benchmarks might show us some other form of good news about the processor but unfortunately, we didn’t see any real upgrade in thermal profile either.
You can overclock your older processor for free and reap a much higher performance than this new Kaby Lake. Now you know what to expect and should be able to spend accordingly.