Intel preparing new Kaby Lake CPUs to battle AMD Ryzen

Intel is already feeling the heat from AMD over Ryzen, as they prepare two new Kaby Lake processors.

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AMD is preparing an onslaught of 17 processors in its Ryzen family, and while I personally think Intel will be dropping prices on their CPUs as they're - for the first time in years - preparing for big competition in the consumer CPU game.

Intel preparing new Kaby Lake CPUs to battle AMD Ryzen |

Intel is reportedly preparing two new Kaby Lake CPUs in the form of the Core i7-7740K and Core i5-7640K, which will both rock higher clock speeds, but also a higher TDP. The Core i7-7740K will 'replace' the Core i7-7700K (because it's been so long since it was released) and will feature the same 4C/8T goodness from the Kaby Lake architecture, on the 14nm+ process node.

The purported Core i7-7740K will have a 4.3GHz base clock speed, while boosting up to 4.5GHz - it'll also have 8MB of L3 cache, and a 112W TDP.

The more interesting CPU is the purported Core i5-7640K, which is the first Core i5 CPU on the HEDT platform. This will be a direct answer to AMD's threat in the high-end space with their purported Ryzen R7 1800X processor (I'm seriously loving the name the more I type/say it).

Intel's upcoming Core i5-7640K will have 4C/4T on the LGA 2066 socket, 4GHz base clock with 4GHz boost clock, 6MB of L3 cache, and the same 112W as the LGA 1151-based Core i7-7740K.

We should find out about Intel's purported new processors in the coming weeks, which I'm sure will launch right after AMD unleashes Ryzen onto the world next month.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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