Tuesday November 22, 2016

Intel Kaby Lake Performance: Surprising Jump Over Skylake

Our friends at PC Perspective got their hands on a Kaby Lake powered laptop and put it to the test against a Skylake version of the same model laptop. To say they were surprised by the performance increase over the Skylake based laptop would be an understatement.

As it turns out, the advantages of the 7th Generation Core processor family and Kaby Lake are more substantial than I expected. I was able to get a hold of two different notebooks from the HP Spectre lineup, as near to identical as I could manage, with the primary difference being the move from the 6th Generation Skylake design to the 7th Generation Kaby Lake. After running both machines through a gamut of tests ranging from productivity to content creation and of course battery life, I can say with authority that Intel’s 7th Gen product deserves more accolades than it is getting.