Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K CPU Review

CPU by leeghoofd @ 2017-01-03

2017 is straight starting an exciting year with many important hardware releases scheduled. Intel's current pace of rolling out new processors is overwhelming; each half year we get new processors generations to test and to analyze. Not that we are complaining but for those that want to run the latest and greatest Intel hardware it might become a very expensive and time consuming hobby. Last year at Computex we experienced the introduction of the high end Broadwell-E desktop processor line-up; half a year down the road the more mainstream Skylake series gets replaced by the Kaby Lake generation. Time to get cranking to see what is exactly new here...

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Test Setup

Our review test bed for Intel's 7th generation processor has been the brand new Gigabyte Z270X Gaming7 from the Aorus series. The Aorus lineup was limited before to just some high performance Gaming laptops and peripherals. Gigabyte is adding some high quality motherboards to their Aorus Gaming brand.

The initial Bios was F2, which had some fail safe boot issues and a weird mouse lag in the BIOS; F4g solved those issues and the latest F4k bios even allows better compatibility with 4000Mhz memory modules. Without going into further technical details, this mobo was a breeze to work with and performed as it should. The BIOS layout and features have been simplified, making it easier to navigate through as most of them abundant technical settings have been left out.

A very solid board to say the least, Intel and Killer Network NICs onboard and of course the Intel Thunderbolt couldn't be left out, featuring nVIDIA SLI support and the mandatory RGB heaven galore features :)




We paired it with: 

  • Intel Core i7-7700K.
  • Gigabyte Aorus Z270X Gaming7
  • Cooled by Be Quiet Silent Loop 240.
  • 16GB G.Skill TridentZ 3600C17 Dual channel memory.
  • MSI Lightning R290X graphics card.
  • 2TB Western Digital Caviar Green HDD.
  • Seasonic Snow Silent 760W power supply.
  • Streacom BTC Open Benchtable.


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