Background on Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (7th Gen / Kaby Lake) CPU
Intel's seventh generation of the Core processor series is codenamed Kaby Lake, and represents an incremental increase in performance for Intel's mainstream platform. These processors have inherited and refined the 14nm manufacturing process that was used for Broadwell and Skylake chips, and the optimization of this process has allowed for increases in clock speed.
For more details, check out our Kaby Lake articles for Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro and Solidworks.
While this CPU can be overclocked I generally recommend against it. The 7700K already runs at an amazing 4.2GHz base clock speed, and with Intel's Turbo Boost feature that can reach as high as 4.5GHz depending on the situation. Overclocking safely only pushes the speed a little higher, around 10% - so it doesn't seem particularly worthwhile to me. If you need every ounce of possible speed then it can be viable, but for the vast majority of folks the stock speed is already going to be excellent.
|Product Line||Core i7|
|Code Name||Kaby Lake-S|
|Number of Cores||4|
|Clock Speed||4.2 GHz|
|Max. Turbo Boost||4.5 GHz|
|Thermal Output||91 W|
|Processor Type||Intel HD Graphics 630|
|Core Speed||1150 Mhz|
|# of Displays Supported||3|
|Virtualization Technology (VT-x)||Yes|
|Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)||Yes|
|Trusted Execution Technology||No|
- Intel Core i7 7700K 4.2GHz Quad Core 8MB 91W Drivers
Version 15.45.4614 Released 02/23/17
For Win7_64, Win8_64, Win10_64
Configure a quiet custom PC with the Intel Core i7 7700K 4.2GHz Quad Core 8MB 91W.