KabyLake vs Skylake

- May 14, 2019-


Intel introduced its 7th Generation Core Processor, Kaby Lake. There are lots of articles about this new chip’s great performance. On the other hand, what about the point of view from an end user? What are the real benefits of Kaby Lake compares to Skylake? Therefore, let’s compare and contrast the main changes between Kaby Lake and Skylake processors.

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Kaby Lake Processor

Kaby Lake comes with a lot more features and designs. First of all, it comes with default support for USB 3.1. With USB 3.1, it runs faster than earlier versions of the USB standard. Before, if one wants to use USB 3.1, one need to have an add-on chip installed. Moreover, Kaby Lake processors also support HDCP 2.2. So what is HDCP? HDCP is defined as an acronym for High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection. In additions, it is a form of digital copy security to avoid copying of digital audio and video files. Basically, HDCP protects the digital copy as they travel through connections. Therefore, HDCP is used in interfaces such as DVI, HDMI and so on.


Kaby Lake also features some other improvements. Both processors can have 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes from the CPU.  With Kaby Lake have up to 24 PCIe lanes from the Platform Controller Hub.  Kaby Lake also improves stock clock speeds across the board an average of 200-300 MHz. A faster CPU equals a faster PC. Skylake and Kaby Lake are having same price, but Kaby Lake runs faster. Therefore, people tend to choose Kaby Lake over Skylake. Kaby Lake provides faster Turbo speed by improving the Speed Shift. Kaby Lake makes the alteration from stock to Turbo quicker than before.


Most importantly, no legacy operating system support for Kaby Lake equipped systems. Therefore, legacy operating systems are, for example like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The policy has limiting Kaby Lake processor support to Windows 10 operating system only.



Skylake Processor

Intel platform Skylake, which is compatible with earlier versions of Windows. Skylake works for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 while Kaby Lake is for Windows 10 only.


Skylake can contain chips with either two cores or four cores. Furthermore, Intel admits that one can see the most successful jumps on Skaylake in Mobile industry.  Skylake mobile CPUs are delivering better performance than previous versions.  The Better performances, for examples, run 2.5 times faster when processing. In additions, 30 times better graphics performance and 3 times the battery life compared to earlier chips.





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