In a product change notification published on October 8, 2019, Intel announced that its ceasing production of its 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors. These 7th gen parts haven’t been on our list of the best CPUs for gaming since the 8th gen updates arrived, but they were still available for purchase. The last order date is April 24, 2020 (non-cancelable and non-returnable), and the last shipment date is October 9, 2020. So this time next year, there will officially be no more new Kaby Lakes out in the wild.
The affected products listed on the product change notification are:
Also being discontinued are all 7th-gen Core i3, Celeron, and Pentium desktop processors.
First launched on desktop in January 2017, the Kaby Lake processors broke with Intel’s previous tick-tock design model for a newer one called process-architecture-optimization, but still kept the same 14nm manufacturing process—except it was refined and tweaked and called 14mn+. It was also the first Intel processor to lack official driver support for any Windows versions older than Windows 10.
Compared to Skylake processors architecturally, Kaby Lake had increased clock speeds on some models and faster clock speed changes. (The Core i7-6700K had a base clock of 4.0 Ghz, while the Core i7-7700K has a base clock rate of 4.2GHz, for instance.) Additionally, the 7th-gen processors added support for Intel Optane memory on motherboards with 200-series chipsets.