Dell Takes Intel Kaby Lake-Y To New Performance Levels With XPS 13 2-In-1 Hybrid Convertible
Until recently, Intel’s lowest powered Kaby Lake variant, known as Kaby Lake-Y, hasn’t made much of an appearance in market. Kaby Lake-Y is the the 4.5 — 7 Watt version of Intel’s 7th gen processor family intended for thin and light, fanless 2-in-1 devices and tablets. Oddly enough, Intel has done away almost completely with the “Core m” moniker with Kaby Lake, choosing instead to denote the series in the root of the model number, like it does with the more common U series chips that are employed in full-featured ultrabooks. However, the company does list lower-end Core m3 7th gen variants of Kaby Lake as such, while i5 and i7 higher-end SKUs are only distinguishable by the Y in the root of the model number. Clear as mud right? There may be a reason for this, as early introductions of Intel’s Core m were met with mixed reviews. However, with recently introduced Kaby Lake-Y systems, like Dell’s XPS 13 2-in-1, performance with higher end SKUs like the Core i7-7Y75, with aggressive TDP-up tuning, is more in line with lower-end Core i5 variants of Intel’s previous gen Skylake U series that was so prevalent in last year’s full-fledged laptop designs.
Dell employs a bit of extra mojo in their design, taking that 7 Watt TDP-up envelop to 9 Watts, providing a longer sustained boost within the confines of their 2.7 pound XPS 13 2-in-1 hybrid. Regardless, with boost clock speeds as high as 3.6GHz for some Kaby Lake-Y chips, this isn’t the same level of Core m performance from previous generations Intel processors.