7th Gen Intel CPU Template

The 7th generation Intel Core processors, codenamed “Kaby Lake,” were launched in the latter part of 2016 and early 2017. Kaby Lake represented an “optimization” stage in Intel’s Process-Architecture-Optimization model, succeeding the Skylake architecture while continuing to utilize the 14nm process technology. However, Kaby Lake incorporated an improved 14nm+ process that provided enhanced performance and energy efficiency compared to its predecessor. Notably, Kaby Lake was the first microarchitecture from Intel to lack official support for older versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and 8.1.

One of the standout features of Kaby Lake processors was enhanced multimedia performance, including hardware-based 4K video decoding/encoding and improved GPU architecture, which was especially beneficial for applications and services dealing with high-definition video content. The Kaby Lake lineup catered to a wide array of computing devices, from low-power laptops and compact mini PCs to performance-oriented desktops. The processors also continued to utilize the LGA 1151 socket, maintaining compatibility with existing Skylake motherboards following a BIOS update. Moreover, Kaby Lake CPUs introduced native support for higher memory speeds in DDR4 RAM, supporting frequencies up to 2400 MHz and above. With a well-rounded offering of improved graphical, computational, and energy-efficient enhancements, Kaby Lake found its place in various computing environments and user scenarios, reinforcing Intel’s presence in the personal and professional computing spaces.


About this Intel CPU:

This Intel CPU has been tested and pulled from working systems. Some scratches and scrapes may be present on the heat spreader, but these cosmetic imperfections do not affect functionality. We make every effort to remove all thermal paste; however, some residue may still remain.

Please ensure compatibility between your motherboard and this processor before purchasing.

Common compatibility errors can lead to a non-functional product after installation.

When installing processors, it is essential to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Even minor damage to the receiving pins on Intel motherboards during or before installation can result in nonfunctional or improperly functioning processors or systems.

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Additional information

Weight 0.12 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 1 in

1.5 MB


LGA 1151


9 MB


3.0 GHz




Intel Core i5 8th Gen.








Intel Core i5-8500


8 GT/s