Intel has maintained a steady direction in terms of what their chips offer with slight modifications here and there, such as the implementation of M.2 for SSD capabilities, Thunderbolt support, or increases in memory with the addition of higher memory speed caps.
In 2017, Intel is coming out with their brand new 300-series models, which are the target of much speculation. Rumors have it that second generation USB 3.1 will be featured on the new Intel chipset and will cap out at 10Gbps in terms of speed, no less than double in contrast with the 5Gbps USB 3.0 can pull. While not a lot of people actually use USB 3.1, the boost is still impressive.
Wi-Fi support is the other feature rumored to be included in Intel’s newest. While this might be positive for Intel if executed correctly, it also has the potential of hurting other companies, especially third party Wi-Fi support providers. Some of these companies are RealTek and Broadcom. If Intel decides to implement Wi-Fi by shrinking down Wi-Fi nodes, they would probably have a lot less reason to contract these third party companies.
It all depends if Wi-Fi support will make its way to Intel’s chipsets and if so, if they will decide to shrink the Wi-Fi nodes directly instead of going the “on-package” route for this feature.
However, Intel’s upcoming processors won’t support Windows 7 and older operating systems, which will definitely leave some users unsatisfied. Speaking of Intel’s new chipsets, the best Core i7 processor is the Core i7-7700K with a base clock of 4.2GHz. Intel’s fastest Core i5 will be the i5-7600K with a base clock of 3.8GHz.
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