Intel to discontinue nearly all 6th and 7th Gen Skylake and Kaby Lake processors

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Oct 13, 2019 3:56 PM

Intel has announced end-of-life (EOL) plans for nearly all of its Kaby Lake 7th Generation processors. The 14nm chips originally began coming to market in 2016 but Intel is now calling time on this CPU family.

What it means is that final orders from retailers for Kaby Lake CPUs must be placed by 31st January, 2020. The final shipments will then be made and then, after this point, supplies of Kaby Lake  processors will begin to run dry.

EOL for Kaby Lake includes pretty much the entire seventh gen of desktop processors, as well as the Kaby Lake-G mobile CPU range which packs on-board AMD Radeon Vega graphics chips. This felt like a big deal back when Intel and AMD announced it in 2017 but, since then, Intel has forged ahead with its own powerful Iris Pro graphics solutions and left AMD by the wayside.

In addition to this, a final wave of Skylake CPUs have also entered EOL. Production is now coming to an end on nearly all 6th and 7th Gen Intel processors. 

The full list of affected processors was published in Intel’s latest Product Change Notification (PCN) documents, which are as follows:

  • Intel Core i5-7600K
  • Intel Core i5-7400
  • Intel Pentium  G4560
  • Intel Core i5-7400T
  • Intel Core i5-7600
  • Intel Core i5-7600T
  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Intel Core i3-7320
  • Intel Core i3-7300
  • Intel Core i3-7350K
  • Intel Core i3-7100
  • Intel Pentium G4620 
  • Intel Pentium G4600
  • Intel Celeron G3950
  • Intel Celeron G3930
  • Intel Core i3-7300T
  • Intel Core i3-7100T
  • Intel Pentium G4600T
  • Intel Pentium G4560T
  • Intel Celeron G3930T
  • Boxed Intel Celeron G3930
  • Boxed Intel Celeron G3950
  • Boxed Intel Core i3-7100
  • Boxed Intel Core i3-7100T
  • Boxed Intel Core i3-7300
  • Boxed Intel Core i3-7300T
  • Boxed Intel Core i3-7320
  • Boxed Intel Core i3-7350K
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-6500
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7400
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7400T
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7500
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7500T
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7600
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7600K
  • Boxed Intel Core i5-7600T
  • Boxed Intel Core i7-6700
  • Boxed Intel Core i7-7700
  • Boxed Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Boxed Intel Core i7-7700T
  • Boxed Intel Pentium G4560
  • Boxed Intel Pentium G4600
  • Boxed Intel Pentium G4620
  • Intel Core i7-8706G
  • Intel Core i7-8705G
  • Intel Core i7-8809G
  • Intel Core i5-8305G

The good news is this will allow Intel to divert all of its manufacturing resources to modern Intel products, including increased shipments of 8th, 9th, and 10th Gen Intel processors. Fewer processor SKUs in the manufacturing pipelines means more units produced for those still supported. Supplies of these processors can be a little patchy, to say the least, but this should ensure a more reliable supply line.

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17:54 Oct-16-2019

So does it make sense to buy an I7 7700K now? Or should i wait 8th gen prices to drop to same level as I7 7700K is now?

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19:57 Oct-16-2019

Why go for 7700k when you can get r5 3600?

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20:03 Oct-16-2019

IDK actually :D never thought of buying an AMD cpu.

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20:01 Oct-16-2019

What he said, but save money and get a r5 2600, half the price 15% lower performance on average, usually 0% lower unless you have a rtx 2080Ti...

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22:03 Oct-16-2019

Psycho is right.


The 2600 is still really good with a B450 chipset mobo. Especially after ALL the driver updates and motherboard updates with AEGSA 1.0.0.3ABB. Also use Windows 10 19H2 for even more with Windows kernel optimization.


It would save you alot of money.

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16:47 Oct-17-2019

the r5 2600x is a great value for the price, although the 7700k is faster, the ryzen 5 2600x is a way better value for sure.

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09:35 Oct-17-2019

if you want Intel, then be aware 7000 series i7 is 4-core, but 8000 series i7 is 6-core, so depending on target use, performance/value difference can be huge

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16:27 Oct-17-2019

your forgetting the 2 hardware threads on each core for the 7000 series. which depending on what your using your cpu for can come in handy.

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08:38 Oct-18-2019

ah that's true;
similarly for ex. 8700K has 12 threads though,
Intel is doing mess with latest 9000 series where for ex. 9700K has 8 cores, but only 8 threads, no hyperthreading available

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22:26 Oct-15-2019

i dont see the 6700k on the list only the normal, is it just a typo or an exception

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20:16 Oct-15-2019

It's about time. There is no reason to manufacture socketed 4 core processors that cost more and perform worse than current offerings. The future is true multi-core (6+ core CPUs).

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23:45 Oct-14-2019

discontinueing the i7 7700k is stupid that processor still out preforms newer intel cpu's in single core performance. like what are the thinking?

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11:55 Oct-15-2019

they want to sell newer weaker crap, throwing excuses like security and features, that's all xD

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10:16 Oct-16-2019

its really crazy to me that they would abandon the i7 7th gen. Sure they probably felt pressured from the security flaws but unless your a company that rely's on security that really isn't a huge concern.

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22:04 Oct-16-2019

Why would it be crazy? 7th Gen is trash now.

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22:46 Oct-16-2019

Actually not crazy at all. 7th gen was barely improvement from 6th gen and I fully believe it got rushed, so they could work on 8th gen with extra cores, thanks to pressure from Ryzen, age of 4 cores was over and 7th gen is relic of that time. With 8th gen everything in 7th gen got basically pushed a tier lower, like 7700k is about 8600k in performance. And with prices not dropping,...

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22:49 Oct-16-2019

... it barely makes sense anymore. In a way even on Intels own platform, with cheap enough motherboard, it would make more sense to go for newer i5 than older i7 after 7th gen. Not to mention Ryzen, which is amazing value. And price likely won't drop much in near future either, since 7700k will forever be best CPU for Z270 motherboard, since Intel keeps changing motherboards.

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09:37 Oct-17-2019

7700K was launched in January 2017, so it's almost 3-year old tech,
sure it's not a weak cpu by any means, but Intel has 8000 and 9000 series on the market, so there is no reason to sustain legacy series any longer

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15:53 Oct-17-2019

See heres what i don't get, people scream more cores for gamming, but games don't utilize more then 2-4 so your extra 8 are sitting in a dumbster. so the single core performance of the 8700k is almost none existant over the 7700k and that trend doesnt stop for benchmarks. the 7700k is pretty much in the top 10 in cinebench by 1-4 points in single core. (indie games in particular or games that are very new in development don't use more then 1-2 cores example (VR Game: VRChat) for being 3 years old its still at the top when it comes to gaming performance.

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16:05 Oct-17-2019

Also the difference between 6th gen and 7th gen is a noticable gap when your speaking about performance. Everything released after the i7 7700k was not really worth buying from intel, because intel is really specific on one thing and thats single core performance if you wanted mulitple weaker cores that preform less but better together, then amd is where your buying your hardware from for that purpose. You guys also seem to forget about the fact that intels i7 7700k has 2 threads per core, essentially 8 threads, and the 9th gen cpu's lack hyperthreading.

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16:12 Oct-17-2019

and no, thats not software threads thats hardware threads or(HART). So the 7th gen is still very far from being obsolete, at least from where i stand. Hell if the number of cores really mattered then my fx8320 would still be in my pc.

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22:22 Oct-17-2019

There actually are games that will use more than 2-4 threads, be it Assassin's Creed Origins/Odyssey, Final Fantasy 15, mutiplayer Battlefield 1/V,... And while in some average FPS will be similar, but once you look at how stable that average FPS is, you will find that even 6c 6t or 4c 8t CPUs aren't as stable and will dip lower in 1% low FPS. And I will take FPS stability over average anytime.

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07:22 Oct-18-2019

Yeah there are, but rarely does the fps/ stability have a factor on a cpu with 8 threads, any higher then 8 and you don't get much if any value from the increased core count/thread count.

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22:53 Oct-18-2019

That is true, 8 core 16 thread is maximum I would consider for gaming PC right now. For most 6 cores and 12 threads is more than fine and Ryzen does offer some really great bang for the buck there. As for 7700k, if you already have it, it is capable chip and mostly enough, definitely not something one should feel bad about. But from perspective of buying new, that is different story.

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22:55 Oct-18-2019

I just don't think it makes sense to make much more of 7th gen or buying new one. Used one is fine, if you get good bargain. And as said, while there are games, that push for more, it really depends on what you play. Still, if I were buying new, I would get more cores, because games will start pushing for more. It is not question, just matter of time.And they already did 4c4t isn't enough anymore.

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18:13 Oct-19-2019

@coldkiller79 I respectfully disagree with your assertation that gamers don't benefit from more than 4c/8t. WoW uses 8 threads now. Granted, it's DX12 and there is still a primary thread. When the patch that enabled multicore optimizations released, there was a 15-30% increase in fps that scaled with how many cores you had. In addition, OBS studio really likes when you divide it's workload between cores, so for recording and streaming, an 8+ core CPU makes total sense.

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18:27 Oct-19-2019

*** You also have to keep in mind, that intel's hyperthreading is 70% weaker per thread than an actual physical core. Each virtual thread on intel is about 30% of a physical core. AMDs is 50% by comparison(hence why AMD has better multithread.) Some games even lock you out of certain graphics settings if you have less than 6 cores!

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04:52 Oct-20-2019

Yeah I'm not saying there aren't any games that run better with more then 8 threads, i'm just saying the amount of games that do can be counted on 1 hand. if your looking for an amazing deal buying an i7 7th gen rn is not a good idea, coupled with the fact that intel would rather discontinue them then manufacture them and sell them for a lower price i'd really think amd is a better choice rn for a better value.

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21:37 Oct-21-2019

Well, ya, 8 threads is the current sweet spot for most games. But 8 physical cores will run a game better than a 4 core 8 thread CPU. That was my point. And for people who record and stream, breaking the 8 cores into 16 physical threads helps IMMENSELY. Then you have people like me who also do 4k video editing. Hence why i use a 16 core 32 thread threadripper lol.

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15:21 Oct-14-2019

For me there is no reason to produce cpus older that previous gen. for example now is 10 gen cpu then they should produce 9 and 10 gen. even only the newest gen will be fine

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07:01 Oct-14-2019

I wonder if upgrading i5-6500 to i7-6700 will be a good idea in 2020?

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07:21 Oct-14-2019

No, thats a minimal upgrade and youre better of upgrading to 8th or 9th gen or maybe even 10th

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07:37 Oct-14-2019

As long as it costs up to 20-30$, then sure, otherwise, no way.

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09:46 Oct-14-2019

upgrading from i5 6500 to i5 6600k would cost him more then 20-30$

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10:04 Oct-14-2019

Well I dude here on GD got a i7 3770 for 38$ after all was said and done, which is more than 20-30$, but he had a worse set-up than him.


But yeah, going from a 6500 to a 6700 isn't really worth it, 20% more performance on a dead-end platform, second hand shouldn't cost much.

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22:33 Oct-13-2019

It was about time. Those were only good for people upgrading who didn't want to change motherboard. Though I don't think it was that much more expensive to get equivalent 8th gen CPU and new motherboard, since due to how often Intel changes boards, used prices drop a lot slower than AMD. Still with all supply issues, I am bit surprised this didn't happen sooner.

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22:24 Oct-13-2019

I never knew they were still in production. It's odd. Why not stop production of Coffee Lake? Not the refresh.

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22:13 Oct-13-2019

Wait, my last CPU (the i7-6700) was still in production? I honestly would've thought them to be out of production for a while now... Oooookay den.

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22:04 Oct-13-2019

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19:45 Oct-13-2019

let's take a look at used PCs market featuring those cpus, they could go cheap now :)

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20:33 Oct-13-2019

Be careful, some people have been using Windows 10 on them.

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07:22 Oct-14-2019

thats good, because windows 10 is good

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18:45 Oct-13-2019

And here I am still on 4th gen.

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18:50 Oct-13-2019

Same man.

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07:13 Oct-14-2019

hi guys..

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17:08 Oct-16-2019

I think I'm the only one on this site with the non-overclockable 4790 :(

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18:32 Oct-13-2019

The i7-6700K isn't on the list. Weird.

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18:22 Oct-13-2019

This doesnt make sense at all. Why intel.

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20:15 Oct-13-2019

Intel (Mr Krabs voice): MONEY !!!

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17:00 Oct-19-2019

Yeah....

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16:01 Oct-13-2019

you would have thought that they had discountinued them almost two years ago, but nope... hmm

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17:19 Oct-13-2019

Exactly what i thought about.
If you have newer, better components for the similar price why keep on producing old junk ?
Seems like a waste of money.

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10:29 Oct-14-2019

Binnin is everything, worse silicon can be used for the worse parts e.g. this old trash.

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12:27 Oct-14-2019

Yeah, but the 6000 and 7000 series are on 14nm+ whereas the 8000 and 9000 are on 14nm++(+)?
So that would be selling two different products under the same name. Not that Nvidia hasn't done it, but still.

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