To all Dell XPS 15 9575 and Kaby Lake-G owners: You're fine, Intel will continue to support the platform for another few years
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Intel quietly made public its EoL timetable for the short-lived Kaby Lake-G series earlier this week. The announcement likely surprised no one as the Intel-AMD chipset shipped on very few products and gained very little market share as a result. Headlines everywhere immediately deemed the Kaby Lake-G series dead and with a final ship date of July 31, 2020.
While Intel will indeed officially discontinue Kaby Lake-G and cease all shipments by next July, we want to make it clear that the chipmaker will still continue to support the platform via driver updates and security patches for the next 2 to 3 years minimum. Intel has traditionally provided driver and software updates for 5 years following the launch of each major product and Kaby Lake-G is no exception. If you're one of the few owners of a Kaby Lake-G PC, then you can rest easy knowing that you weren't suddenly thrown under the bus.
The best performing and most widely available Kaby Lake-G PC continues to be the Intel Hades Canyon NUC. Unlike other Kaby Lake-G products, this particular mini PC is the only one to ship with a 100 W Core i7-8809G CPU compared to the lesser 65 W variants on the Dell XPS 15 9575 or HP Spectre x360 15. At its best, Kaby Lake-G can offer a performance level most similar to a gaming laptop with the Core i7-7700HQ CPU and GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU. We suspect that Kaby Lake-G was simply a testbed for Intel to see what they could accomplish with the eventual Xe family of discrete GPUs.
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