Which exact models are used in the V?
The used CPUs are:
- Core m3 7Y30
- Core i5 7Y54
- Core i7 7Y75
You can compare them directly here in Intel's official database
Why are you using the Y-Series CPU and not the U-Series CPU?
The community decided that the Y-Series CPU (previously known as Core M) provided enough power while being silent and increasing the battery life. The performance between the two CPU lines is similar in daily tasks - where the U-Series has an advantage is in use cases which require long periods of sustained loads.
Can we get a U-Series CPU?
As mentioned in the "Can we add X to the V" question, we can't change the specification anymore. Adding a U-Series CPU would mean we would need to redesign pretty much everything - we'd need to have an active cooling solution.
Where can I see benchmark results of the CPU?
As the 7th Generation Kaby Lake CPUs are very new there are not many benchmarks out there right now - we'll add comparison numbers to this question. However, for a comparision to the U-Series CPUs please have a look at the next question.
How does the CPU of the V compare to a U-Series CPU like in the Surface Pro 4?
While we unfortunately don't have the final numbers yet, we can definitely say that the V's i7 CPU holds up against the Surface's i7 model pretty well. In synthetic benchmarks that only use 1 CPU-Core (which applies to most applications) the previous generation Y-Series CPUs (which were called Core M back then) were at worst 10% slower than the Surface Pro 4. Since our 7th Gen CPUs are up to 18% higher clocked than their predecessors we're looking to match the Surface Pro 4's Single-Core performance even in the worst-case.
For multi-core applications we can't really give any numbers as we don't have our own yet and those fluctuate heavily on a case-by-case basis. However, since very few programs put a sustained load on the whole CPU those number aren't as relevant in the real-world. Once we've got those numbers we'll add the comparison to the Surface Pro 4 in this area as well.
How do you cool the CPU of the V?
We're cooling it completely fanless with a custom heatsink designed by our R&D partner, the best one they've ever developed. In addition to that we've also gotten Intel's approval for the heatsink, and in comparison to other competitors we're also using an aluminium chassis which has a better thermal conductivity than magnesium-alloy.
If you've got such a nice cooling, can we overclock the CPU?
While you can't directly overclock the CPU, we're working very hard with our partners to allow you to configure the TDP of the CPU, to basically allow you control how much power the CPU can get at maximum (from 3.5W to 7.5W). This feature is not confirmed, but we're doing our best to offer you this.