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9 Aug 2015

Intel Launches New Skylake Processors for Gamers

Intel Launches New Skylake Processors for Gamers


Intel has announced two of its 6th-generation “Skylake” performance desktop processors at Gamescom, based on 14nm architecture: the i7-6700K and i5-6600K.

Targeted at gamers and power-users unlike Broadwell, the new processors are unlocked for maximum overclocking, with the limit set at a reported 5 Ghz. Anyhow, they are no slouch in the original configuration, clocked at 4Ghz (Turbo Boost to 4.2 Ghz) and 3.5 Ghz (Turbo Boost to 3.9 Ghz) for the i7-6700K and i5-6600K, respectively.
There are new HD 530 graphics, which bring a 20 to 40 percent boost from before. They is also compatible with DirectX 12 and hence ready for Windows 10. The duo support faster (and much costly) DDR4 RAM but can also run on the older DDR3 on supported motherboards.
The new processors use a new LGA 1151 CPU socket, and a new Z170 chipset, which offers additional PCI-Express lanes (all based on PCI-E 3.0 standard) to make full use of faster SSDs.
The bad thing here is obviously that you’ll need a new motherboard (or a PC) to use these new processors, but until the launch of “Cannonlake” 10nm CPUs, this will be your only option.
Both of these processors have a 91W TDP (Thermal Design Processor), which is decidedly high.
The i7-6700K and i5-6600K will set you back by $350 and $243 respectively. A mainstream processor will be launching soon too. More details should follow in the company’s August 18 conference.
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