Intel launches more Skylake processors
Intel has presented a few more Skylake processors at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, keeping its promise to launch cheaper Skylake chips in September. Up until now the Skylake generation was represented only by the enthusiast-oriented Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K processors and as you can imagine both chips weren’t exactly cheap.
The launch covers the Core i7 and Core i5 Skylake lines and for the first time ever we also get Core i3 Skylake processors. Intel has presented the Core i7-6700, Core i5-6600, Core i5-6500, Core i5-6400, Core i3-6320, Core i3-6300 and Core i3-6100 processors. The Core i7 and i5 chips are quad-core parts, while the Core i3 line includes dual-core models with support for Hyper-Threading technology.
The Core i7-6700 and i5-6600 processors are similar to the already launched i7-6700K and i5-6600K models but unlike them, the newcomers come with locked multipliers and lower clock speeds. The i7-6700 runs at 3.40 GHz (4.00 GHz Turbo), while the i5-6600 runs at 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz Turbo). As a comparison the i7-6700K runs at 4.00 GHz out of the box and reaches 4.20 GHz in Turbo Mode, while the i5-6600K runs at 3.50 GHz and jumps up to 3.90 GHz in Turbo mode. The rest of the specs are the same – you get four cores, 8 MB of L3 cache, Intel HD graphics 530, Hyper-Threading and a dual-channeled DDR4 memory controller. The i7-6700 sells for USD 312, while the i5-6600 goes for USD 213.
The new Core i5 processors are all locked, which should not surprise you. The Core i5-6600 runs at 3.30 GHz (3.90 GHz Turbo), while the Core i5-6500 and Core i5-6400 run at 3.20 GHz (3.60 GHz Turbo) and 2.70 GHz (3.30 GHz Turbo), respectively. The new chips pack four cores with no support for Hyper-Threading, Intel HD 530 graphics, 6 MB of L3 cache and dual-channeled DDR4 memory controllers. The i5-6600 sells for USD 224, while the other two processors cost USD 202 and USD 187, respectively. The new Core i5 line has TDP of 65 watts, which again emphasizes the energy efficiency of Skylake and the 14 nm tech process.
The new Core i3 Skylake processors do not bring surprises as well. They are dual-core parts with support for Hyper-Threading technology and include 4 MB of L3 cache (except the i3-6100 which has 3 MB of L3 cache) and Intel HD 530 graphics. The new Core i3-line is led by the Core i3-6320, which operates at 3.90 GHz. Then you get the Core i3-6300 at 3.80 GHz and the Core i3-6100, which runs at 3.70 GHz. As you know these chips do not support Intel Turbo Boost as well.
The Core i3-6320 sells for USD 157, the Core i3-6300 goes for USD 147, while the Core i3-6100 is the cheapest model among the three – this one can be yours for USD 117. The TDP of the new Core i3 range is set at 47 watts.