First info on Skylake-S processors
People who closely follow the CPU market know that Intel likes to release ultra high-end processors for each new platform it introduces. A few years ago we got the Sandy Bridge-E platform with eight processing cores, then we got the Ivy Bridge-E generation and now we have the Haswell-E chips, which bring support for DDR4 SDRAM. With Skylake on the horizon we are set to get ultra high-end Skylake chips too and they might as well be called Skylake-E.
Before them, though, we will be dealing with regular Skylake-S parts and the first information on two such processors has surfaced online. The two models in question are the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K. They will use the upcoming LGA 1151 socket, which means that they might not be the high-end Skylake processors some hardware enthusiasts are waiting for, but they will certainly be some high performing parts. The Core i7-6700K will run at 4.0 GHz (4.2 GHz Turbo) and will have 8 MB of L3 cache, while the Core i5-6600K will operate at 3.5 GHz (3.9 GHz Turbo) and will have 6 MB of L3 cache. Both chips are quad-core parts but the Core i7 chip supports Hyper-Threading, while the Core i5 does not. The chips share some of the tech specs, though – they will be 95W TDP parts and will support both DDR3L and DDR4 memory at 1600 MHz and 2133 MHz, respectively, but users must install either DDR3 or DDR4 memory, and not both at the same time.
The Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K are set to launch this June, which is less than two months for now. The preliminary pricing lists USD 350 for the Core i7 chip and USD 250 for the Core i5 processor. Unfortunately this information has not been confirmed yet but as you know it might happen to be true, which means that some of you will have the super new Skylake technology in their hands in a few weeks time. This is exciting, isn’t it?