Intel Skylake to feature low clock speed

It appears that we are one day closer to the launch of the new Intel Skylake processors since more information on the new platform has reached the Internet. The news, which this time comes from Italy, is rather interesting, despite its not so exciting first part.

And this first part touches the clock speed of Skylake – apparently the new 14 nm chips will not offer high clock speed unless you overclock them. There is no hard data how many GHz the new architecture will offer but given the news we do not expect to see 3+ GHz processors. The expected low clock speed is due to the complexity of the new architecture, which will be a radical departure from the Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell and Broadwell generations. Yet, this same complexity will be the most exciting thing in Skylake – the new processors are expected to bring support for DDR4 memory, a new LGA 1151 socket, AVX 3.2 instructions, support for PCI-E 4.0 and drastically higher performance that will resemble the Pentium 4 Prescott-to-Conroe performance gap of nearly 10 years ago despite the expected low clock speed. Now this is something really exciting!

If the news is correct then the folks at AMD should be really worried as their Piledriver architecture will surely bite some dust. Maybe AMD’s new Zen architecture will be their salvation? We’ll see sometime next year.