After a long wait, the 6th Gen Intel Skylake processors and the Z170 Express chipset have gone official today. The ‘Skylake’ processor family is manufactured on Intel’s new 14nm fan and brings a number of significant improvements over the previous gen ‘Haswell’ and ‘Broadwell’ CPU family.
The new LGA1151 package processors offer DDR4 memory support, IPC improvements, more powerful graphics, and other improvements. For now, Intel has announced only two desktop Skylake processors – the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K. Both of these processors are targeted at the enthusiast gaming PC market, allowing for high overclock speeds.
Intel Core i7-6700K features a base clock of 4.00 GHz, with a Turbo Boost clock of 4.20 GHz. It includes 8MB L3 cache, HyperThreading support, and comes with the Intel HD 530 graphics clocked at 350 MHz. The Core i5-6600K features a lower base clock of 3.50 GHz and a Turbo Boost clock of 3.90 GHz. It comes with 6MB L3 cache and Intel HD 530 graphics. HyperThreading however, is not supported. Both are 91W TDP chips and arrive with integrated memory controllers that support DDR3L-1600 and DDR4-2133 memory modules.
Intel has priced the Core i7-6700K at $350, while the Core i5-6600K has been priced at $243.
More details on the Skylake microarchitecture will be shared by Intel on 18th August at IDF 2015.