Intel launches new Skylake Processors (i5-6600K and i7-6700K) and Z170 Chipset




Intel Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K

Intel has officially released yesterday two new processors based on the Skylake architecture (6th generation Core): the Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K.

1 – Overview

A quick reminder of Intel architectures of the last five years:
– Westmere: 32nm in 2010 (tick)
– Sandy Bridge: 32nm in 2011 (tock)
– Ivy Bridge: 22nm in 2012 (tick)
– Haswell: 22nm in 2013 (tock)
– Broadwell: 14nm in 2014 (tick)
Skylake: 14nm in 2015 (tock)

The Skylake processors are built with a 14nm process and use a new socket: LG 1151.


Intel Skylake slides

The i7-6700K has 4 physical cores and 8 logical cores, 8MB of L4 cache, supports DDR4 memory (up to 2133MHz), has a TDP of 91W and is priced at USD $350. More a less same features for the little brother: the i5-6600K has 4 physical cores and 4 logical cores, 6MB of L4 cache, supports DDR4 memory (up to 2133MHz), has a TDP of 91W and is priced at USD $243.

Both processors include a new GPU, the HD Graphics 530 (9th generation). The HD 530 is globally 50% faster than the HD 4600. The HD 530 features 24 EUs (execution units) , runs at 1150MHz and supports Direct3D 12. HDMI 2.0 is not supported by default (only HMDI 1.4a is supported) so 4K @ 60Hz is only available on DisplayPort 1.2. But there is a DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 converter that makes it possible to get 4K @ 60Hz on UHD TVs (this adapter should be available on the motherboard).


Intel HD Graphics 530 architecture

Intel HD Graphics 530 architecture

Intel HD Graphics 530 architecture

Intel HD Graphics 530 architecture

And to make the most out of these new processors, Intel has released a new chipset, the Intel Z170:


intel Z170 chipset

Z170 (which is the high-end chipset, the H110 being the entry level) chipset supports DDR4 memory, PCI Express 3.0 with 20 lanes at 8Gb/sec each, up to 10 USB 3.0 ports.

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