Today, Intel launched its sixth generation iCore processors marking the first commercial versions of Intel’s Skylake processors utilizing a 14 nm architecture to be available on the market.
The two processors released today are the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, both of which are unlocked desktop processors aimed at PC enthusiasts and gamers who want to have the fastest chip and probably plan on overclocking their CPU.
Engadget is reporting that while the i7-7600K offers a modest 10% increase over the last-gen Haswell i7-4790k, the new 14 nm architecture is rumored to allow owners to overclock their CPU all the way up to 5 GHz.
The new Skylake processors also use the new Z170 chipset, one of the first to support the new and much faster DDR4 generation of RAM.
Engadget also notes that mobile and mainstream CPU’s are absent from today’s launch, but more information will likely be revealed on other Skylake processors at the Intel Developers Forum on August 18th. It might not be until that event, or sometime after, that we get to see the next line of chips that will end up powering the next generation of laptops, 2-in-1’s, and possibly the rumored Surface Pro 4.
Haswell was somewhat disappointing for desktop PC enthusiasts focused on performance, but are you considering upgrading a Skylake processor with DDR4 RAM? Let us know in the comment section below.Further reading: Intel, Skylake