Intel Corp.’s code-named “Skylake” processors may be significantly faster than existing chips at the same clock-rate thanks to architectural improvements, according to performance benchmarks of alleged engineering sample of the forthcoming CPU. If Intel manages to maintain current clock-rates with commercial “Skylake” chips, the latter could be significantly faster than existing offerings for enthusiasts.
Journalists from 3DCenter.org have found performance results of an unknown Intel processor identified as “Intel Family 6 Model 94 Stepping 1” in GeekBench 3's database. The central processing unit has four cores, supports Hyper-Threading technology and is believed to be an engineering sample of Intel's “Skylake” CPU. Just like previously surfaced “Skylake” chips, this one operates at relatively low clock-rate of 2.60GHz, which is typical for engineering samples. Usually such chips function without Turbo Mode.
Despite of the fact that the alleged “Skylake ES” processor operates at 2.60GHz and without Turbo Mode, its performance in GeekBench 3 is not dramatically behind that of Intel Core i7-4770K at 3.50GHz without Turbo. Moreover, the “Skylake ES” processor is ahead of the Core i7-4770T at 2.50GHz without Turbo, which means that the new chip has certain architectural advantages.
While it is hard to make conclusions about the “Skylake” micro-architecture based on a single benchmark result, it is pretty obvious that the future CPUs will be faster than the current ones at the same clock-rate.
While micro-architectural advantages of “Skylake” chips are undeniable, it remains to be seen whether Intel manages to maintain current clock-rates of enthusiast-class chips at 3.60GHz – 4.0GHz with its upcoming products. While “Haswell” processors featured certain advantages compared to “Ivy Bridge” CPUs, they operated at slightly lower clock-rates and therefore their real-world performance advantages over previous-generation processors were limited.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: The results of “Skylake” chips are clearly very promising. If Intel manages to release a 4GHz quad-core “Skylake” chip this year, then many enthusiasts may decide to upgrade.