An online store from the U.S. has started to accept pre-orders on yet-unannounced Intel Core i-series “Skylake-S” central processing units. The fact that a store lists the new chips along with their product codes indicates that they are already in Intel Corp.’s database for resellers and the chipmaker is ready to start their shipments shortly.
PC Connection, an online store from the U.S., offers its customers to pre-order unlocked quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K as well as Core i5-6600K microprocessors for $401 and $279, respectively. The chips cost more than their predecessors because the store charges premium for the products, which have not been announced yet. In addition, the store offers to pre-order Core i5-6400, i5-6500, i5-6600 and i7-6700, also at a premium, reports CPU World.
It is important to note that while the store takes pre-orders on the forthcoming microprocessors from Intel, it does not reveal when it plans to ship the chips to its customers.
Intel plans to introduce two enthusiast-oriented quad-core Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K processors with unlocked multiplier and 95W thermal design power in early August. Several weeks later – in late August or early September – Intel plans to roll-out its second wave of quad-core “Skylake-S” processors with 65W TDP designed for mainstream markets. Intel’s “Skylake” processors are based on brand-new micro-architecture and are expected to offer higher performance compared to existing central processing units. Platforms for Intel “Skylake” CPUs feature enhanced support for PCI Express 3.0 and provide better performance for multi-GPU and high-end solid-state storage applications.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.
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KitGuru Says: The first “Skylake-S” central processing units are about a month away and many enthusiasts are eager to get the new processors as soon as possible. It is not surprising that stores want to charge customers who want to have the hardware early extra $40 – $70 per unit.