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Specifications of Intel Core i5/i7 ‘Skylake-S’ desktop processors revealed

A web-site has published what it claims to be specifications of Intel Corp.’s next-generation desktop microprocessors code-named “Skylake-S”. If the information is correct, then the initial “Skylake-S” family will hardly be truly broad and will not impress with high clock-rates.

The upcoming Core i5 and Core i7 “Skylake-S” product lineup will consist of 10 microprocessor models, according to data published by China-based BenchLife web-site, which allegedly obtained an Intel document with specifications of the central processing units. Surprisingly, the initial range of “Skylake-S” microprocessors for desktops will not include any Core i3, Pentium or Celeron offerings, which means that Intel will only target premium market segments with its new chips this year.

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There will be three types of Intel “Skylake-S” processors for desktops: with 95W, 65W and 35W thermal design power (TDP) aimed at different classes of PCs. The highest-performing tier of “Skylake-S” with 95W TDP will include only two models with unlocked multiplier: Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K. The mainstream “Skylake-S” range with 65W TDP will include four SKUs: Core i7-6700, Core i5-6600, Core i5-6500 and Core i5-6400. The low-power “Skylake-S” family for desktops with 35W TDP will also include four models: Core i7-6700T, Core i5-6600T, Core i5-6500T and Core i5-6400T. Eventually the line of “Skylake-S” products will add more processors, including more affordable Core i3, Pentium and Celeron offerings.

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All Intel Core i5 and Core i7 “Skylake-S” processors feature four  x86 cores with or without Hyper-Threading technology, a new integrated graphics processor with improved multimedia capabilities, a dual-channel DDR4/DDR3L memory controller and 6MB or 8MB of last level cache (LLC). The chips will feature LGA1151 form-factor and will be compatible with mainboards based on the Intel 100-series chipsets, including Z170, Z150, Q170, Q150, B150 and H110.

It is noteworthy that despite of the fact that the new “Skylake-S” microprocessors are made using 14nm process technology, their clock-rates are rather low. Sometimes they match frequencies of comparable “Haswell” products available today, sometimes they are a tad lower.

The code-named “Skylake-S” central processing units for desktops are projected to hit the market in October.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: We do know that microprocessors based on “Skylake” micro-architecture have higher IPC [instructions per clock] performance than chips powered by “Haswell” technology. Therefore, there are no doubts that new CPUs will be faster than the previous-generation products. But will performance gap be wide enough to stimulate users to upgrade?

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