The plans and features for Intel’s new Skylake-Shave processor series have been leaked by the Chinese website Benchlife.info on Monday. According to the website, the Intel Skylake-S line will feature ten processors, comprising of 95 Watt ‘K’ processors, 65 Watt processors and 35 Watt ‘T’ processors, and will be launched at the company’s development forum event in August in San Francisco.
Skylake-S is the ‘tock’ of Intel’s “tick-tock”
Of the ten processors, some will be core i5, while the others will demonstrate core i7 technology. On the basis of power consumption, 95 Watt processors will consist of Core i5-6600K and i7-6700K “unlocked” versions; other normal 65 Watt processors will include Core i5-6400, i5-6500, i5-6600, i7-6700; and, finally, the typical low-power 35 Watt versions comprising Core i5-6400T, i5-6500T, i5-6600T and i7-6700T processors. These Intel processors are expected to be a significant upgrade over the previous Haswell-based processors. In other words, Skylake-S will represent the ‘tock’ in Intel’s tick-tock processor model.
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As far as their speeds are concerned, the Core i5-6600K will run at 3.5 GHz and will have a maximum Turbo Boost frequency of 3.9 GHz, while i7-6700K processor is predicted to have a speed of 4.0 GHz that could be beefed up to 4.2 GHz. Furthermore, the 65 Watt will function at a frequency of 2.7 GHz-3.4 GHz, and the Turbo Boost technology will momentarily add 400 MHz – 600 MHz to this range.
Better than Haswell?
Moreover, similar to Haswell-based Core i5s, the i5-6600K will not favor Hyper-Threading technology, and is being predicted to contain 4 CPU cores and 6 MB of L3 cache. The Core i7-6700K will consist of L3 cache of 8 MB size and will feature Hyper-Threading. All the above-mentioned processors will also support DDR4-2133 memory over the former DDR3-1600.
Along with these features, Intel Skylake will display a new LGA 1151 socket that has an additional pin compared to its predecessor, the LGA 1150. Also, architectural design optimizations in Skylake should enhance the processor’s overall performance. The chip-maker is aiming to make Skylake’s performance 10% better than the previous Haswell processor.