Intel Skylake To Include Three SKU Variants at Launch
The launch of Intel’s first range of Skylake chips is just around the corner: Intel is all set to release its new Core i-series processors based on the latest Mac and Windows architecture at Gamescom during August 5 to 9.
The first Intel Skylake chips will be high-end gaming processors that can be overclocked, offering great performance at substantially lower power consumption.
Intel’s goal with Skylake is to make PC usage easier and accessible – something that the company is looking to achieve by implementing wire-free technologies in these new chips. So PCs could charge and transfer data to hardware peripherals wirelessly.
We already know that Intel plans to introduce two quad-core, Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K, processors in the first wave of releases in early August. Both these premium processors will come with unlocked multiplier and 95W thermal design power.
However, a new report has now emerged online which claims that the first wave will not only bring the more desirable CPU’s as mentioned above, but also a currently unknown, higher range i5 or lower range i7 chip. Though rumors are rife that this chip could be the higher end i5-6500k.
If previous reports are to be believed, customers will be able to purchase the unlocked quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K microprocessors for $400 and $280, respectively. So we assume the third chip to cost something in the $300 region.
Considering the high demand for these next iteration of CPU’s, the stock is expected to be extremely limited and prices could be raised as well.
Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Asus are among the companies who will ship the first Windows 10 PCs based on Skylake, in the second half of this year. Apple is also reported to feature the chips in Macbooks although no official statement has been made yet.