Architecture, graphic, socket, memory, chipset and overclocking – everything has been redesigned. Suitable for players fair Gamescom 2015 in Cologne Intel has unveiled its new generation of processors Skylake, specifically two for gamers and overclockers imaginary models – the rest of the chips are to follow in September. Both Skylake-K models Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K make so a blatant exception: Intel has previously reveal any details about the architecture, all technical information is only on the Intel-house exhibition and developer conference in mid-August 2015 IDF in San Francisco reveals.
That’s a shame because the Skylake platform represents the biggest change in Intel’s mid-range portfolio since the Lynnfield chips 2009 represents.
When Skylake generation is counting on Intel to a so-called Tock, so a new or at least greatly revised micro-architecture based on an already proven manufacturing process. All Skylake chips exposed in Intel 14-nm FinFET process, as the previous generation Broadwell.
The marked a tick, so a new production at largely identical architecture. The imaginary for desktop Broadwell-C models are barely a few weeks old, already appears with Skylake the next generation. Background is the very slow tarnished 14-nm FinFET fabrication process, because developed Broadwell and Skylake of different Intel departments.
The Skylake design comes from the team of Haifa, Israel, and thus of the same group, which has also designed the Pentium M, the Core 2 and Sandy Bridge – the current head, Mooly Eden, Intel however left a few months ago. Compared with Haswell the Haifa team has made some quite radical changes to the entire platform, these range from others working on a new chipset to a change in power supply and the first true Direct3D 12 graphics unit of Intel.
We will look at the following pages – some with and some without official information from Intel – which has new features and test whether the overall package convinced Skylake compared with previous generations. This is important for Intel because next year only a refresh and the Cannon Lake successor is planned for 2017. In addition to, if all goes as planned, will appear in a few months AMD FX processors with Zen architecture, which are also produced in a 14-nm FinFET process and could be an interesting alternative to Skylake.