Intel Rolls Out 6th-Gen ‘Skylake’ Processors

The worldEUs largest chipmaker is hoping to attract gamers and enthusiasts with its latest high-end PC processors. Intel announced the arrival of the sixth generation of its Intel Core family of processors with the debut of the i7-6700K and i5-6600K at the Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany today. The new processors also herald a new, faster chipset, the Z170.

The new family, codename EUSkylake,EU will run at 3.5 GHz and 4.0 GHz for the i7 and the i5 respectively, listing at a suggested retail price of $350 for the i7 and $243 for the i5. Enthusiasts will not be able to replace their existing processors with them, however, since the new models will not fit the older chipsets and motherboards. OEMs are already at work designing new motherboards around the new chipset. Like IntelEUs previous Broadwell architecture, the new chips are based on the 14-nanometer transistor framework.

Appealing to Modders

The Skylake family promises to provide a 10 percent improvement in performance over the current generation of chips. But the real appeal of Skylake may be its overclocking capabilities. Overclocking, the practice of running a processor at a speed faster than its default setting, is particularly popular with gamers, as well as power computer and other computing enthusiasts.

Although much of the growth in gaming has come from mobile phone and other casual gaming platforms, Intel built the chips with the PC market in mind. EUThe PC remains the number one platform for gaming from a volume, revenue, and growth perspective and Intel takes the segment seriously,EU the company said in a blog posting announcing the new chips. To drive the point home, Intel is hosting a EUmoddingEU contest, inviting users to show off individual modifications they have made to their desktop systems.

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