Intel’s 6th-Gen Skylake CPUs Make a Splash

Tech giant Intel has been giving users peeks here and there at its new Skylake CPUs, but now they get the whole picture. This week at the IFA 2015 consumer electronics show in Berlin, Intel provided attendees with eagerly-awaited details on the sixth-generation Core chips, including speeds, price and information about their internal designs.

The company showed off dozens of variations of the new chips at the trade show, including the Core Y-series chips for tablets, U-series chips for thin-and-light notebooks, and the H-series chips for mobile devices and performance mobile workstations. Also on display were the S-series chips, which will come with performance and value desktops, all-in-ones and mini PCs.

And Intel isnEUt finished rolling out the new line. During the fourth quarter of 2015 and into next year, the company will release vPro versions of the Core i5, Core i7, m5, and m7 chips, as well as more Pentium and Celeron versions. Intel also plans to release a Xeon-branded version of Skylake for servers.

The new array of CPUs is IntelEUs way of encouraging consumers to go with hardware upgrades in the form of new PCs instead of just upgrading their old machines. The company expects that the new chips, with their many features, will make faster, more efficient PCs a must-have. Although most Skylake CPUs will come pre-installed on new machines, they start at about $250 if sold separately.

Speed Gains DIffer

We reached out to Linley Gwennap, principal analyst for The Linley Group, who told us that Skylake offers significant gains in either clock speed or power for users upgrading from the 22nm Haswell.

"Compared with Broadwell, however, the gains are minimal," said Gwennap. "These products see little or no clock-speed increase."

In studying Skylake, GwennapEUs company estimated that the enhancements to the CPU design yield about 5 percent more...

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