Intel to Lure Gamers and Overclock Enthusiasts with the all new Sixth Gen Processors

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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SANTA CLARA, CA:  Intel, the semiconductor chip makers plans to roll out two fresh CPUs: the Skylake or sixth-generation Core chips, which are the first of its kind.  

Skylake is specifically designed to attract gaming enthusiasts and overclockers. The terminology used for the released quad-core processors is i7-6700K and i5-6600K, with ‘K” symbolizing that these are unlocked and are available for overclocking.  

The i7 6700K comes with a faster clock speed (4GHz and 4.2GHz in Turbo Boost mode) with a cache memory of 8MB, and eight threads offered in the hyper threading. However, the i5-6600K offers a core clock speed of 3.5GHz (3.9GHz in Turbo Boost), with a cache memory of 6MB, and does not offer hyper-threading. Both can be mated with up-to 64GB of DDR4 RAM and come with HD Graphics 530.

Intel's latest integrated graphics technology scores some major improvements over its previous versions; as with the new Skylake processors it’s easier for users to adjust BCLK frequencies for making more precise overclocking control unlike the case with recent unlocked chips by Intel. Intel will be pricing the i7-6700K and i5-6600K at 350 dollars and 243 dollars respectively.

Dan Ackermen reports for CNET  that the concept of Skylake is a representation of "tock" in the Intel's tick-tock cycle of updating.  Where the "tick" is for all the major physical, structural change, like moving to a 14nm (which refers to the size of a transistor on the chip) manufacturing process, and the "tock" is in representation of the new features on top of the previous generation's size change, like in the case of 6th generation of Core i-series processors.