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Sunday, 12 July 2015


Intel Skylake-S CPUs might debut August 2015

If you've been champing at the bit (or chomping, if you want to get loosey-goosey with the original idiom) for Intel's Skylake-S launch, you can rest easy knowing that you're in the homestretch. Well, probably. While nothing is yet official, we've been hearing for some time now that Skylake-S chips will be announced at Gamescom on August 5, 2015, and that still appears to be the case.

Chinese-language website Benchlife supposedly got its hands on some launch details for Skylake-S (Skylake for desktop), which will consist of the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6500K processors debuting on August 5. The launch will also see the introduction of Z170-chipset motherboards.

Both processors are considered "Enthusiast" level chips with 95W TDPs, The flagship Core i7-6700K will sport 8MB of L3 cache, 4GHz base clockspeed, 4.2GHz boost clockspeed, and support for DDR4-2133 and DDR3L-1600 memory. It's a quad-core chip with eight threads.

The Core i5-6600K is also a quad-core part but with no Hyper Threading support. It will be clocked at 3.5GHz (base) and 3.9GHz (boost) with 6MB of L3 cache. Memory support is the same as the Core i7-6700K.

If previous reports hold true, these will be naked processors, meaning they won't come with a retail heatsink/fan solution. That shouldn't be a big deal to most enthusiasts and overclockers, as who really wants to slap a stock cooler on a high-end CPU?

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