Gamers are a big part of Intel’s strategy
With PC shipments tanking as mobile hits its stride, Intel knows that PC gamers are one of their key customers when it comes to processors. That’s why the company made sure that its sixth-generation Skylake desktop processors (launched earlier in Gamescom, Germany) are made to appeal to that market. The new processor family is headlined by two enthusiast level models: the Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K, both built using 14nm lithography.
The two new processors are monsters when it comes to performance, and have a high base frequency of 4GHz for the Core i7-6700K model and 3.5GHz for the i5-6600K model. All processors from the Skylake family comes unlocked out of the factory, which makes tinkering with them easier for people who like to overclock their chips.
With a new processor family comes a new platform, this time the Z170 chipset. The Skylake processors use DDR4 memory, and apparently won’t be compatible on Haswell-E motherboards, which also use DDR4 RAM. Intel also recognizes that not everybody has the coin to spring for DDR4 RAM, and that’s why the Z170 chipset gives manufacturers the option for their boards to support older, DDR3 memory. The new chipset sports Intel’s new HD 530 integrated graphics, which the company says run 20 to 40 percent faster than the previous generation.
Prices for the new processors are pegged at $350 (around 16K) for the Core i7-6700K and $243 (around 11.1K) for the i5-6600K model.