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  • Intel Announces its Skylake Processor Lineup


    After several months of waiting, Intel officially revealed its 6th generation Core processor lineup, with a special focus on laptops. The information gives us a look at what Apple will likely end up using in its upcoming MacBook updates. The new chips, built on Intelís Skylake microarchitecture using a 14-nanometer fabrication process promise graphics and raw computing enhancements with unparalleled power efficiency.

    Intel appears to be revising its dual-core Core M (Y-series) convention with Skylake, breaking the category down into subfamilies dubbed Core m3, m5 and m7. Four chips are being offered: a 900 MHz Core m3, two 1.1 GHz Core m5 versions differentiated by Intel vPro and Intel TXT support and a 1.2 GHz Core m7 option. Each of the processing units tout Turbo Boost technology, 4MB of L3 cache and Intel HD graphics 515. A Pentium version is also lumped in with the low-power mobile processor line but lacks Turbo Boost and carries only 2 MB of L3 cache.

    It should be noted that the rebranded Y-series silicon is designed for use in low-power installations and is likely to be utilized in Appleís next-gen 12-inch MacBook with Retina display. The CPU, when clocked at the same base frequency as current Retina MacBook models, can extend battery life to 10 hours in normal use cases and boost graphics performance by roughly 40%.

    When you move to the U-series Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs, Skylake is bringing steady increases to base clockspeeds but again with high efficiency architecture and better graphics processing capabilities. Intel is likely pairing either Intel HD 520 or Intel Iris 540 integrated graphics with its Core i5 and i7 processors. Apple uses Core i5 and i7 U-series SKUs in its MacBook Air lineup with comparable Skylake parts clocked at 1.8 GHz for the i5 and 2.2 GHz for the i7. Intel is claiming that the new U-series chips are 10 times faster than previous chips and come with a 34% increase in graphics performance.

    Last but not least, Intelís H-series Core i5 and i7 models get modest speed gains with Skylake. On the low end is a 2.3 GHz Core i5 version while Core i7 speeds come in at 2.6 GHz, 2.7 GHz and 2.9 GHz. The other chipsets that were revealed include Intelís first Xeon laptop offering.

    Those of you interested in a full list of SKUs can find them on Intelís website.

    Are any of you excited about whatís to come?

    Source: Intel (Press Release) (PDF)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Intel Announces its Skylake Processor Lineup started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Just waiting to see how it compares to my Alienware M11x r3 in the next 12" Retina MacBook before I decide to upgrade. The screen is excruciatingly bad (same display as the 11.6" 2009 MacBook Air) but I couldn't imagine upgrading a four year old laptop to get lower performance at the price they were asking for the first gen model.