With Broadwell, its fifth-generation processors, Intel has accumulated a bit ‘late despite being primarily a shrink to 14nm manufacturing process. The first processors with architecture Broadwell to reach the market were the Core M, or Y-Broadwell in September 2014 with a TDP of 4.5W, followed by Broadwell-U with thermal profiles of 15W at the turn of the new year. For Broadwell standard voltage has run even had to wait for Computex 2015 in June, by which time everyone’s attention was already facing the sixth generation of Core CPUs made in Santa Clara, codenamed Skylake.
According to the typical cadence “Tick-Tock” Intel Skylake marks a critical step because it brings with it a redesigned architecture and thus improvements in performance that are set to be substantial. In a series of slide published in July, Intel has suggested that Skylake U would be faster than 10% in terms of overall performance, although it is also more efficient, allowing a longer battery life increased by 1.4 hours in the reproduction of video, and especially would provide a boost of 34% in the 3D graphics tests carried out by Intel engineers with 3DMark 11. The estimates are based on the performance of the game on the GPU integrated Intel Graphics LP on January 9 but, from Skylake, there will be Intel Core series U provided GPU Graphics Iris and overall TDP of 28W for which it is reasonable to expect much wider margins.
The Intel Skylake-U with Intel graphics Iris expected to hit the market later, at the beginning of 2016, while models of the same family with graphics 9 January are expected in October 2015, and will certainly be among the protagonists of ‘ IDF 2015 San Francisco in mid-August.
However, we are able to provide even now some more details thanks to some leaked slide published by colleagues FanlessTech. These in brief are the first Intel processors Skylake U series designed to tablet, convertible 2in1 and ultra-thin notebooks:
Intel Core i7-6600U (2.6-3.4 GHz / 2C4T / HD Graphics 520 / vPro / 15W TDP)
Intel Core i7-6500U (2.5-3.1 GHz / 2C4T / HD Graphics 520 / 15W TDP)
Intel Core i5-6300U (2.4-3.0 GHz / 2C4T / HD Graphics 520 / vPro / 15W TDP)
Intel Core i5-6200U (2.3-2.8 GHz / 2C4T / HD Graphics 520 / 15W TDP)
Intel Core i3-6100U (2.3 GHz / 2C4T / HD Graphics 520 / 15W TDP)
Intel Pentium 4405U (2.1 GHz / 2C4T / HD Graphics 510 / 15W TDP)
Intel Celeron 3955U (2.0 GHz / 2C2T / HD Graphics 510 / 15W TDP)
Intel Celeron 3855U (1.6 GHz / 2C2T / HD Graphics 510 / 15W TDP)
It is 8 CPUs of different level; ranging from entry-level Celeron without HyperThreading to the top of the range Core i5 and i7 also feature support for vPro technology, which will incorporate these chips within a business ecosystem. Apart from the clock frequency and the presence of some distinctive technologies such as Intel Turbo Boost 2.0, all chip Skylake-U have a similar design with three exceptions: the GPU integrated Intel HD in the Core 520 replaces the slower Intel HD 510 which equips instead Pentium and Celeron, and these latter also have a memory controller not compatible with the modules DDR4 and in most cases fitted with a controller I / O simplified, devoid of support for PCI Express 3.0, for the RAID and with less USB and SATA.
Different components of the range Skylake U
It’s not news that Pentium and Celeron are on a lower step, but we can consider it a confirmation of the fact that if you want to exploit the full potential of the microarchitecture Skylake-U, as DDR4, ultra-fast SSD and integrated 3D graphics but fully-featured , you’ll have to opt for notebook, tablet and mini-PC with Intel Core processors. For our hands-on with one of the very first prototypes of these laptops, go to this link.
Let us know your thoughts on the sixth-generation Intel Core and if you think it’s worth waiting for the end of the year to buy a new laptop, or if the current x86 chips from Intel and AMD are more than sufficient for your needs and for running the most of Windows 10.