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10 things you need to know about Intel's new 6th-gen Skylake CPU

Gordon Mah Ung | Aug. 6, 2015
Skylake will bring DDR4, better overclocking, and a better chipset, too.

3. Skylake's faster

Intel's internal comparisons put the top-end Skylake CPU about 10 percent faster than the Core i7-4790K, 20 percent faster than the Core i7-4770K and an astounding 30 percent faster than a Core i7-3770K chip. Few will upgrade from 4th generation Haswell CPUs they bought last year, but much older 3rd-gen Ivy Bridge CPUs are looking worried.

2. Mobile parts come later

You should think of these two chips as a preview of what's to come for Skylake. Officially, Intel says a mobile Skylake CPU is due anytime in the quarter. It'll probably be in time for the shopping season, is our guess.

1. Still many open questions about Skylake

How many transistors does it have? What does it actually look like on the inside? We oddly don't know, even though reviewers have tested the chip. Intel is saving that news for the Intel Developer Forum later this month.


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