Intel Skylake CPUs and Chipsets to Debut at Gamescom

Terry Olaes

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Looks like the leaked Intel Skylake release schedule Steve posted earlier this month is panning out, if the detail in this DigiTimes article is true. The 14nm CPU and corresponding 100-series chipset is expected to be unveiled early August at Gamescom in Germany.

Intel will announce the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K as well as Z170 chipsets initially targeting gamers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
 

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Just in time to build a new PC. My current setup is pretty embarrassing.
 

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Let me guess, the cpu will run a bit cooler and be a bit faster and previous gen owners wont see a need to upgrade? These minimal updates are getting a bit stale.
 

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Let me guess, the cpu will run a bit cooler and be a bit faster and previous gen owners wont see a need to upgrade? These minimal updates are getting a bit stale.

Yup. Although, I'm hoping it can overclock well. My 2600K is old, but still runs fast enough for everything. I want to upgrade, but the cost vs. performance isn't there yet.

I am hoping its a good upgrade, and I can upgrade come November. I'm wanting to upgrade to a new CPU, RAM (32GB DDR4), MB and GPU (might go NVIDIA after a long time of AMD). I just want to be happy with the upgrade, and not just be about the same... I'm looking forward to benchies, though! Hopefully, it's a good processor and not just a small incremental upgrade.
 

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I've been waiting for this. I've been itching to retire my i7 930 system.
 

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I've been waiting for this. I've been itching to retire my i7 930 system.

That's the first generation that genuinely is starting to feel old. Maybe my 2500K will feel that way next year... or the year after.
 

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Let me guess, the cpu will run a bit cooler and be a bit faster and previous gen owners wont see a need to upgrade? These minimal updates are getting a bit stale.

That's my first reaction. But there are other architectural upgrades that come along with the new chipset which make it more attractive than just running a little faster.
 

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Hopefully they'll take another mobile-first approach to the new processor release. It's annoying to have like a 25 watt P8400 and a 15 watt Quadro NVS 160m that demand that some poor little cooling fan work extra hard to keep all the heat away in the summer (which then heats up whatever room its in) which makes me want to not even turn that laptop on until fall. I'd be really happy to see Intel do the Iris Pro stuff and a modern CPU core within 10 watts this time around. There's no excuse for any modern laptop to need a cooling fan and a long snaky copper heat pipe in 2015.
 

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I've been waiting for this. I've been itching to retire my i7 930 system.

Pfft.

My system was originally built with a Q6600 that I swapped for a Q9550 a few months ago. I promised my self the next time I upgrade will be when Fall Out 4 comes out and here it is.

Thank god I didn't use Half Life 3 as the trigger.
 
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That's the first generation that genuinely is starting to feel old. Maybe my 2500K will feel that way next year... or the year after.
How long ago did the i7 first debut? Six or seven years now? I couldn't imagine sitting on the same processor for that long back in late 90s to early 00s.
 

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If the chipset ends up with 20x PCI-E 3.0 lanes that's a huge boon to anyone looking to the new storage options coming out. Even if it's just a direct upgrade to 8x PCI-E 3.0 that would be nice, albeit far less so.

Grabbing 4x PCI-E 3.0 lanes for M.2/U.2 drives is a bit of a mess right now on the mainstream platform.
 

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I've got an Intel C2D E6700 (along with a Radeon 5850) so I'm pretty excited to update.
 

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How long ago did the i7 first debut? Six or seven years now? I couldn't imagine sitting on the same processor for that long back in late 90s to early 00s.

November 2008 is when the i7 920 was released, if I remember correctly. It's still doing very well for me today. When I built this, I never expected it would last 6-7 years, possibly even more.
 

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yep. my 26000k is def long in the tooth. so sad that we have run into this wall. somethings gotta give soon!
 

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I've got an Intel C2D E6700 (along with a Radeon 5850) so I'm pretty excited to update.

Yikes. My last chip was a C2D E6300, but I couldn't take it any longer a few years ago! I think my next upgrade is Cannonlake.
 

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Yikes. My last chip was a C2D E6300, but I couldn't take it any longer a few years ago! I think my next upgrade is Cannonlake.

I've largely been able to hold off because I frankly have a pretty big backlog of older games to still play through, so being so far behind hasn't been a huge hindrance. But I am getting to a point where it would be nice to be able to play newer stuff like GTA V, Witcher 3 and Shadow of Mordor smoothly. But I've been pretty happy with how much the E6700 (OC'd to 3.2 GHz) and the XFX Radeon 5850 Black Edition have held up).

I'd love to do a new build with Skylake and a 980 Ti (or possibly Fury X if it's a worthwhile alternative).
 

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How long ago did the i7 first debut? Six or seven years now? I couldn't imagine sitting on the same processor for that long back in late 90s to early 00s.

Still using my overclocked i860 as it's fast enough for 98% of what I do.

Just can't justify spending the money for a new board/cpu/memory for increase in speed I don't need most the time. The days of a 30% increase every couple years is long gone, as are the need for frequent upgrades. Maybe I'll upgrade after the next generation or 2, when I'll be able to double my speed.
 

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Let me guess, the cpu will run a bit cooler and be a bit faster and previous gen owners wont see a need to upgrade? These minimal updates are getting a bit stale.

Intel would love to hear your ideas regarding how to make big gen-to-gen leaps in performance while making the CPU more power efficient.

The fact that the CPUs get more power efficient AND faster per cycle is pretty impressive in and of itself. And they still have a big lead in performance over AMD.
 

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Pfft.

My system was originally built with a Q6600 that I swapped for a Q9550 a few months ago. I promised my self the next time I upgrade will be when Fall Out 4 comes out and here it is.

Thank god I didn't use Half Life 3 as the trigger.

Damn dude. My Q6600 to i5-2500K was a huge upgrade. You will be quite pleased when you eventually make the move.
 

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I've been waiting for this because of the HEVC H.265 hardware decoding. That should be nice for a Plex server.

I'm still running my i7-920 also. The only reason Intel has given me to upgrade from that is motherboard features so far. Everything released since then has been 2% faster, uses less electricity. I can buy a lot of electricity for the cost of a new CPU, RAM and motherboard.
 

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That's the first generation that genuinely is starting to feel old. Maybe my 2500K will feel that way next year... or the year after.

aye, lynnfield & bloomfield have been plenty powerful til 14nm has begged their replacement.
 

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upgrade itch is getting hard to resist. although my first gen i5 is still plenty fast.
 

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Lol, just like many of you i'm still rocking my i7-930.
I was going to look to upgrade this year, but... meh, i think i might wait until next year when i can also update my video card after they shrink the graphics chips down to 14-16nm as well.
 

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i upgraded just a handful of months ago from a phenom x4 965 to a used, cheap 2500k, and ive been inching closer and closer to 5GHz. definitely was a nice upgrade.

if DX12 really does end up utilizing ~8+ cores, when i'll upgrade. otherwise, whats really the point?
 

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Hmmmm, still not sure if its time to upgrade, as I don't seem to run much software that's really bottlenecked by my old 3570K and 4790K overclocked rigs. Think I might wait this out.
 

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I know that this place is [H]ard and everyone needs to be the same...:D

But reading the same thing, over and over, "new CPU, im upgrading!!", i have to ask, what the hell are you doing that you need the latest and greatest CPU and it needs to be upgraded every damn year?

I remember the old days, when moving from 8088 to the 286 to the 386, etc meant a real boost in speed, but the last 5 or so years, i fail to keep any cpu loaded to the point that i'm crying for an upgrade.

I have a i5-3570k on my gaming system and is not even OC, yet I can play at 1080P just fine.

Granted, i do need a new GPU, since my 560-448 is definitely ancient and needs an upgrade. But anything I do is barely taxing the CPU.

Anyway, let me go back to scare kids off my lawn...
 

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I know that this place is [H]ard and everyone needs to be the same...:D

Honestly I feel that since Sandy Bridge, the significant bottleneck has been the GPUs. If you're running 2500k or anything since, I highly doubt there is a need to upgrade, even if there is a significant upgrade this time around from Intel.
 
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The latest CPU can still help in gaming when it comes to strategy and simulation games that get bottle-necked by the CPU before the GPU, once at a certain stage in the game. But yeah, the situations where the CPU is the bottleneck is relatively rare these days. Especially while developers still have not caught up to fully multi-threading for quad-cores and higher.
 
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