We haven’t heard that much about Intel’s HEDT (high end desktop) processors in a while. A new report from BenchLife suggest that Intel will be launching their flagship Broadwell-E HEDT processors in Q1 of 2016. The Broadwell-E platform is comprised of X99-based motherboards and 6-8 core processors.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ITX Special Edition Case, the worst PC setups from August, the expansion Intel’s Skylake desktop processor line, and much more!
Intel has expanded its 6th generation Core “Slylake” processor lineup, adding seven new desktop processors. All of these processors are built on the LGA1151 package and work on motherboards that are running the company’s 100-series chipset. Intel has added the i7-6700, i5-6600, i5-6500, i5-6400, i3-6320, i3-6300, and the i3-6100. The Core i7 and i5 models are quad-core, while the Core i3 models are dual core.
Intel’s flagship Skylake processors (Core i7-6700K & Core i5-6600K) processors were launched earlier this month at Gamescom. When they were released Intel actually did not show us or anyone the actual die layout of the chip. Now that IDF is happening Intel has released these documents giving us more information about the “Slyake-D” silicon. On main difference between this and “Haswell-D” is that it is much smaller.
Intel’s latest Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K processors do not come bundled with a cooler. This is very typical as they are enthusiasts parts and most enthusiast will opt to use a third-party cooling solution for better performance. Not that long ago Akiba PC Hotline published details and photos of Intel’s stock cooler designed for the LGA1151 socket. The Intel Thermal Solution TS15A is quite large and more than twice the size of the LGA1150 retail cooler.
Intel has just launched their enthusiast desktop Skylake processor, but they are not done with Skylake. The upcoming Skylake-U low-power processors are made for ultra-portable notebooks, tablets, convertibles, and fan-less desktops. These dual-core chips will extend through five brand extensions – Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, and Celeron.
PC Watch went ahead and got under the hood of a Core i7-6700K processor, commonly known as de-lidding. What they found was an unexpectedly small silicon, which is actually shorter in proportion to its width than previous dies found on Intel Haswell-D and Ivy Bridge-D and even Intel’s i7-5775C Broadwell processor, which has the same 14 nm process.
Skylake and the Z170 chipset is here and we are going to take a look at one of MSI’s motherboard offerings for the Z170 chipset. MSI has done an interesting thing with their Gaming Series motherboards. Because other manufacturers have copied their naming scheme they have named their boards Gaming “M” to distinguish them. So today we are checking out the MSI Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard, this naming scheme makes me think of BMW models! The Z170A Gaming M5 sort of sits in the middle of MSI’s Gaming M series with the M3 below it and the M7 and M9 ACK above it. Each of MSI’s new Z170 Gaming motherboards are loaded with features and the Z170A Gaming M5 is no exception with Killer E2400 Gaming networking, USB 3.1 support, dual M.2 slots, MSI’s audio boost 3 audio solution, steel reinforced PCI-Express slots and much more! Let’s take a look and see if this is the Z170 motherboard for you!
Skylake is officially here! Since Skylake brings with it a brand new architecture and chipset that means we have a bunch of motherboards launching today! The biggest improvement on Z170 chipset is that you get 40% more high-speed I/O lanes (PCI-Express / USB 3.0) compared to Intel’s 9 Series chipsets. If you want the low-down on Intel’s Core i7-6700K processor be sure to check out our review, which went up earlier today. Our first Z170 motherboard review will be ASUS’s Z170-A, which is designed to bring you all of the features of the Z170 chipset, but at a very low cost. This motherboard has great hardware features like USB 3.1, SATA Express and M.2, but also great tuning options like auto-tuning, fan-tuning, and even the ability to use your mobile device as your keyboard and mouse. Let’s take a look and see what ASUS has in store for us with the Z170 chipset!
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