Intel Skylake a.k.a 6th Gen Processors – Are they Best in Town?

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The sudden growth of the mobile or in particular, smartphone industry has taken PC industry for a ride. We have seen a decline in year-on-year growth of the personal computers for the past couple of years. But, the processor maker Intel is heavily pushing the upgraded chips to market that helps developers to build some kickass products and games. This can in turn bring back those huge sets of users who loves to play hardcore graphics oriented games. To add up to the list, the company has unveiled no less than 48 Intel Skylake a.k.a 6th generation processors for desktop and mobile with both under clocked and over clocked options.

Similar to last years’ Broadwell Microarchitecture, Intel has pushed 14nm process nodes to the Skylake processors as well. The desktop family comprises a Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 line-up aimed at all types of desktop devices across the market, for the gamers to traditional PCs, all-in-ones, mini PCs, portable all-in-ones and the Intel Compute stick (as well as other sticks).

Compared to the 5th gen processors, the Intel Skylake promises a 60 percent better performance, 11x better HD graphics performance and an ability to overclock it. Also, the company is trying to bring in DDR4 to the mainstream at last. Well, your old DDR3 will work, but you need to have a lower-voltage variant of DDR3 that’s not very common on desktop systems.

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For the mobile devices, Intel has released three types of processors.

  1. 5W Y-series with Intel HD graphics 515 for 2-in-1s and detachable
  2. 15W U-series with Intel HD Graphics 520 for “thin and light powerful systems”
  3. Most powerful 45W H-series with Intel HD Graphics P530 for “the ultimate mobile experience”

Even for the tablets, Intel has upgraded the Core M line up of chips, which promises to double the performance, 14 percent better graphics and a whooping 10 hours battery backup on the machine running Windows 10 operating system.

All in all, Intel Skylake seems to be a worthy upgrade keeping in the mind the cost it carries for the chip as well as the other upgrades like DDR4 RAM. This line of chipsets claimed to be 30 percent better performance than a three-year-old Ivy Bridge architecture or a third generation processor, 20 percent better performance than a two-year-old Haswell architecture or a fourth generation processor and a 10 percent better performance than a year old Broadwell architecture or a fifth generation processor.

Here are some of the benchmarks pulled from the web which are a two year old chipset i7 4790K vs latest i7 6700K chipset.

Mobile Specific – Intel Skylake Processors

As said before, Intel has launched a chipset based on Skylake architecture wherein the cache memory ranges from 3MB to 8MB and clock speed ranging from 2.3GHz to 3.8GHz. Well, these are really powerful chipsets for the gamers. Also, the ability to overclocking and underclocking few more advantages for the manufacturers to place their product from being a best productivity to best gaming system.

6th Generation Intel® Core™ i3 Processors for Mobile Products

Processor NumberIntel® Core™ i3-6100H Processor (3M Cache, 2.70 GHz)Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor (3M Cache, 2.30 GHz)
Cache3 MB3 MB
Clock Speed2.7 GHz2.3 GHz
# of Cores/# of Threads2/42/4
Max TDP/Power35 W15 W
Memory TypesDDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600DDR4-1866/2133, LPDDR3-1600/1866
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 530Intel® HD Graphics 520

6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processors for Mobile Products

Processor NumberIntel® Core™ i5-6440HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.20 GHz)Intel® Core™ i5-6300U Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)
Cache6 MB6 MB 3 MB
Clock Speed2.6 GHz2.3 GHz 2.4 GHz
# of Cores/# of Threads4/44/4 2/4
Max TDP/Power45 W45 W 15 W
Memory TypesDDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600DDR4-1866/2133, LPDDR3-1600/1866 DDR4-1866/2133, LPDDR3-1600/1866
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 530Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 520

6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors for Mobile Products

Processor NumberIntel® Core™ i7-6920HQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.80 GHz)Intel® Core™ i7-6820HQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
Cache8 MB8 MB 8 MB
Clock Speed2.9 GHz2.7 GHz 2.7 GHz
# of Cores/# of Threads4/84/84/8
Max TDP/Power45 W45 W45 W
Memory TypesDDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600DDR4-1866/2133, LPDDR3-1600/1866 DDR4-1866/2133, LPDDR3-1600/1866
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 530Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® HD Graphics 520

When the power of the 6th generation Intel Core processor meets the promise of Windows 10, bold becomes breathtaking. With such huge processing powers, one can have a stunning improvements in Visual Experiences. There is a huge dip in wake up time of the processor as well that leads to boot up the system in flash and lets you switch in and out of apps more seamlessly than ever.

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Intel has included their own in-house worry-free and hassle-free security features to the chipsets. With facial recognition and True Key technology, getting you logged in and protected has never been easier or more secure. Though the true key technology is yet to reach the masses, you can avail it quickly and enjoy the more secure way to access the system running Intel Skylake processors.

Applications and Games that fit to the Mobile Processor

Well, not so fan of games anymore. The age of mine has moved me away from being a gamer to productivity player. I can be completely be a noob here. But there are my thoughts about the best applications and games that can run well on the each processor for the mobile.

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Intel Core i3 6th Gen

Being on an affordable and lower end segment, Core i3 can be a viable chipset to rely on. Going by previous experiences with this line of chipset, it can handle games are NFS Most wanted, Tomb Radier, Shadow of Mordor, Skyrim etc. In terms of the applications, it can run any application from Adobe that needs heavy graphics. But I feel Abode After Effects might end up providing slow rendering rate.

Intel Core i5 6th Gen

This is a mid-ranges in both segments in terms of the pricing as well as the performance. This processor can easily handle any programming tools like Microsoft Visual Studio, can run any simulator without much hassle and can provide a better rendering rate on Abode After Effects. In terms of the games, this can seamlessly run above mentioned games along with games like FIFA 15, Far Cry 4, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive etc. Some might give a lower bit rate issue. But that can be ignored.

Intel Core i7 6th Gen

Do we really need to talk about this chipset and the types of games and applications it can run? Well, this is an ultimate beast among all three in the group that can run any game and applications. Applications like CAD which requires more cache memory, RAM and processing speed runs smoothly on this chipset. Games like Grand Theft Auto V, The Witcher 3, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dying Light, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Mortal Kombat X and any other can unlikely give any bit rate issue.

Concluding the possibilities of the upgraded Intel Skylake a.k.a 6th Gen Processors, these are really worthy upgrades one can look out for though you will be shelling extra bucks for those DDR4 RAM and other needed requirements.

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