Intel Skylake De-Lidded and It Surprised Us

It was only a matter of time before someone de-lidded one of the new Intel Skylake processors and just that has been done now with a new Core i7-6700K quad-core processor, and it holds a few surprises. The actual silicon inside the chip was unexpectedly small and even smaller than that of the i7-5775C which uses the same 14nm process. The reason why it can be smaller is the slimmer iGPU that only has 24 execution units, half of the 5775C, as well as lack of the external 128MB SRAM cache for the iGPU.

The second surprise to be found was the slimmer substrate used on the i7-6700K processor over the predecessor i7-4770K. The new Skylake is only 0.8mm thick compared to the 1.1mm on the previous, but Intel made up for the height difference with a thicker integrated heat spreader and thereby making sure that older CPU coolers still will be compatible with the new CPUs.

The third surprise sadly isn’t much of a surprise at all and that is in regards to the TIM used. Intel used a rather viscous silver-based TIM between the die and the IHS and it isn’t the optimal choice as tests by PC Watch shows.

They swapped out the original TIM with Prolimatech PK-3 and Cool Laboratory Liquid Pro instead and found some impressive temperature drops, both at stock speed and when overclocked to 4.6GHz. That is a real disappointment, especially when you consider the premium price you pay for intel CPUs and it is very uncool in my book and it is something they need to improve upon in the house of Intel.

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Matt Smith To Hang Up The Sonic Screw Driver In 50th Anniversary

I predict that during this season of Doctor Who, that the Doctor will DIE!, and regenerate once again.

If you follow The Doctor along his travels you will know that every so often something happens to The Doctor along the way which causes him to regenerate. In a sense the Time Lord dies, and is reborn, sometimes he seems to have aged, though from my experience he seems to get younger. I only recently became a Dr. Who fan, when I came across the show on Netflix, not knowing what it was really when I started watching, I raced through season after season. Within a matter of a couple of months I watched all six seasons of Doctor Who, I couldn’t wait until season seven was going to start because I knew that I would get to continue watching this addicting show. Unfortunately I do not watch much television, and I am unable to stream shows on the BBC website 🙁


The current Doctor played by Matt Smith has put in his notice, it has been said that he will still be The Doctor for the 50th anniversary special in November, as well as the Christmas episode in December, but he will have regenerated by 2014. Apparently he will regenerate some time during the Christmas special.

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will air on BBC1 on Saturday 23 November.

Are you a Whovian? What are your thoughts on how well Matt Smith has played the roll of The Doctor?