Intel Skylake Will be Limited to just Three SKU Variants at Launch

With the launch of Intel’s next iteration of CPU’s just around the corner, rumours have been circulating media outlets for a short while. This can be in the form of pricing or unreleased specifications or even pictures of the naked PCB.

Information is now coming around that the release of the Skylake processors will be staggered, much like how AMD are currently doing with the R9 Fury range or NVIDIA has done with the GTX 900 series. What we have deduced is that in the first wave of releases, we will only be able to purchase the more desirable CPU’s, the i7-6700k, i5-6600k and a currently unknown, but what can be assumed as the i5-6500k; however, that is purely my assumption.

We already know the pricing of the i7-6700k to be somewhere in the region of $400 and the i5-6600k around $280, so the possibility of a higher range i5 or lower range i7 could be quite high to fill in the $300 region.

What we have also seen through these sources is that even though these are the HOT chips, stock will be extremely limited. Could this be due to poor manufacturing processes of the new 14nm silicon or maybe prices could be raised due to high demand; who knows.

What are your thoughts on this? Will you be jumping on the LGA 1151 bandwagon at launch? I know I will be; if I can get a chip that is.

Intel Skylake Said to Have Support for Both DDR3 and DDR4

Some leaked pictures of Intel’s Skylake mini-ITX boards have indicated a significant feature. The board might have support for both DDR3 and DDR4 memory modules.

First spotted by Bits ‘n Chips, Intel’s board might be a good option for easing the transition between the cheaper DDR3 and the “soon-to-be-cheaper” DDR4 memory technologies. WCCF also explains that Intel might be planning to implement this by using Double IMC on the processors rather than offering SKUs with DDR3 and others with DDR4.

Intel predicts that DDR4 prices will remain high, so as demand for Skylake processors. Although the company encourages customers to switch to DDR4, the board would also provide an alternative for people who would rather stick with DDR3 and focus more on upgrading to the new micro-architecture.

DDR4 not only offers faster RAM memory with double the density, but it also achieves this at a lower power consumption rate. The modules have the ability to be clocked at 3200 MHz and require just 1.2V power to operate, having CAS latency varying from 9 to 24 and a density increase of 8GB at 16 banks.

Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information

Intel Announces The i5-4460S Haswell CPU Featuring A Slight Speed Boost

Intel is reportedly going to launch a new series of Haswell i5 and i7 SKUs in Q2 2014 featuring a slight performance boost, according to CPU World. One of the CPUs is the Intel i5-4460S, which has also been spotted on the support list of some ASRock motherboards, like the B85M-ITX and H81M-GL.

There performance boost will consist of an additional 100 MHz added to the original Haswell CPU clock speeds, making no exception for the i5-4460S. The CPU is reportedly going to run at 2.9 GHz, having 4-cores, no Hyper-Threading and will most likely come with Intel’s HD 4600 graphics. It is also reported to have 6 MB of L3 cache and a 65W power envelope.

The C0 stepping is said to be the same as on the current Haswell CPUs, meaning no BIOS update should be required in order for it to function. However, manufacturers will release BIOS updates nonetheless (for current motherboards which plan on getting support for the new CPU) in order to get the motherboard to identify the CPU properly in some cases.

Pricing and availability has not yet been revealed, though it should be available when Intel will release more information about the upcoming SKUs later on.

Thank you CPU World for providing us with this information

Zotac To Release Another Haswell ZBOX mini-PC, Cheaper This Time

Some changes have been made recently in Zotac’s ZBOX nettop line-up, having added three new SKUs based on Intel’s new Haswell silicon. However, all three models feature high-priced Intel processors spanning from the Core i3-4130T to the quad-core Core i7-4770T.

Zotac has apparently worked on a cheaper SKU version called the ZBOX Nano ID67. It is said to be powered by a cheaper and cooler Haswell chip, the Core i3-4010U, being a 15W dual-core clocked at 1700MHz and somewhat faster than the higher clocked Ivy-based Core i3-3217U which was used in plenty of cheap ultrathin notebooks and some netbooks. The Core i3-4010U features the HD Graphics 4400, making the GPU a little faster as well.

So far the Core i3-4010U was only available in Intel NUC and Gigabyte Brix barebones, which are rather compact, but also quite expensive and also they can’t handle 2.5-inch drives, as the small form factor needs to use the mSATA storage type. Zotac is offering the ID as a full system, with the Plus moniker, or are barebones model. The Plus features 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, but if you want a hybrid drive or an SSD, the barebone is clearly a better choice.

An official price has yet to be released, but according to sources, it was listed on an US site for $324 / €236 / £199. Prices of Zotac’s other Haswell ZBOX models range from $521 / €380 / £320 to over $783 / €570 / £480, therefore the estimated price of the latest SKU is expected to be a bit cheaper.

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