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Archive for April 14th, 2021

INTEL Skylake Releases with Mixed Emotions

The long wait for Skylake is finally over and reviews are beginning to pour in. Unfortunately, the hype train was going full throttle on this release and even INTEL gave what seems to be some slightly unrealistic expectations. It’s pretty hard to come to a solid conclusion on the i7-6700K. There are some really good features but there are also some very lackluster improvements to take into consideration. Overall, I think the release is pretty solid and I’ll try to highlight what I’m picking up from the reviews but ultimately, it’s up to the end user to make the best decision based on individual circumstances as to whether to upgrade or not. My first impression of Skylake was pretty bland. When comparing to last year’s Devil’s Canyon launch, there isn’t enough performance gains to merit a subtle nod, let alone an upgrade. When following some of the graphics performance to that of the recent Broadwell release, we see much of the same story. It’s the comparison to Sandybridge that makes Skylake more interesting. Now, I know what you’re thinking but hear me out. Sandybridge was the latest architecture from INTEL that really turned heads. The IPC improvements were huge and what really sold enthusiasts on the chip was the great overclocking headroom. With decent cooling, 4.7 or 4.8 GHz was a very realistic possibility. As newer iterations of the architecture came out, headroom also decreased. What people were finding out ...

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