Intel Core i7-6700K; The latest Chip from Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) Is Targeted At Enthusiasts And Gamers


Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has launched a sixth-generation Core i7 processor called the Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake). The new sixth gen i7 chip steals the short-lived thunder of the fifth generation Core i7 desktop chips released just two months ago. The new chips will create appeal especially to enthusiastic gamers looking to upgrade their gaming PCs.

The new chips replace the fourth generation i7 processors that were introduced in 2013. But one might wonder why there is such a short duration between the sixth generation and the fifth generation processors. Intel claims that there were unanticipated delays that eventually led to the late release of the fifth generation chips. For that reason, the late release also affected sales. This is because most desktop users interested in making an upgrade already knew that the sixth generation chips are on the way, thus no harm waiting a while longer.

The Skylake release centers around two main processors, the Core i5-6600K and the Core i7-6700K. The initial chips are designed for desktop computers. Particular interest is on the i7-6700K due to its attractive specs. It features a powerful quad-core chip that can achieve processing speeds of 4GHz and 4.2GHz under turbo boost mode. It also has a hyperthreading capability, and this means it is as top notch as they come.

While there is not much difference between the fifth generation and the sixth generation chips, a comparison between the 6th gen and the fourth-gen processors draws a significant difference. The tweaks in the new processor make it ideal particularly for gaming setups. This is because they can easily clock at idea settings to facilitate faster frame rate and optimal rendering capacity. They are also the ideal chips to combine with the latest graphics cards from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) or NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) for optimum performance.

The new chips are also expected to bring in significant changes to a few other requirements in the PC world. For example, they push for DDR4 RAM sticks rather than the conventional DDR3. While this might not seem like such good news to most manufacturers, it is a positive step for PC owners because it signals increasing quality and performance. Though a different piece range is expected, it will not be that big compared to the price range of the previous RAMs.

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