Intel has released eight new processors that are based on the Broadwell and Skylake architectures. Among the eight CPUs that were released, two are desktop processors with the rest being mobile processors. Oddly, Intel did not go all out in marketing the release of the processors, probably because of the non-mainstream nature of the new CPUs.
The first two desktop chips are the Skylake-based, Intel Core i3-6098P and Core i5-6402P. The Core i3-6098P processor is a dual core chip with hyper-threading enabled. Although the processor comes with an impressive 3.6GHz base clock, it does not have any boost clock. The processor comes with 3MB of L3 cache along with HD Graphics 510 IGP – integrated graphics processor – that is clocked at 1050Mhz.
On the other hand, the Core i5-6402P processor is a quad-core processor without hyper threading enabled. Interestingly, the base clock for the Core i5-6402P is 2.8GHz with a frequency boost up to 3.4GHz which is lower than the Core i3-6098P. Besides that, the processor is also equipped with the HD Graphics 510 IGP albeit having a lower clock of 950MHz. It’s interesting to note that previously, Intel usually reserved the “P” suffix when naming CPUs that doesn’t come with an IGP.
Aside from the desktop processors, Intel has also released six new mobile CPUs that are based on the Broadwell and Skylake architectures. The Skylake variant includes the Core i7-6498DU, Core i5-6198DU, Celeron 3655U and Celeron 3855U. The Core i7-6498DU CPU is unsurprisingly the fastest with a base clock of 2.5GHz with 4MB of L3 cache. Next, the Core i5-6198DU is clocked at 2.3GHz with 3MB of L3 cache. The Celeron 3955U comes with a 2.0GHz clock speed while the Celeron 3855U has a lower, 1.6GHz clock speed.
As for the Broadwell variant, Intel released the Core i7-5500DU and the Core i5-5200DU. The Core i7-5550DU has a 2.4GHz clock speed along with 4MB of L3 cache. Meanwhile, the i5-5200DU has clock speeds of 2.2GHz with 3MB of L3 cache. Strangely, the “DU” addition to Intel’s CPU names has never been used by Intel before. This, along with the change with the “P” suffix earlier, may indicate that Intel is changing the way it is naming processors.
According to CPU-World, the Core i7-6498DU and Core i7-5500DU is priced at US$393 (about RM1690). Next, the Core i5-6198DU and the Core i5-5200DU will retail for US$281 (about RM1205). Meanwhile, the Celeron 3855U and the Celeron 3955U is on sale for a price of US$107 (about RM460). Finally, the Core i3-6098P and the Core i5-6402P will be available for a price of US$117 (about RM500) and US$182 (about RM780) respectively. It’s worth noting that the new desktop CPUs by Intel is already available in some countries although the new mobile processors would only be available inside upcoming mobile devices.