Intel's Skylake chipsets will reportedly feature upgraded PCIe

By Scorpus
Feb 3, 2015
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  1. One feature of Intel's chipsets that hasn't changed much over the past few years, even for the enthusiast X-series chips, is the amount and speed of the PCI Express lanes provided. Most chipsets, including the latest Z97 and X99 models,...

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  2. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,079   +331

    I was wondering when they were going to address this.

    This was a major handicap on the Haswell E platform.
  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,600   +411

    This is great news. I wondered about PCH to CPU transfers and the Z170 platform diagram shows DMI x4! Also, with Skylake the FVIR (Fully Integrated Voltage Regulator) will not be there, but dual IMC will be introduced. This part is interesting. Is Intel removing features that would have improved overclocking greatly vs current gen Core chips (of course that depends on yields, choice and design), but then negating that with the convenience of supporting two memory types?

    The IPC are supposed to get a boost and that is always a good thing. I'm really excited about this upgrade.

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  4. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder You know, that one guy with the PC Posts: 2,189   +589

    Oh baby now were cooking with gas!!!

    That's a nice increase in the amount of lanes!
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,107   +1,376

    In the meantime both Apple and Intel sunk their heads into sand on the count of Thunderbolt 3 which they promised a while ago.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    Those specs look quite fancy. I wonder if my nForce 2 chipset sports similar specs... ;)
  7. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Thunderbolt originally died when Intel licensed it exclusively to Apple. Now, with USB 3.1 around the corner, no one wants to deal with it.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,107   +1,376

    Well, TB3 is x4 faster than USB 3.1, so it's not a real competition. Plus, TB3 will be compatible with DisplayPort 1.3, which is great.
  9. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    None of that matters, if motherboard manufactures and device makers don't support the technology. USB is supported by pretty much everyone, whereas I very rarely see Thunderbolt or regular DisplayPort anywhere.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  10. Thunderbolt throughput absolutely matters in industries like digital pro-audio where low latency between your audio interface and computer is extremely important.

    Just because it doesn't matter to you, doesn't mean it's unimportant to others.
  11. Only trouble with nForce chipset is that they died if they were overclocked. Not sure which pc magazine this was from but I remember reading that out of the 9 pc's the people in the office owned with nforce only 1 of them was still working and that was the only one that had not been overclocked.

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