Box art and pricing for Intel’s upcoming Skylake K processors have leaked onto the web ahead of its official launch. Some sellers in Australia are even getting a jumpstart, offering both the Core i5-6600K and the Core i7-6700K as of writing on Amazon and eBay albeit at quite the premium.
As you can see, Intel is taking a different direction with Skylake as it relates to product packaging. The new box art is a bit more vibrant than what Chipzilla traditionally puts out although as WCCF Tech correctly highlights, this isn’t really a big deal for most shoppers.
It’s also worth noting that the product packaging is thinner than some of Intel’s other chip boxes due to the fact that neither CPU comes with a heatsink. Skylake introduces a new socket, LGA 1151, although most modern aftermarket coolers should be compatible with it.
For those that haven’t been keeping current, Skylake is a “tock” in Intel’s “tick-tock” manufacturing and design model. It’s built on the 14-nanometer manufacturing process instead of 10-nanometer which was initially expected. Transitioning to 14nm was quite difficult and with little competition from AMD these days, Intel is in no hurry to step down to 10nm.
The Core i5-6600K will carry a MSRP of $225 while the Core i7-6700K will command $316, we’re told.
Are you planning to pick up either of these Skylake chips when they become available? If so, what CPU are you upgrading from or are you building an entirely new PC from scratch? Feel free to chime in below!