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Intel Socket 1151: Sailing With “Skylake”
This is the heart of the performance market today. With the mid-2015 debut of Intel’s 6th-Generation Core i chips, code-named “Skylake,” Intel brought incrementally better processing performance and enhanced power efficiency to its mainstream CPUs.
What this means on the desktop:
If you have a system with a 3rd- or 4th-Generation Core CPU, there’s not a whole lot of incentive to upgrade, since the performance upticks for equivalent chips generation-to-generation are generally incremental, and an upgrade will require an all-new motherboard. That’s because a new socket, Socket 1151, debuted with Skylake, and the Skylake chips won’t work in older boards. You probably don’t already own a Skylake-compatible motherboard, so you need to factor in that extra cost and hassle. The i7-6700K is the choice cut for overclockers and performance enthusiasts looking to get the most out of the platform, while the Core i5-6600K is a good pick for mainstream power users and gamers looking to shave off $100 or more.
Note that Skylake Core chips all have a form of Intel’s HD Graphics or Iris Graphics onboard, so users who don’t want to splash out for a dedicated video card can get by with the on-chip acceleration here.
Bottom Line: Socket 1151 is the best processor platform for mainstream power users looking for Intel’s state of the art without the extreme expense of Socket 2011. It’s generally only a worthwhile mobo upgrade, though, if you’re more than two generations of Intel behind. In particular, many higher-end Z170 boards support new PCIe M.2 NVMe solid-state drives, which are much faster than even the fastest SATA-based SSDs.
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