Home / Computer / Choose the best Processor for your next PC build (part 3)

Choose the best Processor for your next PC build (part 3)

This is the third part of this article, continued from last-line.

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.

Intel core i7-6700K box

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.


Next part is here.

About MD Maruf Billah

Co-Founder and CEO at IT Segment. Studying Computers and Information at Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

Check Also

Play Youtube mix in the background on your smartphone

Youtube is smart enough to track that you are actively watching the video or not. ...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Powered by themekiller.com anime4online.com animextoon.com apk4phone.com