Intel Leaks: Skylake and 100-Series Chipsets Expected 2015

Subject: General Tech, Processors | May 6, 2014 - 12:19 AM |
Tagged: Skylake, Intel, Broadwell

VR-Zone is returning to their "leak everything Intel has" gig with a few light details about Skylake, the architecture after Broadwell, and its accompanying 100-Series chipset. The main detail is that Skylake, despite Broadwell and its delays, is still expected for 2015. This sort of makes sense, because this architecture runs on the same 14nm fabrication process as Broadwell, but it is surprising nonetheless. Intel could have slowed down its entire release cycle to compensate for how difficult it is to make smaller transistors and keep a steady "Tick-Tock".

Or maybe they hope that the process shrink after Skylake, Cannonlake at 10nm, will be on schedule?

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The second major detail is the available sockets. A couple of years ago, there was a fear that Intel would drop LGA sockets, starting with Broadwell, and switch entirely to the non-replaceable BGA soldered-to-the-motherboard format. Intel has later decided to support LGA with Broadwell and that will continue with Skylake.

This leads us to the third major detail - product categories. There will be four of them in the consumer range: H (BGA) for regular notebooks, Y (BGA) for desktops and all-in-ones, U (BGA) for ultrabooks, and S (LGA) for standard desktop computers. The slide lists a few more details which I believe signify core count and GPU version. If so, the lineup of Skylake processors would be the following:

  • (BGA) Quad Core Skylake-H with GT2 Graphics
  • (BGA) Quad Core Skylake-H with GT4e Graphics, the successor to Iris Pro.
  • (BGA) Dual Core Skylake-Y with GT2 Graphics
  • (BGA) Dual Core Skylake-U with GT2 Graphics
  • (BGA) Dual Core Skylake-U with GT3e Iris Pro Graphics
  • (LGA) Quad Core Skylake-S with GT2 Graphics
  • (LGA) Dual Core Skylake-S with GT2 Graphics
  • (LGA) Quad Core Skylake-S with GT4e Graphics, the successor to Iris Pro.

The inclusion of an enthusiast, LGA SKU with GT4e graphics is promising, especially for us. We, of course, continue to want products that we can, you know, buy and put into our desktops at will. It will certainly be interesting to see how these GPUs perform and it could lead to some healthy SteamOS builds.

There's a lot of information here. Expect us to chew on this over the next little while.

Source: VR-Zone
May 6, 2014 | 05:38 AM - Posted by eddie (not verified)

I'm waiting for skylake e 6 or 8 cores, then i will replace my 4670k

May 6, 2014 | 07:48 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

*Yawn* bigger chipset numbers and new codenames yearly, that's all we can expect from Intel. Nothing to see here.

May 6, 2014 | 06:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah the socketed CPUs that have eDRAM caches and 3X the memory bandwidth of standard LGA1150 desktop CPUs and 50% more than LGA2011 CPUs is nothing new?

What innovative CPUs has AMD come out with recently? Calling a CPU with integrated graphics an APU is really innovative. Selling a 250W version of an ancient and inefficient CPU is too! Those 8 cores that are outperformed by an Intel quad core as well! How about a GPU so inefficient it needs liquid and air cooling just to function and needs a wiring diagram while their competitors' require a single fan?

Yawn indeed.

May 7, 2014 | 05:48 PM - Posted by Keith Jones (not verified)

Info not in the story but is in stories else where

support for DDR4-2400Mhz on LGA 1151
support for 20 PCI Express 3.0 lanes on LGA 1151
support for PCI Express 4.0 (Skylake-E/EP/EX)
support for Thunderbolt 3.0 (Alpine Ridge)
support for SATA Express (possibly Gen 2 x4 support)

Intel is going to annoy people with socket 1151 and Skylake and anyone who buy's the Haswell Refresh is going to be extra annoyed i personally will be looking at the X99 chipset and Haswell-E for my upgrade to my X58 system

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