Intel Skylake Core i3 and Pentium Processors Available For Sale – Pentium Series at Sub-$100 and Core i3 Series at Sub-$150 Pricing

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Oct 28, 2015

The budget-friendly focused, Intel Core i3 and Pentium series processors based on the Skylake architecture are finally available for sale in the global market. Gradually showing up over at several online retailers, the Skylake based sub $150 processors offer decent performance for gaming, office and casual usage. The new Skylake CPU architecture ensures the best performance efficiency over its predecessors and takes the advantage of several 100-series boards that are available in the market.

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Intel Skylake Core i3 and Pentium Processors Launched For Low-Budget, Cost Constrained PC Builds

Intel Skylake processors were launched in August 2015 but the mainstream lineup was introduced during the past few months. Not only new processors were introduced but also four new 100-series chipset SKUs which include the H170, B150, Q150, H110. These new chipsets are focused on several board designs which come at lower prices but rid of extra features which aren’t a need for the casual users. We are talking about starting prices of $40-$50 which goes well in with a $110 Core i3 series processor topped in with a decent discrete GPU and options to choose from either cheaper DDR3 memory or the expensive yet faster, DDR4 memory. That is everything you need to get in the game to play titles at 1080P resolution while not adding much cost to your overall setup.

The Skylake-S lineup is made up of 20 total SKUs, most of which have already been launched in the market along with the two Skylake-K chips. Featuring full support for DDR4 memory and next generation storage devices, the Skylake-S platform will deliver improved CPU performance and energy efficiency as compared to the Haswell generation of processors. The Core i3 and Pentium chips featured in the Skylake-S lineup are listed down below:

The listing starts off with the Core i3-6320 which is a dual core (hyper-threaded) processor like the rest of the Core i3 series SKUs. The processor is based on the new 14nm process node with clock speeds of 3.9 GHz base clock, 4 MB L3 cache and TDP of 47W. The Core i3 6300 is clocked at 3.8 GHz and the Core i3-6100 is clocked at 3.7 GHz. The prices of these processors are $157, $147 and $117 US respectively. The Core i3 T-Series feature a TDP of just 35W and the lineup includes two processors. The Core i3-6300T is a dual core, hyper threaded chip with base clock of 3.3 GHz along with 4 MB L3 cache while the Core i3-6100T has a base clock of 3.2 GHz with a L3 cache of 4 MB. Both processors cost $138 and $117 US respectively. Furthermore, we have Pentium G4500T and Pentium G4400T belonging to the low-TDP category, featuring TDPs of just 35W and prices of $84 US and $60 US.

As one can tell from the pictures posted above, Intel is making use of the new box art that they introduced with their Skylake processors. The new box art is simple and elegant and a good departure from the previous theme that featured weird AI robots on the front of the box. The Pentium and Core i3 will be excellent choices for the users who are planning to upgrade to the new Skylake platform offering consumers to get updated to Intel’s latest 100-series platform. Intel’s AIB partners have already launched several H170 and B150 series boards to mark the launch of the mainstream platform. Some motherboards even support DDR3 memory although DDR4 and DDR3L are the recommended memory standards for Skylake processors as usage of high voltage DDR3 ram (1.65V) and higher clocked DDR3 rams can damage the Skylake CPUs since the integrated memory controller is not made to run with DRAM of higher voltages.

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Intel Skylake Series Box Art:

Intel Skylake-S Processor Lineup:

Intel Skylake-S Desktop Processors Lineup
ModelProcessCoresCore ClockBoost ClockCacheMemory SupportTDPSocketPrice
Core i7-6700K14nm4/84.0 GHz4.2 GHz8 MBDDR4 2133 MHz91WLGA 1151$350
Core i5-6600K14nm4/43.5 GHz3.9 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz91WLGA 1151$242
Core i7-670014nm4/83.4 GHz4.0 GHz8 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151$312
Core i5-660014nm4/43.3 GHz3.9 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151$224
Core i5-650014nm4/43.2 GHz3.6 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151$202
Core i5-640014nm4/42.7 GHz3.3 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz65WLGA 1151$187
Core i3-632014nm2/43,9 GHzN/A4 MBDDR4 2133 MHz47WLGA 1151$157
Core i3-630014nm2/43.8 GHzN/A4 MBDDR4 2133 MHz47WLGA 1151$147
Core i3-610014nm2/43.7 GHzN/A4 MBDDR4 2133 MHz47WLGA 1151$117
Core i7-6700T14nm4/82.8 GHz3.6 GHz8 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$303
Core i5-6600T14nm4/42.7 GHz3.5 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$213
Core i5-6500T14nm4/42.5 GHz 3.1 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$192
Core i5-6400T14nm4/42.2 GHz2.8 GHz6 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$182
Core i3-6300T14nm2/43.3 GHzN/A4 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$138
Core i3-6100T14nm2/43.2 GHzN/A4 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$117
Pentium G452014nm2/23.6 GHzN/A3 MBDDR4 2133 MHz47WLGA 1151$93
Pentium G450014nm2/23.5 GHzN/A3 MBDDR4 2133 MHz47WLGA 1151$84
Pentium G440014nm2/23.4 GHzN/A3 MBDDR4 2133 MHz47WLGA 1151$64
Pentium G4500T14nm2/23.0 GHzN/A3 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$84
Pentium G4400T14nm2/22.9 GHzN/A3 MBDDR4 2133 MHz35WLGA 1151$60