Faster laptops on the horizon

Intel Core i7 Skylake Logo

If you haven’t been all that impressed with the first batch of Skylake-based laptops to hit the market, hang tight, faster models are the horizon. Intel just added some new Core i7 Skylake (and mobile Xeon) models to its CPU price list, as PCWorld spotted, and it’s only a matter of time before they trickle into new laptop offerings.

This is good news if you’ve been hankering for a high performance laptop upgrade. Even though Skylake has been shipping since last year, laptops based around Intel’s 6th generation Core architecture have mostly been aimed at entry-level and mainstream users.

Among the chips Intel just added to its price list, the fastest is the Core i7-6970HQ. It’s a quad-core chip with Hyper Threading support clocked at 2.8GHz and with 8MB of cache. It’s listed at $623, so expect this one to only show up in premium priced laptops.

Two other entries include the Core i7-6870HQ and Core i7-6770HQ. Both are also quad-core CPUs with Hyper Threading support, the higher of the two clocked at 2.7GHz with 8MB of cache and priced at $434, and the other clocked at 2.6GHz with 6MB of cache and priced at $378.

These are likely to hold the high-end fort until Intel’s Extreme Edition Skylake chips manifest.

In regards to mobile workstations, Intel also added a trio of Xeon CPUs, all of which are quad-core parts with Hyper Threading support and 8MB of cache. From bottom to top they include the Xeon E3-1535M v5 clocked at 2.9GHz and priced at $489, Xeon E3-1545M v5 clocked at 2.9GHz and priced at $679, and Xeon E3-1575M v5 clocked at 3GHz and priced at $1,207.

Celeron Too!

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Intel fleshed out its Celeron lineup on the desktop with some new chips. They include the following:

  • Intel J3710: 4 cores, 4 threads, 2MB cache, up to 2.64GHz, $161
  • Intel G3920: 2 cores, 2 threads, 2MB cache, 2.9GHZ, $52
  • Intel G3900: 2 cores, 2 threads, 2MB cache, 2.8GHZ, $42
  • Intel J3160: 4 cores, 4 threads, 2MB cache, up to 2.24GHz, $107
  • Intel J3060: 2 cores, 2 threads, 2MB cache, up to 2.48GHz, $107
  • Intel G3900T: 2 cores, 2 threads, 2MB cache, 2.6GHz, $42

You can view the full price list here (PDF).

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