Intel has launched a new top-of-the-line Skylake processor, the Intel Core i7-6660U, which should make its way to high-end yet low-power devices like notebook PCs and convertibles.
The new 15-watt processor is based on Intel’s Skylake microarchitecture which uses a 14-nanometer manufacturing process. It sports two processing cores that are clocked at 2.4GHz and comes with a quartet of Hyper-Thread cores and 4MB of L3 Cache.
Similar to the i7-6650U, the new Intel Core i7-6660U is equipped with an Intel Iris Graphics 540 on-board GPU which has a burst clock speed of 1.05GHz, 48 Execution Units with 64MB eDRAM, and max compute performance of 806.4 GFLOPS.
In keeping with the latest computing trends, Intel’s new processor has a dual-channel DRAM memory controller that supports up to 32GB RAM that are either DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, or DDR3L-1600.
Interestingly, despite the faster clock speed, the new Intel Core i7-6660U is priced the same as the Core i7-6650U which is pegged at $415 in 1000-unit quantities.