Getting to know Intel Z170
Art Direction PC enthusiasts can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Now that the tedium that was Broadwell is safely out of the way, we can finally focus on the performance CPU parts that are Skylake and Intel’s new Z170 chipset.
No more half-baked 65-watt parts! New Skylake desktop parts in the form of the Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6500K have already debuted, with a reassuring 91-watt Thermal Design Power (TDP) that we’d expect of CPUs geared for performance.
So the CPUs – a couple of them at least – are ready, but what about the chipset? Z170 offers several significant improvements over last year’s Z97, and we’ll take you through the key new features and their practical implications.
Intel Z170 Chipset Diagram