Skylake will require a new Socket
Published: 3rd November 2014 | Source: fudzilla |
Intel's Skylake will require a new Socket
Skylake-S will be Intel's 14nm processor that is set to replace the Core i7 4790 Haswell refresh in Mid-Late 2015 will require you to upgrade to the new LGA 1151 Socket. The CPUs are expected to launch at Computex 2015 or in June 2015.
Skylake-S needs a new socket, new chipset and new motherboard, but remember that current z97 motherboards will be able to upgrade to Intel's Broadwell CPUs. The New socket is called LGA 1151, which as you may have guessed has a single pin more than The current Haswell 1150 socket. The new 1151 Socket will use the Intel z170 chipset and the CPUs will support both DDR4 1.2V and DDR3L 1.35V and it will be up to motherboard manufacturers to support either or the other as the DDR4 and DDR3 DIMM slots are different.
The high end chipset that will let you overclock Skylake-S is called Z170 (not z107) and it comes with 1 x 16 plus 2x8 or 1x8 plus 2x4 PCIe express 3.0 combinations. SLI and Crossfire will obviously continue to be supported. The Z170 board supports two memory channels with two modules each. In case you want to use integrated graphics, you can get three independent display outputs for three monitors.
New boards based on the Z170 chipset will support Skylake-S processors, bring DDR4 to more affordable performance PCs and most importantly will continue the support for new storage form factors including M.2 and SATA Express, mSATA is curiously missing here.
Join the discussion on Intel's Skylake and Socket 1151 on the OC3D Forums.