Intel’s 6th-generation Core processors are 14nm chips that don’t offer much better CPU performance than the 5th-gen “Broadwell” processors they replace. But Intel is promising up to 50 percent better graphics performance.
The new “Skylake” chips feature Intel Gen9 integrated graphics which not only offer more graphics compute performance, but consume less power while doing it. Skylake chips also support a number of new APIs and a few other new tricks.
Skylake chips add support for DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, and OpenGL 4.4 and include native support for decoding and encoding HEVC, VP8, and MJPEG videos. There’s also a new QuickSync video mode that supports real-time, low-power video encoding.
Intel has added new RAW image processing support, enabling support for shooting RAW video at 4K resolutions at up to 60 frames per second.
Of course, not all Skylake chips are created equal. The mobile portion of the Skylake family ranges from 7 watt chips for tablets to 47 watt processors for high-performance graphics.
But even the low-power Skylake Y-Series chips will be able to power devices with 3840 x 2160 pixel, 60 Hz displays, while notebooks and convertibles with 15 watt or 28 watt Skylake U-series processors will be able to support 4096 x 2304 pixel resolutions.