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5 reasons why it may be time to switch to a PC powered by a 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processor

Have you been feeling like your old PC is constantly struggling to keep up with you and your fast paced life? Well, if you’re thinking of getting a new PC, there’s never been a better time to do it with the launch of the new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors.

A 5-year old PC vs. a new PC: what are the improvements?

There are many great reasons why it makes smart sense to get a new PC with the 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, but here are five new features that everyone’s talking about:

Up to 2.5x better performance1,2,3

With the enhancements made to the architecture and design of the new processors, you’ll be able to enjoy up to 2.5x better performance for greater productivity. So whether you’re working, playing or anything in between, you may be able to get more done in less time.

A battery that can keep up with you4

Yet another exciting new improvement to the new processors is that they allow for longer battery life4. The energy efficiency of these processors mean that enhanced battery life can be enjoyed on both a high-performing laptop and the thinnest 2 in 1s.

Whether you’re on a powerful laptop for gaming, or on the go with a thin 2 in 1, now you will be able to do more of what you love, for much longer.

A bold visual experience with 4K display

One of the more talked about improvements on the new processors is the possibility of even more amazing graphics. Now you can watch your movies and games come to life in 4K Ultra HD and 3D with high frames rates. Enjoy immersive entertainment with vibrant details and amazing clarity. Programmers will also greatly benefit from the new processors as they support graphics programmability features like OpenCL 2.0. So no matter what you may be doing, the improved visual quality is sure to make an impact.

Up to 17 times faster video conversion5

Can’t wait to share your holiday videos with your family and friends? Now with the new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, video conversion is up to 17x faster – so converting and sharing your epic moments with everyone on their mobile devices will be a lot quicker and easier.

See how you can edit and share amazing 4K videos ›

Optimized performance with Windows® 106

The new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors have been optimized to run Windows® 10 devices for a better experience. New Intel technologies like Intel® RealSense™ will also reach new heights with these processors, as they will enhance security and make gaming even more immersive.7

The new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors have also been optimized to run Windows Hello*, a facial recognition technology that can replace passwords, and Window Cortana* - it makes perfect sense to experience Windows® 10 with the new 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Think your old PC has been holding you back? Then perhaps it’s time to take control and invest in a PC that can truly keep up. But don’t take our word for it, why not get one and try it for yourself?

1. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information, go to www.intel.com/performance.

2. Measured by SYSmark* 2014, a benchmark from BAPCo* consortium, which measures the performance of commonly used productivity applications, such as Microsoft Excel* and Adobe Acrobat*. Find out more at www.bapco.com.

3. System Configurations: 

Intel Reference Platform is an example new system. Products available from systems manufacturers will not be identical in design, and performance will vary.

Intel Reference Platform with Intel® Core™ i5-6200U processor, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz. Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133. Storage: Intel® Solid State Drive (Intel®SSD). Display:1920x1080 resolution. Graphics Driver: 15.40.4225. Battery: 43WHr. OS: Windows® 10.

Five-year-old PC with Intel® Core™ i5-520UM processor (1.06GHz up to 1.86GHz, 2C4T, 3MB) on Acer Aspire* 1830T. Memory: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz. Storage: 500GB hard drive. Display: 11-inch 1366x768 resolution. Battery: 63WHr. OS: Windows* 7.

4. Battery life comparison based on Intel® Core™ m7-6Y75 vs. Intel® Core™ M-5Y71 For Y Series, Intel® Core™ i7-6600U vs. Intel® Core™ i7-5600U For U Series, Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQvs. Intel® Core™ i7-4910MQ For H Series. (see footnote 8 for system configurations). Disconnect all USB devices, connect to a local WiFi access point and set the screen brightness to 200 nits (disable DPST, set brightness to 200 nits on a white background and enable DPST). Wait for 10 mins for the OS to completely idle. Launch Tears of Steel (1080p H264 10MBps) video using the Windows metro player. Measure and calculate average power for the duration of the video. Report 3 run median. Battery life is calculated by using a battery size of 35Whr and above calculated power.

5. CyberLink MediaEspresso 7+ (UHD) on Windows*. The workload file is a 12 minute and 14 second, ~1.5 GB, 3840x2160p, 17561 kbps, H.264 MP4 video file. The file is transcoded to a smaller 1920x1080, 8 Mbps, H.264, .m2ts file for reduced file size during internet transfers or for viewing on a portable device with bit rate such as an iPod*.

6. Intel technologies may require enabled hardware, specific software, or services activation.  Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com

7. Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at www.intel.com

8. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and func-tions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit http://www.intel.com/performance. For Y Series, Performance comparison based on measurement of Intel® Core™ m7-6Y75 vs. Intel® Core™M-5Y71 using SYSmark* 2014. System con-figuration info for 6th generation processor: Intel reference platform running Intel® Core™ m7-6Y75 PL1=4.5W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.1 GHz, Memory: LPDDR3; 2X2GB @ 1600MHz, Samsung* 128GB, NGFF, MZ-HVP1280, Display Resolution:1920x1080. System configuration for 5th Gen processor: Intel reference platform running Intel® Core™ M-5Y71 PL1=4.5W, 2C4T, Turbo up to 2.9 GHz, Memory: LPDDR3; 2X2GB @ 1600MHz, Samsung* 128GB, NGFF, VS951 PCIe, Display Resolution:1920x1080. For U Series, Performance comparison based on measurement of Intel® Core™ i7-6600U vs. Intel® Core™ i7-5600U using SYSmark* 2014. System configuration info for 6th generation processor: Intel reference platform running Intel® Core™ i7-6600U PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4 GHz, Memory: DDR4: 2X4GB @ 2133MHz, LPDDR3: 2X4GB @1600MHz, Samsung* 128GB, AHCI, HVP128R, Display Resolution:1920x1080. System con-figuration for 5th Gen processor: Intel reference platform running Intel® Core™ i7-5600U; PL1 =15W, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.2 GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Samsung 128GB, NGFF, VS951 PCIe, Display Resolution:1920x1080. For H Series, Performance comparison based on measurement of Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQvs. Intel® Core™ i7-4910MQ using SYSmark* 2014. System configuration info for 6th generation processor: Intel reference platform running Intel® Core™ i7-6920HQ PL1=45W TDP, PL1=45W TDP, 4C8T, Tur-bo up to 3.7GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution:1920x1200. System configuration for 4th Gen processor: Intel reference platform running Intel® Core™ i7-4910MQ; PL1 =47W, 4C8T, Turbo up to 3.9GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR3L-1600, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution:1920x1200. For more information, visit http://www.intel.com/content/www/au/en/processors/core/6th-gen-core-family-mobile-brief.html