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5 things you might not know about 6th generation Intel® Core™ processors

Intel officially announced its 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin. Optimized for Windows® 10, the new 14nm chips are capable of waking in about half a second1 and, compared to a PC from five years ago, they will deliver two and a half times the performance2 and triple the battery life3.

But there’s more to the new 6th Gen Intel Core processors than an iterative speed boost.

They can power more than just laptops

The 6th Generation Intel Core processors can be used in a variety of designs, including compact tablets, versatile 2-in-1 devices, ultra-thin laptops, hulking gaming towers, sleek All-in-One systems and mini PCs. The chip architecture is flexible enough to scale up in power for mobile workstations and down for smaller, plug-and-play gadgets like the Compute Stick.

They support USB-C/Thunderbolt

The new 6th Gen Intel Core processors also support Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C, dramatically boosting bandwidth and connectivity speeds. How much of a boost? Up to 40 Gbps — eight times faster than the existing USB 3.04 standard. Better still, a do-it-all USB Type-C connector incorporates DisplayPort, HDMI, power, USB, and VGA functionality.

They allow you to unlock a PC with your face

We’re all nervous about security these days, which is why 6th Gen Intel Core processors have been designed to work with Intel’s RealSense camera technology. Use a RealSense camera with Windows Hello* and you’ll be able to use facial recognition to log in to your PC. Use RealSense with Intel’s True Key Technology and it will remember passwords for you.

They can handle 4K

Comparing with a 5 year old PC, a system upgrade based on the new 6th Gen Intel Core processors can deliver up to 2.6 times better productivity performance5,6 and up to 30 times better graphics6,7. In fact, with dedicated hardware support for 4K playback, the 6th Gen Intel Core processors can export your 4K videos for sharing up to 18 times faster6, 8. At the recent IDF 2015 show in San Francisco, Intel demoed this functionality with an immersive, triple-screen gaming rig running a VRX-enhanced version of the iRacing video game.

They let you go completely wireless

If your laptop is running on battery power and connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi but you want to plug your laptop powered by 5th Gen Intel Core processors into a TV, monitor or projector, you’re going to need a cable. A device powered by 6th Gen Intel Core processors won’t need one, as it’s compatible with Intel’s Wireless Display (WiDi) technology from the get-go.

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1. 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 http://support.intel.com.

2. Measured by SYSmark* 2014, a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms. Find out more at www.bapco.com.

3. Video Battery Life Rundown (in minutes) as measured by Tears of Steel*, 1080p, 23.976fps, H.264, 3000kbps, rev1.mp4 >/=200nit, DPST=ON, no dimming, balanced, Wi-Fi connected.

4. For more information on 6th Gen Intel® Core™ processor family and Intel® Xeon® processors for mobile workstations, please read the Intel News Fact sheet at http://download.intel.com/newsroom/kits/core/6thgen/pdfs/6th_Gen_Intel_Core-Intel_Xeon_Factsheet.pdf

5. SYSmark* 2014 is a benchmark from the BAPCo* consortium that measures the performance of Windows* platforms. SYSmark tests three usage scenarios: Office Productivity, Media Creation and Data/Financial Analysis. SYSmark contains real applications from Independent Software Vendors such as Microsoft* and Adobe*. Reported metrics: SYSmark 2014 Rating and a rating for each scenario result (higher is better for all). Scaling efficiencies: CPU dominant, sensitive to frequency, core count and memory. QSV enabled.

6. Intel CRB, Intel® Core™ i5-6200U, PL1=15W TDP, 2C4T, Turbo up to 3.4GHz/3.2GHz, Memory: 2x4GB DDR4-2133, Storage: Intel SSD, Display Resolution:1920x1080. Graphics driver: 15.40.4225. Intel® Core™ i5-520UM Processor (1.06GHz upto 1.86GHz, 2C4T, 3MB) measured on Acer* Aspire 1830T, RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz, Storage: 500GB 5400RPM SATA HDD, Display: 11” 1366x768 resolution, Battery: 63WHr, OS: Windows* 7

7. 3DMark* 1.2.0 is a benchmark from Futuremark* that measures DX* 9 / OpenGL* ES 2.0, DX 10 and DX 11 gaming performance. There are three main tests: “Ice Storm” for DX 9 / OpenGL ES 2.0, “Cloud Gate” for DX 10, “Sky Diver” for DX11 and “Fire Strike” for DX 11 graphics. Reported metrics: Graphics Score (GPU), Physics Score (CPU), Combined Score (GPU & CPU) and an overall 3DMark Score (higher is better for all Scores). Scaling efficiencies: Graphics tests are GPU dominant, sensitive to graphics and CPU frequency, core count and memory. OS support: Desktop Windows*, Android*, iOS* and Windows RT.

8. 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.

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