Intel ProcessorsFirst, a fast recap on what Intel launched. The organization announced 48 6th gen Core processors. The line-up is confusing but the gist of it is as follows.

Intel Sandy Bridge has been made to replace the existing Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 line processors. There will be substantial enhancement to efficiency and capabilities in these new chip lines. The most alluring feature is that in these new processors the core processing and graphics processing have been merged collectively for the very best functionality. Intel Sandy Bridge processors will be considerably cooler and consume lesser power as compared to its predecessors.

This could be huge for particular motherboard configurations. At present, Intel provides just eight PCIe two. lanes for attributes like Thunderbolt add-in cards, NICs, or other peripherals. The other advantage of the improved PCI Express capabilities is a boost to the total lanes for features like PCIe storage by means of M.2 Z170 systems will now support up to 3 drives in that configuration. The added PCIe connectivity may possibly also mean that consumers can use M.2 drives simultaneously alongside SATA drives.

In other words, TDP is only what the wattage of the CPU is when operating at the base frequency, not the maximum frequency as determined by Turbo Enhance. And given that we have identified that the base frequency is not a fantastic indicator of functionality, this means that TDP is also a questionable specification. It undoubtedly indicates that the S-series processors must run at a reduced wattage, but unless you disable Turbo Enhance it does not in any way guarantee it.

Also remember that these are all enthusiast-level systems with enthusiast-level parts. What Intel is most interested in pushing is thin ultrabooks and funky laptop- tablet hybrids. No doubt the mainstream and low-voltage fourth-generation Core i-series CPUs, expected early next week at the Computex trade show, will offer you a lot more in terms of features, power efficiency, and mainstream pricing (the Razer Blade 14 is $1,799, although the FragBox as configured is a lot more than $3,000).