After months of anticipation, Intel’s Core i7-6700K ‘Skylake’ chip has now been unleashed upon the channel.
The first systems powered by Skylake arrived last month, but now the chips are available on wider availability (though PCR understands there is still a bit of a stock shortage around Skylake).
Distributor Entatech says it has been using Intel’s new technology to develop attachment opportunities for resellers, whilst also educating them on the range of Skylake compatible products available via Entaonline.com.
It was reported in the lead-up to Skylake’s release that Intel had chosen not to stock CPU coolers with the Core i7-6400K and Core i5-6600K chipsets.
Reports stated that users from within the enthusiast market will use third-party cooling solutions, removing the option from the user as to whether they use an Intel cooler or a competing manufacturer.
"Skylake CPU’s will run at a higher wattage and will require more voltage than the Haswell chip, released in 2013, requiring a higher performance cooling solution than previous generations," said Enta in a statement.
"With this in mind, the cooler bracket configuration is identical to the previous Haswell chip, meaning that compatible CPUs from Entatech vendors including Coolermaster and Corsair are Skylake-ready, straight out of the box."
Furthermore, Skylake also boasts a vastly improved memory controller for memory speed overclocking, and is compatible with all existing quad channel DDR4 parts.
Brad Cronwell, gaming and peripherals product manager at Entatech, commented: “Here at Entatech we understand that compatibility can be a minefield and sometimes getting the correct information at the correct time can be the difference between a deal won and a deal lost.
"For this reason we have a dedicated account management team as well as a team of experienced product specialists on hand to provide the best possible support we can for all of our customers, no matter the size.”
Enta has added product associations on its e-commerce website to educate resellers as to the compatible cooler, motherboard and memory solutions via a ‘Skylake Compatible’ icon. There will also be a microsite dedicated to all Skylake products, giving specs on the 50-plus products available from Entatech.
For more info, visit Entaonline.com or call Brad Cronwell and Richard Fenner on 0333 101 9649/9646.
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