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Intel Skylake K series unlocked CPUs coming to laptops too

Intel has confirmed that it will, for the first time, be launching a range of multipler-unlocked Skylake-K processors for laptops, bringing easy overclocking to gamers on the go.

Multiplier-unlocked versions of Intel’s desktop processors have been around for years and have long been the defacto choice for PC enthusiasts, overclockers and gamers – as is the case with the latest Intel Skylake 6700K and 6600K.

However, up until now, they’ve never been brought to the laptop sector.

Kirk Saugen, Senior Vice President & General Manager for the Client Computing Group, made the announcement during his during his keynote speech at IDF, where it was also revealed that Intel’s new Optane 3D Xpoint memory technology will make game-load screens a thing of the past.

As he made the announcement, Skaugen held aloft laptops by EVGA and MSI that will feature the new chips.

It remains to be seen how overclockable the chips will be, given that it’s inherently difficult to apply the hefty cooling that’s required to get good overclocks to slim, portable systems, but at least the option will be there.

No date for the release of the new processors was confirmed but with the rest of the Intel Skylake lineup expected to be announced at IFA at the start of September, we wouldn’t expect the wait to be long.

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