Intel has apparently taken advantage of a quiet period for the tech industry to slip out a handful of new PC processors that don't do anything whiz-bang enough to wait for whatever the company has in store for next month's CES event (the rumored 10-core desktop chip and/or a preview of the Kaby Lake architecture?).
The chip giant has just dropped eight new CPUs into its lineup, comprising a mix of both desktop and mobile processors based on either Broadwell or the newer Skylake architecture. Perhaps the most noteworthy ones are the desktop CPUs, the Skylake-based Core i3-6098P and i5-6402P. That's because the "P" suffix has indicated in the past an Intel processor that lacks the company's integrated GPU. Intel has made great strides with its integrated graphics recently, but buyers who are definitely building a system with a discrete graphics card might not be all that interested in an integrated GPU.
Otherwise, the i3-6098P consists of two cores running at 3.6GHz, while the i5-6402P is a quad-core CPU with each core running at 2.8GHz. The i5 has twice the cache (6MB) as the i3, and costs $182 compared to the i3's $117 price.
Of the half-dozen new mobile processors, four are dual-core i5 or i7 models. The two Broadwell CPUs are the i5-5200DU (2.2GHz, 3MB of L3 cache, $281) and the i7-5500DU (2.4GHz, 4MB of cache, $393), while the Skylake pair -- with the same price and cache as their respective Broadwell equivalents -- are the i5-6198DU (2.3GHz) and the i7-6498DU (2.5GHz). The quartet features the same specs and pricing as their existing "U" equivalents, but it's unclear what the "D" in the names means in terms of a differentiated product.
Rounding out the new CPUs are two dual-core 15W Celerons for low-power mobile systems: The 3855U with each core running at 1.6GHz, and the with cores running at 2GHz. Both ultra-low-voltage Skylake processors possess the same amount of L3 cache (2MB) and are priced the same ($107).