We have been hearing rumors about Intel’s Skylake for a while now, but we now have something better than the rumors, an actual photograph of the chip. The below photograph is of a sample that has been sent out to motherboard manufacturers for testing.
So this photo does confirm that samples have been sent out to partners for testing. Skylake-S will use an LGA1151 socket that can be matched up with Z170, H170, B150, Q150 and Q170 chipsets. The first two samples that have been sent out are a non-overclock versions. The first has a 2.3 GHz base clock with a boost up to 2.9 GHz and the second has a 2.2 GHz base clock and a 2.4 GHz boost. The first chip mentioned also has integrated GT2 graphics, while the second chip does not.
Based on new information it looks like Skylake will support both DDR3 and DDR4 memory. It does look like both of these samples however are using DDR4 ECC memory, which makes us believe they are workstation processors. The first (faster) processor has a TDP of 95W and the second one has a TDP of 80W. Intel is expected to release the Greenlow platform in 2015 and Skylake-S Z170 chips are to be part of this.