Many people are wondering why Intel’s new 14nm Skylake processors have such a high TDP at 95W for the quad-core parts like the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K, even though their 22nm counterparts like the i7-4770K and i5-4670K run cooler at only 85W. A new leaked slide explains this higher TDP. It looks like Intel is going all-in on their integrated graphics implementation on Skylake, which will leverage eDRAM caches. Intel says these chips will have up to 50% higher integrated graphics performance over Haswell.
Even those these chips will have a higher TDP, overall efficiency of the chip tells a different story. SoCs that are based off Skylake will draw as much as 60% less power than those powered by Haswell. This translates into 35% longer HD video playback on portable devices running these chips. Intel’s graphics performance push is more than likely driven by the surge in display resolutions, with 4K becoming standard.