Details regarding Intel’s Skylake processors for the 12-inch Retina MacBook revealed


Earlier in August, a detailed look at Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors outlined the lineup that would, more than likely, be used in Apple’s MacBook Air refresh.

Now, CPU World has put together another report, this time outlining the Intel Skylake processors that will more than likely be used in the upcoming refresh for Apple’s 12-inch MacBook equipped with a Retina display. The new report is meant to take a closer look at the Core M Skylake processors, which are reportedly set to be branded as Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7, which will be linked to the performance output of the processors. A similar branding is used for Intel’s Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors.

Taking a look at the processors, the publication reveals that the Intel Skylake 900MHz Core m3 GY30 is a dual-core processor, which features Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz. It has Intel HD 515 graphics, 4MB of L3 cache, with a maximum GPU frequency of 850MHz. The thermal design power (TDP) is rated at 4.5 watts. This specific chip, unsurprisingly, would best be fitted for the standard 12-inch MacBook, which currently retails at $1,299.

The mid-range chipsets are the Core m5 GY54 and GY57, both of which are clocked at 1.1GHz, and are both dual-core processors capable of a Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz and 2.8GHz, respectively. They are both equipped with Intel HD 515 graphics, 4MB of L3 cache, and a maximum GPU frequency of 900MHz. While these chips pack a bit more power than the Core m3, it’s likely that they’ll be used in the base MacBook, too.

There’s one more Core m to consider, and that’s the Core m5 GY75. It’s a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with a Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz. It, too, boasts 4MB of L3 cache, Intel HD 515 graphics, and a maximum GPU frequency output of 1GHz. It’s likely that Apple would use this chip within the high-end 12-inch MacBook, which retails for $1,599.

Earlier in the month, Intel’s own slides leaked out, and outlined that its “Y” lineup of processors will boast up to 17 percent faster CPU performance, and offer up to 41% faster HD graphics. As far as battery life is concerned, Intel’s testing shows that its Skylake processors can boost battery life up to 1.4 hours longer.

It’s believed that Intel’s new Skylake processors will launch in September, with new hardware shown off by other manufacturers at this year’s IFA event.

[via MacRumors; CPU World]