Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Processor Review

And finally the 6th Generation Intel Core processor arrived at the lab, is it a nice processor? Yes it is.

Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Processor Review

And just for fun I thought I’d show the under side of the processor.

Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Processor Review

Below is the CPU-Z of the processor.

Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Processor Review

Overclocking & Temperature

The review sample came without the stock cooler so I tested the processor with my DeepCool Assassin II cooler.

I managed to get the processor to enter Windows 10 at 4.8Ghz OC but it couldn’t get through all tests, 4.7Ghz overclock didn’t work either despite having pumped the Vcore to 1.4v. I finally settled down for 4.6Ghz being the stable overclocked speed.

Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) Processor Review

Test Setup

ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700K
RAMAVEXIR Blitz 4x 4GB 3000Mhz DDR4
MotherboardASRock Z170 Extrem4
Power SupplyCooler Master V700
Operating SystemWindows 10 64bit

The Benchmarks

x264 – 10bit to 8bit Video Conversion

The source video is a 720p MKV file that is 90 seconds in duration. x264 settings at the slowest.

ProcessorTime Taken
(seconds)
Intel Core i7 6700K141
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.6Ghz129
Intel Core i7-5960X87
AMD FX-9590165

Cinebench R15

Default settings

ProcessorTime Taken
(seconds)
Intel Core i7 6700K927
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.6Ghz1005
Intel Core i7-5960X1331

WinRAR

Speed of archiving some almost 1GB worth of CR2 and MOV file.

ProcessorTime Taken
(seconds)
Intel Core i7 6700K30
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.6Ghz30
Intel Core i7-5960X22
AMD FX-959046

The Verdict

The processor market changed a lot over the past 6 months, with GST in place and weakened MYR, a Core i7 that once cost around RM 1,000 is now priced at around RM 1,500 which is currently the price of a Core i7-6700K.

While I think the Core i7-6700K is an excellent processor, I find that it’s quite difficult to propose such any setup with this processor. An LGA 1150 5th Generation Core i7 may cost almost the same but you have much cheaper options like Z97 boards and DDR3 RAM. If you intend go DDR4 then you might want to consider Intel’s LGA 2011 setup where an X99 board and DDR4 combo that costs a little more but you get a lot more processing power.

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