Average Bench: 88.9% (14th of 959)

more Based on 63,293 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000506E3, , 0F8BFBFF000506E3, 0000000000000000, 1F8BFBFF000506E3, 0FABFBFF000506E3, 1FABFBFF000506E3 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 3.50GHz

The Intel Core i5-6600K is based on the new "Skylake" 14nm manufacturing process. Sporting 4 physical cores with base/turbo clocks of 3.5/3.9 GHz the 6600K and its predecessor, the 4690K share the same basic configuration and disappointingly, offer similar performance. Comparing the 6600K and 6700K shows that the 6700K has faster multi and single core performance. The improved multi core performance is due to Hyperthreading which is the key differentiator for the i7-6700K. The gap in single core performance can largely be eliminated by overclocking the i5-6600K so although the stock effective speed is significantly higher on the 6700K, this gap diminishes significantly when both processors are overclocked. At a 30% discount, the 6600K is the better value gaming CPU. [Aug '15 CPUPro]

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Poor: 70%Average: 88.9% Great: 107%
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-6600K averaged just 11.1% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i5-6600K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Quad Core Floating Point Speed 480Pts
Quad Core Integer Speed 446Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6600K is 36.8%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-6600K performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 490Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 472Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 63,293 samples)
Min Avg Max
96.9 SC Int 118 139
106 SC Float 127 148
102 SC Mixed 122 143
97.7% 122 Pts
Min Avg Max
330 QC Int 446 545
361 QC Float 480 582
341 QC Mixed 461 562
105% 462 Pts
Min Avg Max
364 MC Int 457 547
395 MC Float 490 584
374 MC Mixed 472 565
70.8% 473 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 140
SC Float 150
SC Mixed 145
116% 145 Pts
QC Int 564
QC Float 595
QC Mixed 567
130% 575 Pts
MC Int 561
MC Float 596
MC Mixed 574
86% 577 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 135
SC Float 146
SC Mixed 142
113% 141 Pts
QC Int 545
QC Float 583
QC Mixed 561
128% 563 Pts
MC Int 542
MC Float 585
MC Mixed 563
84% 563 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 133
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 138
110% 137 Pts
QC Int 516
QC Float 560
QC Mixed 527
121% 534 Pts
MC Int 524
MC Float 559
MC Mixed 536
81% 539 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 126
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 129
104% 130 Pts
QC Int 478
QC Float 505
QC Mixed 488
111% 490 Pts
MC Int 491
MC Float 507
MC Mixed 490
74% 496 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz
SC Int 101
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 108
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 416
QC Float 447
QC Mixed 440
98% 434 Pts
MC Int 431
MC Float 463
MC Mixed 416
65% 437 Pts
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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-6600K Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Code NameSkylake
Launch DateQ3'15
Processor Numberi5-6600K
# of Cores4
# of Threads4
Cache6 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$242.00 - $243.00
Clock Speed3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.9 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP91 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015D (130W)
Product BriefLink

Graphics

Processor GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics 530
Graphics Base Frequency350 MHz
Graphics OutputeDP/DP/HDMI/DVI
Wireless DisplayYes
# of Displays Supported3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency1.15 GHz
Quick Sync VideoYes
InTru 3D TechYes
Clear Video HD TechYes
Intel InsiderYes
Clear Video Tech for MIDYes
Graphics Video Max Memory64 GB

Memory

Max Memory Size64 GB
Memory TypesDDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Memory Channels2
Memory Bandwidth34.1 GB/s
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
PCI Express ConfigurationsUp to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes16

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes
Secure KeyYes

Advanced Technologies

Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Thermal Monitoring TechnologiesYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechNo
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
TSX-NIYes
vPro TechNo
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)No
Small Business AdvantageYes

Package

Package Size37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography14 nm
Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedFCLGA1151

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
OS GuardYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

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Great overclocker very stable—Nov '15


Good

21 hrs ago.

Clocks great, handles high voltage well so it should last long time, doesn't eat much, IPC still better than anything AMD can bring in 2017.


Poor

20 hrs ago.

Fantastic CPU if you're looking for gaming. i7s aren't really necessary if you're gonna do any video rendering the 6600 is also pretty good for gaming if you don't want to overclock

Comment 

It's a beast. Didn't even have the chance to overclock it yet! It's gonna be insane!—Oct '15


Good

21 hrs ago.

the value for money is really good, and the capacity for overclocked very good too.


Poor

1 day ago.

Your mom has penis


Good

3 days ago.

Good gpu


Poor

16 hrs ago.

Extreme power,thx Intel


Outstanding

21 months ago.


Good

10 days ago.

http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/3170410 my score


Poor

9 days ago.

Great value for the money, overclocks splendidly. Great for gaming.


Poor

1 month ago.

nice work


Poor

14 days ago.

Best shit


Outstanding

12 months ago.

I have just upgraded from a gaming laptop (MSI GS70 2PE) to a Desktop PC. Such a good decision. I choosed the i5-6600K for it's price-performance factor (no one is surprised here). I paid less then €200 (bought with company, no TVA). It is overclocked at 4,5Ghz and cooled by a Corsair H80i V2. The average temp is 28°C and the highest temp I have seen was 58°C. All Adobe software open in 2 seconds. After effects never lags. I love it.


Outstanding

14 months ago.

The most underrated chip you can overclock!


Good

18 months ago.

I was able to overclock to 4600 without knowing much about overclocking, using simple settings in my ASRock Z170M Extreme4. Runs very cool stock, using a Noctua NH-C14S, and only about 30 degC over ambient when overclocked and working hard. Wound up being perfect for my quiet HTPC/Gaming machine. I'm leaving it stock speed for normal use, with the ability to OC if I find I need it in the future, and to tinker and play with to see how fast I can get her.


Outstanding

17 months ago.

Awesome performance when stock or overclocked. I am able to benchmark at 4.9 ghz, stable at 4.7 ghz w /1.375v llc level 5 on prolimatech megahalems rev c.


Good

9 months ago.

works fine


Excellent

2 months ago.

Nice low power taking, overclocks very well even on air cooler with single fan without having high temps(60-70c while heavy gaming). Got mine to 4.5GHz at 1.35v(will tinker bit more to get voltage lower). 10/10 chip for just gaming. Love it


Outstanding

21 months ago.

When great expectations satisfied with outstanding results!


Outstanding

9 months ago.

This gpu is amazing, really easy to overclock too. Got mine up to 4.5ghz using an auto voltage on a sup bar motherboard and it's 109th percentile. You can pick it up for 190 on sites like Jet when you use a first purchase promo. can't recommend enough.


Outstanding

7 months ago.

Overclocks like a beast, but doesn't have hyperthreading.


Outstanding

7 months ago.

amazing quad core CPU. Does everything i need It to do, super smooth, got mine to 4.4GHz no problem, and this is my first overclock. Bet I could get it up to 4.6 or 4.7 if I wanted to.


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