Average Bench: 89.4% (17th of 967)

more Based on 76,714 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: 72%Average: 89.4% Great: 108%
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 10.5% 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 485Pts
Quad Core Integer Speed 451Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6600K is 35.5%. 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 493Pts
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 476Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 76,714 samples)
Min Avg Max
96.4 SC Int 117 140
104 SC Float 126 149
100 SC Mixed 122 144
97.5% 122 Pts
Min Avg Max
339 QC Int 451 549
370 QC Float 485 586
352 QC Mixed 466 567
106% 467 Pts
Min Avg Max
367 MC Int 459 553
402 MC Float 493 591
388 MC Mixed 476 570
71.3% 476 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 4.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 139
SC Float 152
SC Mixed 145
116% 145 Pts
QC Int 496
QC Float 535
QC Mixed 522
117% 518 Pts
MC Int 487
MC Float 506
MC Mixed 485
74% 493 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 139
SC Mixed 134
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 519
QC Float 550
QC Mixed 533
121% 534 Pts
MC Int 515
MC Float 557
MC Mixed 541
80% 537 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 124
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 127
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 490
QC Float 532
QC Mixed 511
116% 511 Pts
MC Int 493
MC Float 532
MC Mixed 508
76% 511 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 125
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 456
QC Float 484
QC Mixed 461
106% 467 Pts
MC Int 469
MC Float 520
MC Mixed 488
74% 493 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 114
SC Float 121
SC Mixed 118
94% 118 Pts
QC Int 431
QC Float 466
QC Mixed 447
101% 448 Pts
MC Int 432
MC Float 468
MC Mixed 453
68% 451 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

Skylake 6th generation Core i5 processor...

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Poor (edit your comment) Add link

4 days ago.

useless for 4k resulation gamers

Comment 

Great overclocker very stable—Nov '15


Excellent

2 days 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.


Excellent

11 days ago.

I have it, it's great

Comment 

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


Good

9 days ago.

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


Terrible

17 hrs ago.

Extreme power,thx Intel


Terrible

15 days ago.

-.-


Excellent

20 days ago.

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


Terrible

21 days ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Excellent

20 days ago.

its cheaper than the ryzen 5 1600x and it is more efficient


Excellent

22 days ago.

Purchased mine when building a completely new system in September 2015, and it still performs flawlessly, even in new games as well.


Poor

4 days ago.

it isn't worth it


Good

1 month ago.

nice work


Terrible

6 days ago.

it low for 4k


Outstanding

15 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.


Good

21 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.

The most underrated chip you can overclock!


Outstanding

20 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

12 months ago.

works fine


Excellent

5 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

24 months ago.

When great expectations satisfied with outstanding results!


Outstanding

12 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

10 months ago.

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


Outstanding

10 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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