Average Bench: 90.6% (33rd of 1110)

more Based on 205,468 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000506E3, , 0F8BFBFF000506E3, 0000000000000000, BFEBFBFF000306C3, BFEBFBFF000206A7, BFEBFBFF000006FB, 1F8BFBFF000506E3, 0FABFBFF000506E3, 1FABFBFF000506E3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.21GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K Processor CPU @4.20 GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.20GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700K CPU @ 4.00GHz 4.00GHz

The Core i7-6700K is Intel's latest "Skylake" flagship processor. It replaces the hugely successful i7-4790K and takes the crown as the fastest mainstream consumer CPU available. Comparing performance and specs between the 4790K and 6700K shows that the configuration is largely unchanged (same base clocks, cores, threads) but the improved manufacturing process (14nm) brings a small reduction in TDP and a performance improvement of 8%; almost exactly the same jump as between the Ivy Bridge 3770K and Haswell 4770K. Owners of any unlocked-K Intel CPU from Sandy Bridge or onwards still have no real reason to upgrade as the performance improvements are largely academic but the i7-6700K will be the CPU of choice for the vast majority of top end PC builds in 2015. [Aug '15 CPUPro]

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Poor: 75%Average: 90.6% Great: 106%
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6700K averaged just 9.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-6700K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Single Core Floating Point Speed 131Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 128Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6700K is 30.7%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6700K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 671Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 709Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 205,468 samples)
Min Avg Max
105 SC Int 125 142
113 SC Float 131 147
109 SC Mixed 128 144
102% 128 Pts
Min Avg Max
338 QC Int 428 523
365 QC Float 458 551
347 QC Mixed 443 532
100% 443 Pts
Min Avg Max
516 MC Int 621 711
593 MC Float 709 809
559 MC Mixed 671 766
99.7% 667 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz
SC Int 134
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 138
110% 137 Pts
QC Int 519
QC Float 524
QC Mixed 502
117% 515 Pts
MC Int 687
MC Float 778
MC Mixed 742
110% 736 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 141
SC Float 146
SC Mixed 144
115% 144 Pts
QC Int 456
QC Float 513
QC Mixed 491
110% 487 Pts
MC Int 666
MC Float 805
MC Mixed 740
110% 737 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 123
SC Float 129
SC Mixed 126
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 488
QC Float 497
QC Mixed 500
112% 495 Pts
MC Int 625
MC Float 711
MC Mixed 672
100% 669 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 131
105% 131 Pts
QC Int 341
QC Float 391
QC Mixed 401
86% 378 Pts
MC Int 640
MC Float 733
MC Mixed 663
102% 679 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 2.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 69.6
SC Float 73.1
SC Mixed 71.9
57% 71.5 Pts
QC Int 234
QC Float 257
QC Mixed 242
55% 244 Pts
MC Int 353
MC Float 398
MC Mixed 380
56% 377 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $350 @ launch in Aug '15
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Typical Core i7-6700K Builds (Compare 21,081 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 93%
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Desktop
Desktop 85%
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Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $157

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 84% - Excellent Total price: $1,224

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-6700K Processor (8M Cache, up to 4.20 GHz)
Code NameSkylake
Launch DateQ3'15
Processor Numberi7-6700K
# of Cores4
# of Threads8
Cache8 MB SmartCache
Instruction Set64-bit
Instruction Set ExtensionsSSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended Price$339.00 - $350.00
Clock Speed4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4.2 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
QPI Links0
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 TechYes
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

6th generation skylake processor....

Added 2 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

3 days ago.

I was able to purchase mine off of a friend for only 300$, and it was the best investment of my gaming career. I have mine with a 970 FTW and it works amazing with it. Almost any game i can run at maxed and still above 60FPS, would recommend :)


Terrible

16 days ago.

Overheating is a real problem but it has great performance


Terrible

7 days ago.

I put it in a build literally 2 weeks before ryzen came out and regretted it but all things considered it's amazing.


Excellent

2 months ago.

it`s a new core and have exelent performace it`s in battle with I7 5960x


Terrible

21 days ago.

good OC (4.6 stable, 4.7 with a bit of overvolt) but reasonably cool temperatures. great CPU that resemble the glorious i5-2500K.


Terrible

9 days ago.

streaming sucks video editing... even basic takes a big strain


Terrible

1 month ago.

hugely overpriced not much improvement over previous generation so why upgrade your system when older one can do the same task in almost as efficiently as this?


Poor

12 days ago.

Awesome four core performance even though mine doesn't overclock very high. It still performs really well in all recent titles.


Good

18 days ago.

great chip never had a problem


Terrible

5 days ago.

Relatively good CPU, but not much of an improvement since Ivy Bridge. Its successor i7 7700K isn't a big improvement either. It's too expensive for the performance it offers, having in mind that previous i7 4790K had 200 MHz higher factory clocks and equally priced Ryzen 7 1700 beats it in most applications.


Outstanding

2 years ago.


Good

17 days ago.

Nice Gaming CPU best base clock of 4 Ghz


Terrible

1 month ago.

Price and perfomance like ideal


Excellent

1 month ago.

I own it and this pros is nice


Excellent

9 months ago.

Best CPU ever, for gaming and rendering, also you can run W7 YAY!!!


Terrible

8 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

10 months ago.

Last gen's beast, and still is a beast.


Good

12 months ago.

it will be mine after 6 months ;)


Outstanding

19 months ago.

Very solid CPU with good overclocking potential.


Terrible

10 months ago.

very nice behind 7700k and 5930k neighborhood


Outstanding

21 months ago.

Best thermal architecture ever. Don't get a horrible, overheating FX, when you can spend the extra money to get a CPU that will get the job done and not turn your room into a sauna


Good

17 months ago.

I Love mine and I hope it will last as long as my 2600k and 3930k has.


Very good

18 months ago.

Very fast and good processor. A little pricey and not necessary for people strictly interested in gaming, but the best consumer level processor on the market.


Excellent

6 months ago.

Good time to be getting into OC'in :)


Outstanding

21 months ago.

1 beast of a 4core was updated till new releases of 6cores :(


Good

5 months ago.

Good performance bad heat. I value at $240 in 2018


Outstanding

13 months ago.

If you can get it cheaper than 7700k then only go for it..


Excellent

11 months ago.

I still love this chip because it's got the best gaming performance


Very good

2 years ago.

Great processor, very stable, easily overclocked, and improved performance over my AMD-FX 8320 rig


Outstanding

14 months ago.

It's very good and I keep it OC at 4.5 GHz with liquid cooling. Works very well for rendering videos and it is very effective at handling massive loads.


Terrible

7 months ago.

#SKYLAKEBUG


Terrible

2 years ago.

wouldn't even boot system


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