Average Bench: 67.6% (452nd of 1442)

Based on 80,688 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000506E3, Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600 CPU @ 3.30GHz
Poor: 47%Average: 67.6% Great: 77%
Gaming
Gaming 68%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 74%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 51%
Yacht

Above average average bench

The Intel Core i5-6600 averaged 32.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Memory Latency 78.7Pts
Avg. Dual Core Speed 201Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6600 is 30.2%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-6600 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 350Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 345Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 80,688 samples)
Min Avg Max
51.2 Memory 78.7 90.9
70.1 1-Core 100 112
133 2-Core 201 222
71.7% 127 Pts
Min Avg Max
193 4-Core 324 399
224 8-Core 345 412
44.2% 335 Pts
Min Avg Max
234 64-Core 350 414
21.7% 350 Pts
User Benchmarks BenchNormalHeavyServer
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 81.4
1-Core 113
2-Core 221
78% 138 Pts
4-Core 430
8-Core 433
58% 432 Pts
64-Core 434
27% 434 Pts
Socket 0, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 84
1-Core 106
2-Core 203
75% 131 Pts
4-Core 412
8-Core 404
55% 408 Pts
64-Core 404
25% 404 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Memory 88
1-Core 105
2-Core 214
77% 136 Pts
4-Core 376
8-Core 417
52% 396 Pts
64-Core 351
22% 351 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 3.65 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.5
1-Core 92.8
2-Core 200
70% 124 Pts
4-Core 391
8-Core 384
52% 387 Pts
64-Core 386
24% 386 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 35.3
1-Core 20.7
2-Core 39.3
21% 31.8 Pts
4-Core 69.1
8-Core 79.2
10% 74.1 Pts
64-Core 75.9
5% 75.9 Pts
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MSRP ≈ $224 @ launch in Sep '15
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Typical Core i5-6600 Builds (Compare 13,914 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings
Gaming
Gaming 59%
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Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 47%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $295

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 93% - Outstanding Total price: $702

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i5-6600 Processor (6M Cache, up to 3.90 GHz)
Code NameSkylake
Launch DateQ3'15
Processor Numberi5-6600
# 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$213.00 - $224.00
Clock Speed3.3 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency3.9 GHz
Bus Speed8 GT/s DMI3
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP65 W
Thermal Solution SpecificationPCG 2015C (65W)

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 TechYes
Identity Protection TechYes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)Yes
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 TechYes

 Comments

Skylake 6th generation Core i5 processor...

Added 8 years ago.

Terrible

3 months ago.

Perfect for overclocking with z170 motherboards! Highly recommend - cheap and effective.


Good

16 months ago.

its good cpu for what paid for


Poor

2 years ago.

extremely good processor for mid-high gaming


Good

12 months ago.

Solid performer. Still going good for price paid.


Good

5 months ago.

It is very relaiable and consistent. Perfect CPU


Good

7 months ago.

i5 6600 is good for gaming but it's not good for a workstation and making content on the internet


Good

3 years ago.

Good


Terrible

6 years ago.

it is low for 4k


Excellent

3 years ago.

I have that CPU since 2016... Ultra Settings 1080p with good grafics. Best CPU I have bought... With XMP: DDR-4 3200 MHz a very good Marathon runner!


Very good

7 years ago.

A solid mid-high CPU for desktop & gaming use, should last me a couple of CPU generations without too much envy.


Outstanding

3 years ago.


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