Average Bench: 72.4% (296th of 1385)

more Based on 342,244 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000506E3, , 0F8BFBFF000506E3, BFEBFBFF000906E9, 0000000000000000, BFEBFBFF000306D4, 1F8BFBFF000506E3, 0FABFBFF000506E3, 1FABFBFF000506E3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 3.50GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 4.40GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6600K CPU @ 2.40GHz

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]

Poor: 57%Average: 72.4% Great: 85%
Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 55%
Yacht

Good average bench

The Intel Core i5-6600K averaged 27.6% 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 83.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Speed 110Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6600K is 28%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i5-6600K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Speed 378Pts
Avg. Octa Core Speed 373Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 342,244 samples)
Min Avg Max
68.4 Memory 83.3 95.2
73.2 1-Core 110 136
154 2-Core 218 269
77.5% 137 Pts
Min Avg Max
238 4-Core 352 455
253 8-Core 373 476
48.1% 363 Pts
Min Avg Max
269 64-Core 378 484
23.4% 378 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.5
1-Core 120
2-Core 236
82% 147 Pts
4-Core 409
8-Core 421
55% 415 Pts
64-Core 407
25% 407 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 92.2
1-Core 112
2-Core 221
81% 142 Pts
4-Core 348
8-Core 372
48% 360 Pts
64-Core 356
22% 356 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 91.3
1-Core 116
2-Core 222
82% 143 Pts
4-Core 333
8-Core 380
47% 357 Pts
64-Core 377
23% 377 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 80.7
1-Core 100
2-Core 204
73% 128 Pts
4-Core 310
8-Core 354
43% 332 Pts
64-Core 355
22% 355 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 75.2
1-Core 83.7
2-Core 163
62% 107 Pts
4-Core 213
8-Core 246
30% 230 Pts
64-Core 335
21% 335 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 58,742,998 CPUs tested.

 Prices

MSRP ≈ $243 @ launch in Aug '15
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Gaming
Gaming 62%
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Desktop
Desktop 83%
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Workstation
Workstation 49%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $295

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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...

Added 7 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

3 months ago.

Comment 

Great overclocker very stable—Nov '15


Terrible

2 months ago.

This a great cpu for oc-ing, served me well over the last few years and great for gaming ! Over all 4.5/5.0


Good

11 months ago.

Have it since 2017... Overclocked at 4.8 with a Gammaxx 400 and it doesn't go above 76 degrees celsius... Great Cpu !

Comment 

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


Poor

2 months ago.

i have one and he is very good


Excellent

18 months ago.

http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/4719152 Hi guys, I have a pretty bad performance with this processor even when i've been using it for months without problems, i dont know why it is so bad right now. Do you have some clue why is this happening?


Excellent

13 months ago.

I have this CPU in my PC with Radeon RX 580... ...I have this CPU in OC.: 4,5 GHz and I dont have problem with new games, i love this procesor, low temperature and high fps...


Terrible

5 months ago.

I was expecting something more good with 91 wattages... I prefer the 6500


Excellent

4 months ago.

It very good gaiming processor


Excellent

9 months ago.

Horrible at base clocks, extremely underwhelming and you could do with much better for the money. Probably great if you can OC though.


Poor

20 months ago.

Man i've got it since summer of 2016 and it treats me right


Outstanding

7 years ago.


Terrible

5 years ago.

it low for 4k


Terrible

4 years ago.

좆망


Outstanding

6 years 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.


Excellent

5 years ago.

very good for OC


Good

4 years ago.

Great IPC and at the time was the best gaming CPU available. Dinged a star as hyperthreading should have been a feature. Just a standard boring 4c now.


Outstanding

6 years ago.

The most underrated chip you can overclock!


Poor

4 years ago.

i mean, it overclocks, but there are a couple cpu's that are better for a lower price


Good

7 years 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.


Excellent

5 years ago.

A rock solid performer. Running a cheap AIO loop I feel pretty confident I can hit a voltage ceiling near thermal max and remain stable. Maybe I just won the silicon lottery but this 6600k is a barn burner.


Excellent

4 years ago.

I had a saved bench at 117% but cannot see it in the list. Curious why?


Outstanding

7 years 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

4 months ago.

It worked for me.


Good

6 years ago.

works fine


Excellent

5 years 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

7 years ago.

When great expectations satisfied with outstanding results!


Outstanding

5 years ago.

This cpu 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

6 years ago.

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


Outstanding

6 years 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.


Excellent

5 years ago.

decent


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