Average Bench: 80% (169th of 1335)

more Based on 352,152 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: 64%Average: 80% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 61%
Destroyer

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i5-6600K averaged just 19.9% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 86.3Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 115Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i5-6600K is 28.1%. 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 Mixed Speed 433Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 431Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 352,152 samples)
Min Avg Max
72 Memory 86.3 95.9
93.2 1-Core 115 136
178 2-Core 227 271
82.5% 143 Pts
Min Avg Max
286 4-Core 426 526
307 8-Core 431 531
58.4% 428 Pts
Min Avg Max
322 64-Core 433 530
29.1% 433 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Memory 95.3
1-Core 135
2-Core 271
95% 167 Pts
4-Core 540
8-Core 541
74% 540 Pts
64-Core 544
36% 544 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 87.1
1-Core 127
2-Core 250
88% 155 Pts
4-Core 488
8-Core 489
67% 489 Pts
64-Core 483
32% 483 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Memory 83.5
1-Core 128
2-Core 257
88% 156 Pts
4-Core 507
8-Core 511
70% 509 Pts
64-Core 508
34% 508 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.5
1-Core 116
2-Core 236
84% 147 Pts
4-Core 466
8-Core 455
63% 461 Pts
64-Core 468
31% 468 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 4 threads
Base clock 3.5 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 94
1-Core 108
2-Core 213
82% 138 Pts
4-Core 397
8-Core 370
53% 384 Pts
64-Core 356
24% 356 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $243 @ launch in Aug '15
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Gaming 68%
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Desktop
Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 54%
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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 6 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

23 days ago.

Comment 

Great overclocker very stable—Nov '15


Poor

4 months ago.

overclocked at 4,4 Ghz runs like a charm with my RTX 2060. Still some CPU bottleneck but considering i'm getting like 90% of a last gen performance with that old CPU, it was a fantastic deal


Good

1 month ago.

Bought it 2016(?) and I still can run most games I play on High


Excellent

5 days 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


Excellent

9 months ago.

i have one and he is very good


Excellent

5 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

22 days 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...


Good

4 days ago.

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


Poor

4 days ago.

It very good gaiming processor


Good

12 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

8 months ago.

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


Good

10 months ago.

@terrible your tubo speed is at 2000 mhz and your ram dont work how it should, you have some terrible bios settings or your pc is going to hot


Good

15 months ago.

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


Outstanding

6 years ago.


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Terrible

4 years ago.

it low for 4k


Terrible

3 years ago.

좆망


Outstanding

5 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

4 years ago.

very good for OC


Good

3 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.


Poor

3 years ago.

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


Good

6 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.


Outstanding

5 years ago.

The most underrated chip you can overclock!


Excellent

4 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

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

6 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

5 years ago.

works fine


Excellent

4 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

6 years ago.

When great expectations satisfied with outstanding results!


Outstanding

4 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

5 years ago.

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


Outstanding

5 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

4 years ago.

decent


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