Average Bench: 82.6% (126th of 1323)

more Based on 631,649 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]

Poor: 69%Average: 82.6% Great: 92%
Gaming
Gaming 83%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 69%
Battle cruiser

Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-6700K averaged just 17.3% 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

Avg. Memory Latency 88.9Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 122Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6700K is 22.6%. 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 641Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 635Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 631,649 samples)
Min Avg Max
78.2 Memory 88.9 96.4
98.8 1-Core 122 137
180 2-Core 231 266
85.4% 147 Pts
Min Avg Max
310 4-Core 412 484
465 8-Core 635 741
67% 524 Pts
Min Avg Max
490 64-Core 641 742
43% 641 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
Memory 96.1
1-Core 131
2-Core 232
90% 153 Pts
4-Core 441
8-Core 677
72% 559 Pts
64-Core 676
45% 676 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 95
1-Core 124
2-Core 211
86% 143 Pts
4-Core 422
8-Core 662
69% 542 Pts
64-Core 661
44% 661 Pts
U3E1, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 90
1-Core 105
2-Core 246
84% 147 Pts
4-Core 410
8-Core 660
68% 535 Pts
64-Core 656
44% 656 Pts
LGA1151, 1 CPU, 4 cores, 8 threads
Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
Memory 87
1-Core 121
2-Core 221
84% 143 Pts
4-Core 378
8-Core 635
64% 506 Pts
64-Core 594
40% 594 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $350 @ launch in Aug '15
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Typical Core i7-6700K Builds (Compare 23,118 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 70%
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Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
Destroyer

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $295

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $955

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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 6 years ago.

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11 hrs ago.

I wonder if it would run BF 2042 as well. as the Recomended i7 4790k...


Excellent

4 months ago.

In 2016, I changed core 2 quad q8200 2,33 GHz to core i7 6700k 4,00 GHz. I'm just freaking out at his power.


Excellent

22 days ago.

holds up well, runs pretty cool (30-50C) A good CPU to this day


Poor

7 months 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.


Good

9 months ago.

cant imagine the need for anything more,the old girl( 6700k) still has what it takes, and then some...


Poor

3 months ago.

I have the 6700k for 5 years now and still works fine no problems at all.


Excellent

8 months 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

6 years ago.


Terrible

2 years ago.

Price and perfomance like ideal


Good

10 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

I own it and this pros is nice


Excellent

16 months ago.

born best very fast for gaming 14 nm architecture


Terrible

2 years ago.

it will be mine after 6 months ;)


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Outstanding

5 years ago.

Very solid CPU with good overclocking potential.


Terrible

4 years ago.

very nice behind 7700k and 5930k neighborhood


Outstanding

5 years 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

4 years ago.

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


Terrible

4 years ago.

#SKYLAKEBUG


Terrible

6 months ago.

Like a oven


Excellent

13 months ago.

Has been a workhorse in my VR machine for the past 4 years.


Poor

13 months ago.

It died.


Excellent

6 months ago.

The best CPU investment of the decade. We're still on 14nm in 2021!


Very good

4 years 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

4 years ago.

Good time to be getting into OC'in :)


Outstanding

5 years ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

14 months ago.

Excellent processor for overclock


Very good

6 years ago.

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


Outstanding

4 years 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.


Excellent

2 years ago.

still good enough


Excellent

2 years ago.

Bought in 2016 for 370€. Still holds up really well and I dont see myself needing to upgrade anytime soon either. Haven't overclocked but still it handles anything I throw at it super well.


Terrible

5 years ago.

wouldn't even boot system


Excellent

2 years ago.

Easy to overclock to get a bettter performance out of it, thus making upgrading it not really worth it at this time.


Excellent

2 years ago.

power


Poor

2 years ago.

Unstable chip, heat all over the place making overclocking a joke and 4 cores is not good enough anymore. Poor quality, overpriced unacceptable today.


Excellent

2 years ago.

great value & decently future proof


Excellent

13 months ago.

still staying stong by overclocking to 4.6 ghz


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