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Intel Core i5-7600K review published by Chinese tech site

by Mark Tyson on 4 November 2016, 13:01

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The same Chinese tech site that published the Sapphire Radeon RX 470D NITRO review we mentioned in the news this morning has broken NDA to publish a full review of the Intel Core i5-7600K desktop PC processor. PCOnline's review includes all manner of details, performance and comparison charts.

In essence, the Kaby Lake Core i5-7600K chip runs about 10 per cent faster than the previous generation Skylake Core i5-6600K but much of the performance gain comes from higher default base/boost clockspeeds. Furthermore, the new HD 630 graphics are very similar in spec and performance to HD 530 graphics. The GPU has however gained various hardware de-coding/encoding capabilities which might be valuable to frequent video makers and watchers.

Comparison of Core i5 Parameters of Three Generations in 14nm Process

CPU model

Core i5-7600K

Core i5-6600K

Core i5-5675C

Core code

Kaby Lake

Skylake

Broadwell

Interface Type

LGA 1151

LGA 1151

LGA 1150

Core thread

4/4

4/4

4/4

Frequency (GHz)

3.8-4.2

3.5-3.9

3.1-3.6

Memory support

DRR3L-1600 / DDR4-2133

DRR3L-1600 / DDR4-2133

DDR3-1600

Built-in GPU

HD 630

HD 530

Iris Pro 6200

Number of EU units

24

24

48

Level 3 cache

6MB

6MB

4MB

Level 4 cache

-

-

128MB eDRAM

Process

14nm

14nm

14nm

TDP

91W

91W

65W

 

As you can see tabulated above, the Core base/boost frequencies have received a worthwhile uplift in the new Kaby Lake chip. Looking at this aspect more closely, PCOnline put together the comparison table below:

 

CPU model

Core i5-7600K

Core i5-6600K

Base frequency

3.8 GHz

3.5 GHz

Single-core maximum Core frequency

4.2 GHz

3.9 GHz

Dual-core highest frequency

4.1 GHz

3.8 GHz

Three-core highest frequency

4.1 GHz

3.7 GHz

Quad-core highest frequency

4.0 GHz

3.6 GHz

 

I've collected some of the review benchmark results together and you can click the thumbnails below to see them full size. PCOnline used standards such as wPrime, WinRAR, and CineBench to compare the new Core i5-7600K with the Skylake Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K. As well as the 'CPU tests' embedded below it ran some gaming and graphics focussed tests.

 

The reviewer concludes that, while the Kaby Lake processors might not be worth waiting for, Intel's 200 series motherboards will be attractive for enthusiasts. It is reasoned that these (backwards compatible with Skylake processor) motherboards with their PCIe lanes boost, new tech and interfaces support will be the star attraction this time around.

Last but not least, the review suggests these new Kaby Lake desktop processors will be available from around the time of CES 2017 (early January).



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It looks like the same processor as the 6600k with higher baseclocks.
Going to be interesting to see how this (and it's i7 relation) overclocks. Currently I'm waiting until Jan for the 7700K, Z270 and 1080Ti so I'm hoping there's similar headroom for the SCAN boys to clock this like the current Skylakes.
So the new 7600K doesn't even beat the 6700K. I specifically didn't use the word “can't” there, as I'm sure if they wanted to they'd be able to sail past with the 7600K as well as the 7700K.

I realise that the 6700K has hyperthreading and is 0.2GHz faster, but these incremental releases are just frustrating now.

It doesn't bode well for Zen, as Intel will know where Zen is at, and yet they don't feel pressured enough to even do anything for their new chip over what they've done with every other incremental increase since the i7s of 2008 (which are still perfectly capable now). Eight years with pretty much sod all progress.

I've not been following any Zen rumours and I wasn't getting my hopes up for Zen, and expected it to slot in roughly where the 6600K is at stock, but even that looks like a distant hope now. I just want some competition, for someone to actually move us forward.
I don't know Chinese: what's the “PCIe lanes boost”?
MRFS
I don't know Chinese: what's the “PCIe lanes boost”?

I think that refers to the extra few PCIe lanes the 200 series PCH offers over the 100 series.