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Review: Intel Core i7-6700K (14nm Skylake)

by Tarinder Sandhu on 5 August 2015, 13:00

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Conclusion

...X99 retains the performance crown without a serious challenge - but Skylake finally brings DDR4 and a decent chipset to the masses.

Intel is bringing clarity to the 2015 premium consumer processor lineup with the launch of the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K.

Though not quite ready to reveal the secret sauce that powers these two processors that harness a revised architecture, Skylake performance is a small step up from the Haswell, Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge CPUs many users have been clinging on to.

Be aware that being invited to the Skylake party requires further investment in a Z170 motherboard and, most likely, DDR4 RAM, with the latter not widely available in 8GB sticks just yet. The outlay is considerable, dampening the excitement that often greets a new architecture, but early adopters will receive ancillary benefits such as dedicated PCIe lanes to super-fast storage and that extra dollop of performance which regular Haswell cannot deliver.

It could be successfully argued that Intel hasn't pulled out any of the stops with desktop Skylake because it doesn't need to. Rival AMD is, for now, releasing its own incremental updates to APUs whose CPU performance is shattered by four-year-old Sandy Bridge, while the long-in-the-tooth FX series is compromised by a chipset that is out of date.

No enthusiast would have batted a lid if Intel had seen out the year with Haswell-based processors - they are plenty fast enough, while X99 retains the performance crown without a serious challenge - but Skylake finally brings DDR4 and a decent chipset to the masses.

The Core i7-6700K is at the vanguard of the 2015 Skylake rollout, and while it's better than the popular Core i7-4770K/4790K in every way whilst costing about the same, the improvement isn't nearly as much as we were hoping for. Still, thinking of building a new PC platform and want it as futureproof as possible? Skylake is where you start.

The Good
 
The Bad
Fastest mainstream processor
Reasonable IPC improvement
Decent overclocking potential
 
Needs a new platform


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Come on Hexus, the improvements over haswell are pathetic and it's not the same pricing, they are currently £320 at ocuk and scan. Massive fail. It's as if they they want to clear the slightly cheaper haswell stock.
raven1001, Intel's official pricing is cheaper in US Dollars than the equivalent Haswell Devils Canyon parts (the strength of the USD and lack of cooling are good reasons for this). The early retailer fleecing will quickly subside.
Would have liked a 5820K to be in the comparison charts - i'm still not sure whether to go 5820K or for this 6700K for gaming and video editing purposes. All depends on the price of the new motherboards I guess as CPUs are a similar price.
Another underwhelming CPU launch from Intel, no surprise there; but this is arguably the 4th such launch in a row.

The question is: Is this just Intel keeping it's power dry and raking in the money, or are we reaching the limits of current silicon technology?
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Cougho;3511397']Another underwhelming CPU launch from Intel, no surprise there; but this is arguably the 4th such launch in a row.

The question is: Is this just Intel keeping it's power dry and raking in the money, or are we reaching the limits of current silicon technology?

To be honest in the desktop space it feels like “We are number one so why try harder?”

Notable on mobile where they actually need to compete we are getting big improvements in power saving and GPU.