Intel Core i7-6700K: Skylake Benchmark Review

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Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake Review & Benchmark

There’s been a lot of hype around Intel’s pending Skylake release, and we finally got our hands on the flagship i7-6700K processor and gave it a full review and benchmark test in our lab. How fast is it? Watch and find out!



0:15 – Introducing Skylake’s i7-6700K
0:24 – Whatever happened to the 5th gen i7?
0:49 – New LGA1151 Socket
1:05 – DDR4
1:26 – Two new Skylake processors
1:44 – Check out our i5-6600K video too
1:53 – Processor Comparison Table & some stats
2:16 – Same 8MB cache
2:36 – Intel’s Skylake Performance Claims

2:52 – Cinebench Multi-Threaded benchmark
3:08 – Cinebench Single-Threaded benchmark
3:19 – WebXPRT 2015 benchmark
3:34 – Microsoft Excel benchmark
3:48 – 7-zip benchmark
3:55 – Photoshop benchmark
4:07 – HandBrake benchmark

4:18 – Intro
4:25 – BioShock Infinite benchmark
4:42 – Hitman Absolution benchmark
4:52 – Tomb Raider benchmark

5:21 – Intro
5:27 – BioShock Infinite benchmark
5:34 – Hitman Absolution benchmark
5:45 – Metro Redux benchmark

6:00 – HandBrake Power Consumption test
6:12 – Performance summary
6:25 – Moving forward in baby steps…
6:38 – Now we have Skylake
6:56 – What can we take away from this first look?
7:09 – Overclocking
7:23 – Other advantages
7:48 – Pricing and conclusion


– 14nm technology
– 4 Cores, 8 Threads
– 4.0 GHz Base clock
– 4.2 GHz Turbo Clock
– LGA1151 Socket
– Z170 Chipset


– Kingston HyperX Predator 32GB (DDR4-2666)
– Asrock’s Z170 Gaming K6+ (Intel Z170)
– Corsair AX Series AX860i
– Samsung SSD 850 Pro (512GB)
– Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4GB)


– Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB (DDR3-2400)
– MSI Z97 XPower AC (Intel Z97)
– Corsair AX Series AX860i
– Samsung SSD 850 Pro (512GB)
– Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4GB)


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Indi rulz says:

hey, just suscribed after watching some of your vids, need help with my current build if everything is alright…

-CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor
-MEMORY: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive
-VIDEO CARD: MSI Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card OR GTX 970
-CASE:NZXT Source 210 Elite (White) ATX Mid Tower Case
-POWER SUPPLY:Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
-OPERATING SYSTEM: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM (64-bit)

Blue-Cat00 says:

Such disappointing results.

The RAMPAGE says:

umm who tests at 1440×900?? Also “Metro Redux” is the name given to both Redux versions.

OregonDucks007 says:

My K6+ and 6700k will be here in 13 hours!!!

james64468 says:

I am skipping this generation. It just pointless to upgrade.

Kayvon Moshiri says:

I was wondering if my cpu has an issue. It stutters when I do anything in general from video editing or just web browsing.
My parts are:
Core i7 6700k
msi gtx 1060
cooler master hyper 212 evo
16 gb ddr4 ripjaw ram
corsair 650 watt ps
gigabyte z170-hd3p motherboard

I built the pc about a month ago and initially did a slight overclock on the i7 from 4.2- 4.3 ghz. It stuttered a bit but my temps never went past 50-55 C. I thought I just got poor silicon or something, but when i moved down to its normal clock speed it still stuttered(less than before but still pretty often). I bought the processor off ebay but it was from an actual company and was a bundle deal with the motherboard so I assumed it would be fine. I’ve consider down clocking the cpu but it just feels like it SHOULD be able to run at stock settings, especially considering the temps are very low. All my drivers seem to be up to date so I don’t know why its under performing. Did I just get extremely unlucky with the processor or is it something else? help plz

Goodborn says:

4:40 – I am watching this without sound, how the heck is the fps so low? that’s not even that high resolution -_-

Jay Stew says:

hard to claim this is an exclusive look. Hard to argue a $300 cpu that gets beat by the previous generation isn’t lame, hard to argue a review using DDR3 instead of DDR4 where skylake would shine makes any fucking sense. But your right, it isn’t lame, its pathetic 🙂

Cyvox says:

Hey Matt, can you please do a video on a 5820k vs. 6700k.

kiril nikolov says:

hah this new cpu is pathetic my i7 4790k is amazing

Mauricio Napier says:

Would be nice to see a 5960x thrown in there for comparison purposes ;3

tubeRSP says:

Actually it’s much more than 10% faster than 4790k. It has received major instructions per cycle improvements. If you test it on antiquated (though updated, lol) software, you won’t find a difference and human programmers naturally slack in adopting the shortcuts of the new architectures.
Nevertheless Intel could get rid of the igpu entirely and offer a cooler operating chip (with probably bigger overclocking potential); or cram 2 more cores in the place of igpu. Who in their right mind would find attractive an igpu in a middle-high end desktop cpu?

SonyJimable says:

Nice review straight to the point.

Constantin Amundsen says:

Well some things in that video werent said right:
the skylake architecture doesnt support hyper-threading but REVERSE-hyper-threading so it is better for single threaded applications because it uses more cores fore a single thread and NOT one core for more threads.

so the fact isnt about performance in general, but generally about speed and shorter process completion times.

Cameron Taylor says:

I hate when people confuse this. Sandy bridge is the tick, ivy bridge was the tock. haswell was the tick broadwell was the tock. skylake is now the tick and cannonlake will be the tock. the tick is a new architecture and the tock shrinks the die of the same architecture. it is called tick tock. not tock tick and you diagram showed.

Aleks says:

Guys don’t forget that this just came out so GIVE IT TIME for the newest drivers and upgrades to come! 🙂


I don’t get this, The content you make is way better than linus tech tips and other big youtubers, you should be having millions of subs!!

BoredThatsWhy says:

Hello, will the Corsair Hydro Series H105 Extreme Performance Liquid CPU Cooler work with this CPU?

21EC says:

now im confused, so should I get the i7 4790k or the i7 6700k…?(upgrading my Intel Q9550..)

Rawr xD says:

how about alocating some memory to the integrated graphics smart ass

Wopp says:

Hey just wondering if this is compatible with the MSI Z170 Krait Gaming ATX LGA1151 Motherboard and the Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler. It would really be a big help!

A K says:

He started to move his hands. That’s a start 🙂

SomeEnglishGames says:

should i buy the 4790k or 6700k for overclocking and single core usage for arma 3

fuse shocking says:

I need to know what games can you play

Arthur Yunzal says:

how about 3ds max rendering

Baku Bhogle says:

how much ram u have used during this test…i am building a build for heavy software 16gb ram sufficient?

MrDeeb8 says:

i guess you just got a bad unit..

mo ji says:


Sam says:

Z97 + 4790k wins!

Trollex says:

What the heck is a “ZEAD” 170? It’s “Z” 170.

Parth Rastogi says:

i wud still go with a 1231v3 + h97 mb and invest the saved money in the best gpu i can buy

Sam says:

i7-4790k and Z97 wins!

joeyjoejums says:

First time I’ve watched one of your video. It provided all the information I was looking for. It was straight forward. Loved the indexing of the video so I could get to the parts I was interested in. Keep up the good work.

UkAeF says:

or non-reference cooling of the socket 1150 is compatible with 1151?

Jay Stew says:

lame vid, lame cpu

Deku says:

whats the difrence betwhen the k i have i7 6700 non k

MrDeeb8 says:

i got 206 single core cinebench, 1054 all cores, I’ve seen people with way better than mine, so maybe it was just your unit


but how can 47k beat the 67k? i just bought the 67k boy i feel stupid = (

Jenova Izq says:

awesome channel you make me subscribe, I have a question I’m building a computer but I’m undecided with one to get, with one you recommend me the Intel 6700k or the 4790k?
thanks and looking forward for your answer.

Neomis 01 says:

Other reviews showed a much bigger increase from i74790k, what gives?

Temp_DexYT says:

If I Want To Build A New PC Am I Better Going With The 4790k Or 6700k?

joeyjoejums says:

Forgot to mention that every other video on the subject of the new Skylake seems like an infomercial for Intel.

TheDorapapi321 says:

how come the i7-6700k is made in 14nm process and got rid of the VRM controller with the same frequency as the 4790k managed to consume more power at 132w?

the 4 cores from the 6700k must me made of stinky hot poop

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