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Aug
5
2015

Intel 6700K Overclocking Review and Benchmarks

Intel 6700K Overclocking Review and Benchmarks


Intel's new Skylake line of CPUs is really aimed at users who want the latest and greatest technology and the every savings that come with it. Now that we have had some time to play around with the new chips, we decided to see just how far we could push the i7 6700K when overclocked on water.


The Skylake CPUs are built on a 14 nm process that helps reduce the power draw of the processors. In addition, the new Z107 chipset brings support for the latest Thunderbolt devices and USB 3.1 support.

Temperature


In our temperature test, we let the computer run the LINX stress test for 30 minutes in order to get our load temperatures. For our stock results, we had both CPUs use the standard heatsink that is included with Haswell CPUs. For the overclocked results, all tests were done with a watercooling setup that had a 360mm radiator.

SiSoft - Arithmetic


SiSoft - Cryptography


Cinebench R15


Conclusion

In the end, the new i7 6700K Skylake CPU is definitely an improvement over the last generation Haswell i7 4790K. In our testing, the new CPUs are much better overclockers and they run cooler. If you currently have a 4790K, there isn’t much reason to upgrade to the new chip unless you want native support for USB 3.1, power savings and a few other features.. However, if you are planning to buy a new gaming computer, you’ll definitely want to go with the Skylake line of CPUs.

What are your thoughts on the performance of the i7 6700K? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments below!

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