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Skylake Core i7-6700K performance tests – First 14nm for desktops

Skylake Core i7-6700K performance tests – First 14nm for desktops

May 12, 2015 2:31 am0 comments

First Intel Core i7-6700K (Skylake) performance tests, the most powerful model of the sixth Intel Core processor’s generation, the first 14 nanometers designed desktop platform.

As you know, just a few months ago Intel came into the 14 nanometers era with its Core M, Broadwell-U, Pentium, Celeron and Atom Braswell. But it has not yet commercialized desktop processors under this manufacturing process. The delay in the release of the Broadwell processors has merged both platforms and since AMD’s situation does not affect Intel, perhaps the giant will only gamble for the desktop Skylake.

This way, the Skykake-S will be the replacement for the current desktop Haswell. A point to note before continuing: they will not be compatible with the existing motherboards because they use a new LGA-1151 socket. Instead, they will have a new 100 series chipset (B150, H110, Q150, Q170, Z150 and Z170 versions) which will offer support for the new technologies and standards, i.e. DDR4, PCIe 4.0 and SATA Express. It is said that the memory controller will also support DDR3 so that we can take advantage of our current modules.

According to the information we have seen so far, Intel will be marketing a dozen Skylake S models for desktops. All of them with native quad-core processors at different frequencies, with 8 threads through Hyper-Threading in some of them , 6 to 8 Mbytes third level cache, 25 to 95 watts TDP and an integrated graphics card which model is still unknown.

The top end of the series would be the Core i7-6700, with eight 4.2 GHz threads, 95 watts TDP and an unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking. The first benchmarks have appeared on the internet and put us on the right track about their performance compared to current models:

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As you have seen already, the results are pretty good and expected, offering an average 15% performance above the Core i7-4790K and not too far from the Core i7-5820K, the inferior 6 core model from Haswell-E.

The tests – if they are real – usually come from engineering samples that Intel provides to its partners. Soon we will be able to verify if it’s really true or not since Intel will be launching the Skylake-S on the IDF conference held in San Francisco in August. Finally the 14 nanometer will be available for desktop PC’s.

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