Background on Intel Core i3/i5/i7 (6th Gen / Skylake) CPU
Intel's sixth generation of the Core processor series is codenamed Skylake, and introduces DDR4 to Intel's mainstream platform. There is also a very slight boost to performance on the CPU side, and a more substantial boost on the integrated graphics side. Skylake hasinherited the 14nm manufacturing process that was introduced with Broadwell, meaning lower power consumption and higher efficiency compared to previous generations - resulting in slightly lower operating temperatures as well.
For more details, check out our Skylake articles on CPU updates and chipset updates.
The Intel core i3/i5/i7 6xxx series CPUs are great if you want solid CPU performance. The Intel chips cost more than the AMD chips but the CPU performance is far better. The integrated graphics have been improved greatly over the previous series. They are good enough for minimal graphics performance that is needed on the desktop and videos and can even play Sims 3 or War Thunder smoothly on low graphics settings.
While this CPU can be overclocked I generally recommend against it. The 6700K already runs at an amazing 4GHz base clock speed, and with Intel's Turbo Boost feature that can reach as high as 4.2GHz depending on the situation. Overclocking doesn't seem to be able to push the speed much higher, maybe 10% at most - so it doesn't seem particularly worthwhile to me. If you need every ounce of possible speed then it can be viable, but for the vast majority of folks the stock speed is already going to be excellent.
This processor is already very impressive at stock speeds, so in most cases, overclocking is not necessary. However, if you do choose to overclock this processor, just make sure to choose a liquid cooled CPU cooler to adequately cool this processor. When not overclocked, an air-cooled CPU cooler will be just fine.
|Product Line||Core i7|
|Number of Cores||4|
|Clock Speed||4.0 GHz|
|Max. Turbo Boost||4.2 GHz|
|All-Core Turbo Boost||4.0 GHz|
|Thermal Output||95 W|
|Processor Type||Intel HD Graphics 530|
|Core Speed||1150 Mhz|
|# of Displays Supported||3|
|Virtualization Technology (VT-x)||Yes|
|Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)||Yes|
|Trusted Execution Technology||No|
- Intel Core i7 6700K 4.0GHz Quad Core 8MB 95W Drivers
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