Testing Setup and SiSoft Sandra

For this review of the Intel Core i7-6700K, we updated our entire suite of CPU benchmarks and thus we have a new set of results to present.  I was able to run the new tests on Skylake, Broadwell, Haswell, Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-E, Vishera and Trinity processors for a rounded comparison group.

Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i7-6700K
Intel Core i7-5775C
Intel Core i7-4770K
Intel Core i7-4670 (simulated)
Intel Core i7-3770K
Intel Core i7-3570 (simulated)
Intel Core i7-3970X
Intel Core i7-3820
Intel Core i7-2600K
Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8350
AMD A10-5800K
Motherboard ASUS Z170-Deluxe (Skylake)
ASUS Z97-Deluxe (Broadwell)
Intel DZ87KLT-75K (Haswell)
Intel DX79SR (Sandy Bridge-E)
ASUS 990FX (Vishera)
MSI A85 (Trinity)
Memory 16GB DDR4-2133
8GB DDR3-1600
Storage Corsair Force GT 120 SSD
Sound Card On-board
Graphics Card AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB
Intel HD 530
Intel Iris Pro 6200
Intel HD 4600
Intel HD 4000
Intel HD 3500
AMD 7660G
Graphics Drivers Catalyst 14.12 (AMD)
Intel 6.16
Power Supply Corsair Professional AX1000 watt
Operating System Windows 8 Pro x64

SiSoft Sandra 2013 SP3a

The latest version of SiSoft Sandra offers up a lot of new features including GPU performance, OpenCL, etc. 

The Intel Core i7-6700K Review - Skylake First for Enthusiasts - Processors 9

The Core i7-6700K is noticeably faster here, across the board, in our first SiSoft Sandra tests, which include synthetic CPU scores, cache scores and memory results. Clearly, in terms of raw theoretical compute capability, the Skylake architecture is impressive, bested only by Intel's own Haswell-E processor and platform. It's rather impressive to see a quad-core processor running faster than both Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E 6-core solutions from just a couple years back!

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