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Front view of Intel Core i7 6700K

Reasons to consider the
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Higher clock speed 4 GHz vs 3.3 GHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Has a built-in GPU Yes vs No Somewhat common; A separate graphics adapter is not required
Higher turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz vs 3.6 GHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
Much lower typical power consumption 73.94W vs 113.75W 35% lower typical power consumption
Significantly newer manufacturing process 14 nm vs 22 nm A newer manufacturing process allows for a more powerful, yet cooler running processor
Significantly better CompuBench 1.5 video composition score 13.68 fps vs 3.71 fps Around 3.8x better CompuBench 1.5 video composition score
Better PassMark (Single core) score 2,349 vs 2,017 More than 15% better PassMark (Single core) score
Much lower annual home energy cost 21.92 $/year vs 33.73 $/year 35% lower annual home energy cost
Much lower annual commercial energy cost 79.72 $/year vs 122.64 $/year 35% lower annual commercial energy cost
Better overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz vs 4.34 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Air)
Newer Jul, 2015 vs Jul, 2014 Release date a year later
Better overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.77 GHz vs 4.51 GHz More than 5% better overclocked clock speed (Water)
Front view of Intel Core i7 5820K

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Much better performance per dollar 3.87 pt/$ vs 0.91 pt/$ More than 4.2x better performance per dollar
More l3 cache 15 MB vs 8 MB Around 90% more l3 cache; more data can be stored in the l3 cache for quick access later
Much better performance per watt 10.79 pt/W vs 3.49 pt/W More than 3x better performance per watt
More cores 6 vs 4 2 more cores; run more applications at once
More threads 12 vs 8 4 more threads
More l3 cache per core 2.5 MB/core vs 2 MB/core 25% more l3 cache per core
Better PassMark score 12,995 vs 11,109 More than 15% better PassMark score

Benchmarks Real world tests of Core i7 6700K vs 5820K

CompuBench 1.5 (Face detection)

Core i7 6700K
26.72 mPixels/s
Core i7 5820K
6.74 mPixels/s

CompuBench 1.5 (Video composition) Data courtesy CompuBench

Core i7 6700K
13.68 fps
Core i7 5820K
3.71 fps

GeekBench 3 (Multi-core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (Single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

GeekBench 3 (AES single core) Data courtesy Primate Labs

Core i7 6700K
6,010 MB/s
Core i7 5820K
4,050,000 MB/s

GeekBench (32-bit) Data courtesy Primate Labs

PassMark Data courtesy Passmark

PassMark (Single Core)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Core i7 6700K  vs
Clock speed 4 GHz 3.3 GHz
Turbo clock speed 4.2 GHz 3.6 GHz
Cores Quad core Hexa core
Is unlocked Yes Yes


Has a NX bit Yes Yes
Supports trusted computing No No
Has virtualization support Yes Yes
Instruction set extensions
Supplemental SSE3
AVX 2.0
Supports dynamic frequency scaling Yes Yes

power consumption

TDP 91W 140W
Annual home energy cost 21.92 $/year 33.73 $/year
Annual commercial energy cost 79.72 $/year 122.64 $/year
Performance per watt 3.49 pt/W 10.79 pt/W
Typical power consumption 73.94W 113.75W


Architecture FSB QPI
Number of links 0 0
Transfer rate 8,000 MT/s 0 MT/s


Core i7 6700K  vs
Architecture x86-64 x86-64
Threads 8 12
L3 cache 8 MB 15 MB
L3 cache per core 2 MB/core 2.5 MB/core
Manufacture process 14 nm 22 nm
Max CPUs 1 1


Overclocked clock speed 4.61 GHz 4.34 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Water) 4.77 GHz 4.51 GHz
Overclocked clock speed (Air) 4.61 GHz 4.34 GHz

integrated graphics

Label Intel® HD Graphics 530 N/A
Number of displays supported 3 N/A
GPU clock speed 350 MHz N/A
Turbo clock speed 1,150 MHz N/A

memory controller

Memory controller Built-in Built-in
Memory type
Channels Dual Channel Quad Channel
Supports ECC No No
Maximum memory size 65,536 MB 65,536 MB
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how can cpu support max 64gb ram when it on a motherboard that supports 128gb ram
those test bench never true performance
sadly aqgreed
i just got the cpu on combo deal at micro center and am now wondering about it if it was best deal
Just look at the chart and you guys will understand how shitty this comparision is. 5820K beat the shit out of 6700K lol.
how can a quad core processor have a higher score than a hexa core one? Doesn't make any sense to me haha. When it come down to future proof it is no brainer to go for 5820k and it could last u for years. Furthermore, the 5820K is enthusiast level while the 4790k, 6700k still in mainstream line LMAO
That was exactly my point. Waiting for theoretical performance improvements at some time in the future is pointless. There will always be a "next best thing", there's no point delaying a purchase because there might be something a bit better some point later. Beau Sally was saying that a 6700k wouldn't be a good upgrade from a fx8350 because it would be "worthless in a year", that's not true. It would have been a worthwhile upgrade for many years and Intels decreasing performance improvements will probably mean it will be usable for many, many CPU generations.
Reading this at the end of 2016 proves you wrong. There is no Skylake Refresh, and Kaby Lake has no gains over Skylake it is worth to talk about. Sad.
They say those boards will support the cannonlake too. I own: i7 6700K i5 6600k A10 7860K
Go back to your trannie girlfriend and stay out of places that require intelligence.
True. The 5820k at stock speed beat a 6700k@4.4 GHz in the CPU DAWBench test
"right now neither the 6700k nor its little brother is worth wasting money on." Said a poo-flinging monkey.
the x99 [platform is not old they just refreshed it the 5820k is honestly the better bang for the buck its cheaper than the 6700k and has more performance
Hello, im about to buy a cpu.. im not sure of it, 6700k or 5820k, I read and read about those two cpu, I would like to sli 1080 to gaming in 4k monitor, I see some games fram in 5820k have higher frams than 6700k in some sites, im afraid if I go for the 5820k because of the x99 which it is old, and z170 have better future.
Hello, gotta build a pc, i do not sure what to go with: 5820k or 6700k with gtx 1080 sli ?
Anyone thinking this AMD garbage, the fx 8350 is even in the same.... universe as the 6700k, 4790k, OR 5820k is on crack, man. Did anyone say that? How stupid. They probably are very eager gamers, and that's what they have. Desperately trying to make a case (in their own minds) for why they have the mad notes. I certainly disagree with some of this, I respect the 6700k, but overall.... I like the 5820k. I also think the 6700k > 4790k, but they ALL beat the freaking fx 8350. Man...... AMD is like... Lead paint shedding toys made in Bangladesh, Nvidia is like high quality American made toys.
so agreed. I honestly think the original scores, which have the 5820k above the 4790k, and the skylake slightly above that, were more accurate. I appreciate the Skylake's 4 cores, and gaming ability. It is NOT less than the 4790k, and it sure as hell isn't almost twice as good as the 5820k. Good observation. Yes, their credibility with this guy is shot.
O my god. You and Driven01 are intelligent! I'm amazed!! You are the only 2 I read, I bet there are other people who are not morons!! I am pleased. Did you guys know, that when the 5820k came OUT, it was 9.1, the 4790k was 9.3, and when the 6700k popped it was 8.9? Then they added in all the stupid onboard graphics and power bullshit, and BOGGED the hell out of the 5820k's score. It's just not as popular, and many, many people think the 4790k and 6700k just BLOW it out of the water, the quad cores sell better, and they're being biased. People cry about an AMD vs Nvidia Bias... I don't see that. I see a Bias towards the court of public opinion, which has many jurors who don't understand the hardware.
It may, but Broadwell-E is using the same X99 chipset as Haswell-E. And they say Kaby Lake will also support Z170, which according to me is great!!
Upgrade from? An FX 8350? Sure, you could wait for Kaby Lake NOW but upgrading to a Skylake over an FX 8350 is completely sensible (if you are willing to spend) OR even an i5 6600K is better than 8350 for current gen gaming
Exactly, that too using dang Celeron N1500 lol
Against a 3000mhz ddr4? 6700k stock is 4.0-4.2ghz I have OCed mine to 4.6ghz
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