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Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake-K CPU Review With ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming

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Test Setup

Processor
  • Intel Core i7-5960X
  • Intel Core i7-5930K
  • Intel Core i7-4960X
  • Intel Core i7-3960X
  • Intel Core i7-6700K
  • Intel Core i7-4790K
  • Intel Core i7-4770K
  • Intel Core i7-3770K
  • Intel Core i7-2600K
  • Intel Core i5-4690K
  • Intel Core i5-3570K
Motherboard:
  • Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 w/Core i7-5960X
  • Gigabyte GA-X99-UD7 w/Core i7-5930K
  • ASUS X79 Deluxe w/Core i7-4960X
  • Intel DX79SI LGA 2011 w/ Core i7-3960X
  • ASUS Z170 Pro Gaming w/Core i7-6700K
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force w/Core i7-4790K
  • Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force w/Core i5-4690K
  • Intel DZ87KLT-75K w/ Core i7-4770K
  • ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 w/ Core i7-3770K
  • ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 w/ Core i7-3570K
  • ASUS Sabertooth P67 w/ Core i7-2600K
Power Supply: Xigmatek NRP-MC1002 1000 Watt
Hard Disk: Kingston HyperX 3K 90 GB (OS)
Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 7200.12
Memory:
  • Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 2400 MHz (CL11) (4 GB x 4) DDR4 Memory Kit 4 x 4 GB
  • Kingston HyperX 2400 MHz 10th Anniversary Edition Memory Kit (DDR3)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Video Cards: GALAX GeForce GTX 970 EXOC BLACK
Cooling Solutions: Phantek PH-TC14PE Triple Fan
OS: Windows 8.1 Ultimate 64-bit

Intel Core i7-6700K 4.6 GHz Overclocking

Overclocking on the i7 6700K was pushed to 4.60 GHz with a multiplier of 46 and a BCLK speed of 100 MHz. The overclocking itself was rather easy. Our chip was unable to push to 4.6 GHz without any crashes which is a good impression for Skylake. There are a lot of useful tools in the Z170 Gaming BIOS that can be used to configure on the go overclocking. The chip was supplied a voltage of 1.32V for stable operations.

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