The Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake processor is just around the corner. As early as June, we have seen several Z170 motherboards teased by various motherboard manufacturers. Some of these jaw dropping motherboards are Gigabyte’s Z170 Gaming lineup. These past few days, information regarding the 6th Gen. Intel Core i7-6700K’s performance were being leaked from Chinese sites and forums. Recently, HKEPC revealed that they were able to overclock an i7-6700K to 5.2GHz at 1.35V using air cooling only. See screenshot below.
According to HKEPC, the CPU used in their testing was an engineering sample of the Core i7-6700K. It wasn’t clear whether the 5.2GHz at 1.35V setting was stable or not but they did a second test this time with a lower clock speed and voltage. The CPU was able to boot into Windows XP and running stable at 5GHz with a voltage of 1.286V. They ran SuperPi to test the CPU at 5GHz, and remember, the CPU was running comfortably even with air cooling alone.
It’s too early to conclude at this time regarding the i7-6700K’s potential. They did get an engineering sample and retail sample might be (slightly) different from what they got. Also, it wasn’t reported that the system ran stable while multitasking, or running games and other benchmarking software.
However, if the upcoming 6th Gen Intel Core Skylake processors are as good (or better) as these leaked test samples, then users who are still rocking with their overclocked Sandy Bridge systems may finally have a good reason to upgrade their system (not to mention buy an entire new system).
The Intel Core i7-6700K is based on a 14nm fab process, has four cores and 8 threads, 8MB Cache, with a base clock speed of 4GHz and a boost clock speed of 4.2GHz. It has an integrated Intel HD 530 graphics (TBC), 95W of TDP, supports both DDR4 and DDR3L memory modules and is designed for socket LGA1151.
The upcoming 6th Generation Intel Skylake processors, together with the new Intel 100 Series Chipset are reported to be released by first week of August (5th). Some reports say that it will be revealed during Gamescom.