Intel Core i7-6900K Processor Review

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The Intel Core i7-6900K is a very capable consumer desktop processor since it has 8-cores and is perfectly suited for power users and researchers that are crunching highly threaded workloads all day long. If you are looking for the fastest processor around that would still be the Intel Core i7-6950X, but most people have a budget they need to adhere to and that is where we feel the Intel Core i7-6900K comes into the picture. At $1635 shipped, the Intel Core i7-6950X is a bit much for most people. The Intel Core i7-6900K at $1030 shipped will give you a couple extra cores and significantly improved performance on heavy workloads for over $600 less than Intel’s flagship part.


Intel Core i7-6900K Processor
The million dollar question is how will the Intel Core i7-6900K hold up against AMD’s upcoming Ryzen processors. We can’t answer that just yet, but the latest rumors have AMD’s flagship Ryzen processor priced at around $749 and AMD’s CEO stated they Ryzen will have a higher ASP (average selling price) than the current CPU offerings. If, AMD Ryzen is competitive and priced $250 lower than Intel we can see that competition forcing some price changes by Intel in the months ahead. We found the Intel Core i7-6900K to be an impressive processor, but with AMD Ryzen coming in just weeks with the promise of similar performance we suggest waiting for it to be released before you pull the trigger on a $1000+ processor. The Intel Core i7-6900K has been out since Q2 2016 and is almost a year old, so waiting 3-4 weeks to see what the real Ryzen numbers are from independent review sites like this one is advised. The AMD Ryzen R7 1800X is supposed to be the flagship processor that is a direct competitor to the Intel Core i7-6900K and we hope to have that review for you to see in the next 30 days or less!

Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core i7-6900K processor is a beast, but it will be interesting to see how it performs against the AMD Ryzen R7 1800X processor next month when AMD finally re-enters the high-performance CPU market.


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  • Terry Perry

    What a Crock in ALL the forums they say the 6-8 Cores are Worthless Over Kill. Unless you spend ALL day editing and want to save time then it Becomes a TAX Wright off as a Business Expense. Other wise they have NO Use. My 2500 stock Blows through All games steam and Origin Max Out. I bought a Devil Canyon for 190$ that is even Over KILL. All these Stories are Just Advertisement to SELL something you Don’t need. And if AMD is really that Good Intel WILL have to drop their Prices in HALF.

    • tristan smith

      well it’s overkill until our software becomes so complex that we need the overkill as standard.

  • bennyg

    You’d have to be a complete idiot to buy a broadwell-E right now and not wait until Ryzen proves it’s better and/or Intel drops prices to compete

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    My 3970X is holding strong. Love how my memory was supposed to be max 55gb/s and is actually running more like 62-65gb/s reads and writes. 64gb of quad channel ddr3 2400mhz is holding up just fine.

  • Eric Matthews

    “Both processors have 40 PCI Express lanes, so you don’t have to worry about the limitations of the Intel Core i7-6800 on Intel X99 platforms.”

    I don’t think the 28 PCI Express lanes on the Intel Core i7-6800K is a serious limitation. In SLI or crossfire, 8 PCI express lanes are enough to drive a second GPU without a bottleneck. Or you can just forget about SLI or Crossfire – a single GTX 1080 get’s the job done – even at 4K. You may have to dial back settings in the latest games – which I’ve done and the games still look great. Only in the most heavy threaded applications will you benefit from having 8 cores over 6. Those applications always make you wait…you’ll still be waiting…only waiting less. If your workload is only sometimes heavy threaded (Arguably 99+% of people on the planet) then you can save yourself another $600.

    When you compare the extra money spent versus the performance gained, the i7-6800K really shines.

    • Basket of Winning ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

      Agreed.

      And the 6800K isn’t even in the comparison charts.
      Funny how that works …

      Fake News

      • tristan smith

        “Fake News” really? is it not good to have nonsense out there that way we have to learn how to discern real from fake? correct me if i am wrong.

        • Basket of Winning ✓ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ

          ‘Triggered’ !

  • Dorian Kunch

    Nate, thanks for the thorough review and including my 2700K at 4.5 in da mix. I can still sit tight.