Intel Core i7-6900K Processor Review

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Media Encoding & Encryption Benchmarks

HandBrake v1.0.1 – link

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. It is popular today as it allows you to transcode multiple input video formats to h.264 output format and is highly multithreaded. We used Big Buck Bunny as our input file, which has become one of the world standards for video benchmarks. For our benchmark scenario we used a standard 2D 4K (3840×2160) 60 FPS clip in the MP4 format and used Handbrake version 1.0.1 to do two things.

We used the new Fast 1080p30 preset to shrink that down to a 1920 x 1080 video clip to reduce the file size. This is something people often do to save space to put movies onto mobile devices. We also ran the workload using the normal preset as it puts the CPU at a higher load than the Fast 1080p30 preset.

 

X264 HD Encoding – link

the x264 HD Benchmark is a reproducible measure of how fast your machine can encode a short HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. It’s nice because everyone running it will use the same video clip and software. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other. We are using x264 HD v5.0.1 for this test.

Media Encoding Benchmark Results Summary: Our media tests showed that the Intel Core i7-6900K and Core i7-6950X CPUs were significantly faster than the rest of the processors, so if you do a bunch of video work you’ll be able to justify purchasing one of these processors as it can save you a ton of rendering/processing time!

VeraCrypt 1.19 – link

VeraCrypt is an open-source disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and is a fork based on the discontinued TrueCrypt 7.1a utility. The developers claim that weaknesses found in TrueCrypt have been resolved with the VeraCrypt project. This is a popular utility used by people that don’t want to use Microsoft’s built-in encyption tool for Windows 10 called Bitlocker.

Encryption Benchmark Results Summary: If encryption is something you do, you’ll find having more cores and threads to be very beneficial as you can see from the results above.

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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.