Intel Core i7-6900K Processor Review

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Discrete GPU Gaming Performance

Thief

Thief is a series of stealth video games in which the player takes the role of Garrett, a master thief in a fantasy/steampunk world resembling a cross between the Late Middle Ages and the Victorian era, with more advanced technologies interspersed. Thief is the fourth title in the Thief series, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix on February 25, 2014. We picked this game title for CPU testing as it is known to scale well with CPUs. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; exclusive fullscreen, vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements. We picked this game title for CPU testing as it is known to scale well with CPUs. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users and we are using it to show DX12 performance on the CPUs that we tested. DX12 removed most all of the CPU overhead, so we wanted to see what happens to performance on DX12 game titles as well. We use the games built-in benchmark and test with the default settings with these changes; DX12 enabled, exclusive fullscreen, vSync off, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, medium graphics.

Discrete Gaming Benchmarks Results Summary: On the three game titles we tested with, the Intel Core i7-6900K processor performs reasonably well in stock form. It doesn’t lead any tests, but it’s competitive and just begging to be overclocked.  

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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.