Intel Core i5-6600K Review & Specs

Intel Core i5-6600K Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket 1151 91W HD Graphics 530 BX80662I56600K (NO HEATSINK INCLUDED)

Intel Core i5-6600K Skylake Quad-Core 3.5 GHz Socket 1151 91W HD Graphics 530 BX80662I56600K (NO HEATSINK INCLUDED)

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  • Videos, crisper. Gaming, more versatile. Performance, more efficient. With Intel® Core™ i5 processor, your systems and devices work smarter than ever so you can work more effectively than ever with an automatic burst of speed when you need it with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology. With built-in technology like Intel® RealSense™ technology that allows you to interact with your device with just a gesture and revolutionary 3D scanning, computing just got a little bit more human. With built-in Iris™ graphics, watch 4K video on multiple screens, create eye-popping content faster and play seamlessly in 3D. Your experience truly comes to life on screen with 6th Generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Specifications Overview

Model BX80662I56600K
Release Date December 2014

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Series Core i5 6th Gen
Core Name Skylake
Socket LGA1151
Integrated Graphics HD Graphics 530
CPU Cores 4
CPU Threads 4
CPU Clock Rate 3500MHz
CPU Turbo Clock Rate 3900MHz
TDP 91W
CPU Cooler included
Manufacturing Process 14 nm
Cache L3 6MB

Pros

  • Overclocking capabilities
  • Low power consumption under both idle and load
  • Great performance

Cons

  • No heatsink included
  • Not much faster than Haswell

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Specifications

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Essentials
Status Launched
Launch Date Q3'15
Processor Number i5-6600K
Intel® Smart Cache 6 MB
DMI3 8 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0
Embedded Options Available

No
Lithography 14 nm
Scalability 1S Only
Thermal Solution Specification PCG 2015D (130W)
Recommended Customer Price BOX : $243.00
TRAY: $242.00
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Performance
# of Cores 4
# of Threads 4
Processor Base Frequency 3.5 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.9 GHz
TDP 91 W

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Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 64 GB
Memory Types DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Max # of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 34.1 GB/s
ECC Memory Supported

No

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Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 530
Graphics Base Frequency 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.15 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory 1.7 GB
Graphics Output eDP/DP/HDMI/DVI
4K Support Yes, at 60Hz
Max Resolution (Intel® WiDi)‡ 1080p
Max Resolution (HDMI 1.4)‡ 4096x2304@24Hz
Max Resolution (DP)‡ 4096x2304@60Hz
Max Resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel)‡ 4096x2304@60Hz
Max Resolution (VGA)‡ N/A
DirectX* Support 12
OpenGL* Support 4.4
Intel® Quick Sync Video

Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology Yes
Intel® Insider™ Yes
Intel® Wireless Display

Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology Yes
# of Displays Supported 3
Device ID 0x1912

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Expansion Options
PCI Express Revision 3.0
PCI Express Configurations Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes 16

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Package Specifications
Max CPU Configuration 1
Package Size 37.5mm x 37.5mm
Graphics and IMC Lithography 14 nm
Sockets Supported FCLGA1151
Low Halogen Options Available See MDDS

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Advanced Technologies
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel® vPro Technology

No
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology

No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (VT-x) Yes
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)

Yes
Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)

Yes
Intel® TSX-NI Yes
Intel® 64

Yes
Idle States Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology

Yes
Thermal Monitoring Technologies Yes
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) No
Intel® Small Business Advantage Yes

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Intel® Data Protection Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions

Yes
Secure Key Yes

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Intel® Platform Protection Technology
OS Guard Yes
Trusted Execution Technology

No
Execute Disable Bit Yes

Critic Reviews

80

But in the here and now, the Core i5 6600K is a strong product - at worst it provides mildly enhanced performance over its predecessors, at best it's noticeably faster and should help to reduce CPU bottlenecking during gameplay.

80

Though limited to four cores/four threads, the Core i5-6600K is a strong pick for price-conscious performance hounds and future-looking gamers seeking a powerful CPU at a reasonable price. Read...

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