Intel Core i7 6700 Review

March 3, 2020

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We experience a great overall performance and a high-end processor that doesn’t have a cooler with the Intel Core i7 6700 review. The Intel Core i7 6700 is not as powerful as the i9 but has some great useful features in terms of performance.

The Intel Core i7 6700K and the Core i5-6600K fall into the Skylake-S category but some features distinguish the two. The chips have unlocked multiplies which means it is possible to overclock them. They also don’t have the L4 cache because of less of focus of integrated graphics.


The Intel Core i7-6700 review features a four core chip with hyperthreading that clocks at 4.0GHz. It has a Turbo boost of 4.2 GHz that enhances the chip to self-overclock one or several cores on demand without exceeding the TDP of the chip. In addition, the processor has 8 MB of L3 cache and supports up to 16 PCI express 3.0 lanes. It consists of 2 memory channels and has a maximum rated clock speed of DDR4-2133 and DDR3-1600. The TDP of this processor is 65 W

It is better than the Intel Core i5-6600K that clocks at 3.5 GHz with a Turbo boost of 3.9 GHz. It has 6 MB of L3 cache which is less compared to Intel Core i5-6700. The Intel Core i5-6700 has the same TDP as the Core i5-6600K which is 91 W. this is better than the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K that have 88 W.

Advanced technology include Turbo Boost technology 2.0, vPro Platform Eligibility, Hyper-Threading Technology, Virtualization Technology (VT-x), TSX-NI, Intel 64, SSE4.1, Intel4.2 AVX2, Idle States, Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology and Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP).

Features and chipset

This is a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor of the Skylake technology. The Skylake in this case features a new chipset and CPU socket too. The motherboard requires an upgrade and the only chipset that is capable of supporting Skylake is the Z170. It has ten USB 3.0 ports. It has networking improvement with the new Snow Peak (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). The chipset is familiar with other chips but it doesn’t incorporate any contact pins but have flat gold contacts.

The chipset has granular overclocking options with its Base Clock capable of being set at any level with adjustments as low as 1MHz. there is a possibility of boosting the memory frequency up to 4133MT/s while the DDR granularity steps can be reduced from 200/266MHz to about 100/133MHz.

At the same time, reviews of the Intel Core i7-6700 feature a Thunderbolt 3.0 which is basically an extension to USB 3.1 Type-C using the same socket. It however uses a different cable, which is USB compatible, that essentially enables increase throughput from 10Gbps to 40Gps. It also enables the addition of extra features like the ability to attach graphic cards.

The PCle 3.0 lanes are again another addition which adds up to 20. This helps in helping up the throughput of the system for PCle storage for example.

Overclocking and heat

The processor consists of tiny resistors and capacitors on the underside of the package which is an extra effort essentially designed to deliver smoother possible power to the chipset so that there is better overclocking. The top part of the CPU is the metal heat spreader which is perfectly glued in its position over the silicon chip with a Thermal Interface Material (TIM). This is for combining the two together so as to take the heat away from the chip and it has a Thermal Design Power (TDP) of 65 W.

Pricing and availability

The Intel Core i7-6700 is a good gaming system today as it brings new levels of performance with the chipset supporting more features and power consumption is reduced in some situations. It has a reasonable pricing of $303.00 to $312.00 which is a recommended retail price.


The Intel Core i5-6700 reviewed is a great CPU as it is a better power saver. When we combine it with series 100 chipset, you experience additional features as well as SATA3, M.2, while some manufactures will provide U2 and Sata Express. In addition, it has a good combination with the ASUS 170 Deluxe motherboard.