Intel Core i7-6700K And Z170 Chipset Review: Skylake For Enthusiasts

PCMark 7 and 8 v2 Testing

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is a whole-system benchmarking suite. It has specific application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment and uses trace-based metrics to gauge relative performance (It has also been updated for Windows 8 compatibility, however--and we ran the latest version). Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated into the PCMark suite...

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance
The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system
  • Windows Defender
  • Importing pictures
  • Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding

  • DirectX

Image manipulation
Web browsing and decrypting


The new Core i7-6700K put up an excellent score in the PCMark 7 suite. The processor's relatively high clocks, the increased bandwidth afforded by its DDR4 RAM, architectural improvements, and higher-performing graphics core all contribute to the Core i7-6700K's strong showing here.

PCMark 8 v2
System Level Benchmark

PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests--plus battery life testing for mobile platforms—to help consumers find the devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments.

These tests can be run with or without OpenCL acceleration. We chose to run with OpenCL acceleration enabled to leverage all of the platforms’ CPU and GPU compute resources…


Once again, we see some strong numbers from the Core i7-6700K. Intel's new flagship, mainstream desktop processor had no trouble outpacing the top-of-the-line Broadwell based Core i7-5775C or the 4770R, both of which are packing Iris Pro Graphics.

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