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

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Cinebench R15 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R15 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R15
3D Rendering


This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

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Score yet another victory for the Core i7-6700K. In both the single and multi-threaded tests, the Skylake-based Core i7-6700K outpaces the higher-clocked Core i7-4790K. 

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines, and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

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Our results in the POV-Ray benchmark mirror what we saw in Cinebench above. The Core i7-6700K's combination of relatively higher clocks and the microarchitecture's IPC improvements propel it into the lead again here.


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