Core i7

At the time of our Skylake review of both the i7-6700K and the i5-6600K, due to the infancy of the platform and other constraints, we were unable to probe the performance uptake of the processors as they were overclocked. Our overclock testing showed that 4.6 GHz was a reasonable marker for our processors; however fast forward two weeks and that all seems to change as updates are released. With a new motherboard and the same liquid cooler, the same processor that performed 4.6 GHz gave 4.8 GHz with relative ease. In this mini-test, we tested our short-form CPU workload as well as integrated and discrete graphics at several frequencies to see where the real gains are.

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26 by Jarred Walton on 10/23/2014

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85 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/13/2012

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I still remember hearing about Intel's tick-tock cadence and not having much faith that the company could pull it off. Granted Intel hasn't given us a new chip every...

198 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 3/6/2012

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188 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/14/2011

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Historically, whenever NVIDIA or AMD launched a new mobile powerhouse GPU, AVADirect and Clevo were ready to ship us a high-end notebook to show us what the latest mobile...

33 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/3/2011

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64 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/1/2011

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130 by Andrew Cunningham on 2/24/2011

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283 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/3/2011

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55 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/30/2010

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202 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/27/2010

Intel's Core i7 970 Reviewed, (Slightly) More Affordable 6-core

Take the fastest desktop microprocessor in the world, lock its multiplier, shave off 133MHz and drop its price by $100. That's basically what you get with the Core i7...

49 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 7/29/2010

Intel’s Core i5-655K & Core i7-875K: Overclocked and Analyzed

When it comes to Intel processors, the word “Unlocked” is not synonymous with low-priced mainstream products - it’s a feature normally reserved for flagship ‘Extreme Edition’ CPUs that bear...

51 by Rajinder Gill on 5/28/2010

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