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Intel Skylake review: Core i7-6700K and Core i5-6600K - Gaming Benchmarks & Performance Review

Test Setup

When it comes to using the latest Skylake chips for gaming, we tested both the integrated graphics and how it performs purely as a CPU partnered with a high-end graphics card. We used the Sapphire Vapor-X R9 290 for the latter, which is a card that’s fast enough to ensure it isn’t the bottleneck in our higher-end games tests.

For the integrated graphics we tested at 1,920 x 1,080 (1080p) but set the games’ detail settings to medium. Meanwhile for the high-end test we used the same resolution but pushed the detail up to its maximum. While we could have pushed the resolution higher we wanted to create a scenario where there’s a reasonable chance the CPU but while still being somewhat representative of how some users would use such a high-end graphics card.

Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 can be very taxing on the CPU in multiplayer games. However, it’s very difficult to test consistently in a multiplayer environment so we instead record the framerate of the game during an on-rails section of the single-player game. Although this makes it a largely GPU limited scenario we do see some variation in framerates with the discrete card. What’s more it makes for a great test for the integrated graphics as Battlefield 4 is just the sort of game that a more casual gamer might drop into every now and then.

Intel Skylake Battlefield 4Benchmark comparison graph of CPU performance in Battlefield 4.

Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite is simply one of our favourite single player games of recent times and represents a good average for current PC game workloads. Its very high potential framerates with our test graphics cards also gives an even clearer indication of the performance difference between a discrete card and the integrated graphics.

Intel Skylake Bioshock InfiniteBar graphs comparing FPS in Bioshock by different Intel CPUs.

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