THESKY’S THE­LIMIT

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB EXAM -

by For a while now, there has been a si­lence in the world of CPUs. In­tel’s ‘Devil’s Canyon’ is now of­fi­cially yesterday’s news, and ‘Broad­well’ – de­spite the com­mu­nity hav­ing hailed it as In­tel’s 5th gen­er­a­tion pro­ces­sors - has all but made its im­pact in the PC world. Even though the Haswell-E came shortly af­ter Devil’s Canyon, it wasn’t a CPU that many peo­ple would’ve been able to af­ford, let alone con­sider as an op­tion for their rig. Well, In­tel’s new ‘tock’ of its ‘Tick-Tock’ ca­dence has fi­nally ar­rived: ‘Sky­lake’ is fi­nally here in our labs and quite frankly, we couldn’t be any­more ex­cited. There’s a lot to be said about Sky­lake. For starters, it’s man­u­fac­tured us­ing a new FinFET fab­ri­ca­tion process, which es­sen­tially means that it has a thin­ner but more ef­fi­cient process node (you can pretty much thank Moore’s Law for this in­no­va­tion). How much smaller is it? 14nm, which is a heck of a lot thin­ner when com­pared to Haswell’s and Devil’s Canyon’s 22nm. That be­ing said, re­duc­ing down from 22nm to 14nm isn’t easy or cheap, and with In­tel’s goal of cre­at­ing a CPU with a 10nm FinFET die process just means that it’s go­ing to get more ex­pen­sive over time to, once again, ad­here to the tenets of Moore’s Law. But thanks to a bet­ter Ther­mal In­ter­face Ma­te­rial (which they had im­proved upon since its im­ple­men­ta­tion on Devil’s Canyon), In­tel has man­aged to set the de­fault clock speed of the Core i7-6700K at 4.0GHz with a Turbo Boost of 4.4GHz: a con­sid­er­able 200MHz more than the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion CPU. Nat­u­rally, as we run all of our bench­marks with all com­po­nents over­clocked, we were cer­tain that there was a higher speed in which the Core i7-6700K could achieve, though how far we man­aged to push it was a sur­prise (more on that a lit­tle later).

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