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).