Intel Skylake i5 6600K & i7 6700K 1151 Z170 Review
Published: 5th August 2015 | Source: Intel | Price: BUY @ OCUK |
Intel Core i5-6600K
Intel Core i7-6700K
Corsair LPX 3200
Gskill Ripjaws V 3600
HyperX Predator 480GB M.2
Custom Corsair 540 Air (case)
Corsair H110i GTX
Windows 7 x64
With new hardware comes a change to our test system. For today's CPU-based review we'll be retaining Windows 7 to allow for a better comparison with what has come before, and we'll move to Windows 10 when the motherboards start arriving.
The ASUS Z170-A follows a similar design ethos to the Deluxe from their previous range. We'll give you a full run-down of the specifications on a subsequent page, but for now this ticks all the boxes at a ridiculously affordable price point. USB 3.1 is included - see we said manufacturers would have you covered - as well as a complete array of display outputs so you can make the most of the Intel HD530 iGPU.
Adding to that we have a Corsair Vengeance LPX kit. Rated to a whopping 3200MHz it has plenty of overhead to ensure our 'sensible' speed RAM runs go off without a hitch.
For the banzai runs G.Skill have supplied us with their RipjawsX supporting a mental 3600MHz. It wasn't that long ago that 2000MHz was a mighty speed. Thank you Gordon Moore. 3600MHz memory is still properly limited so a special thank you for Gskill getting this to us in time for our testing. Its really helped us push the boundaries of the new memory controllers.
Lastly for our storage needs the blistering Kingston Predator M.2 drive provides endless bandwidth and helps us bring extra speed to our test results and keep our results at the forefront of storage technology. How they fit a 480GB drive into something so tiny boggles the mind as does the fact the sticker is upside down!