Intel launched their Skylake platform yesterday and we had you covered with both the two new processor reviews as well as a bunch of new Z170 motherboards. But not everyone is convinced that it might be the best way to go, as we still have the option to go down the X99 based route. Overclockers UK agree with this and for a limited time they are offering an X99 based system with a six-core Intel i7-5820K CPU for £50 less than an equivalent top-of-the-line i7-6700K Skylake system costs.
And there are quite a few benefits on the X99 based system with an i7-5820K processor. The processor is a little slower with 4.2GHz versus 4.4GHz, but that doesn’t really make a lot of difference. What does make a difference is the X99’s ability to support quad-channel memory and it has more PCI-Express lanes. The Skylake CPU still only has 16 lanes and that’s just not enough for a proper tricked-out high-end system. Skylake does have the ability to clock higher, but the X99 still performs better in most areas and when you are rendering physics, using Photoshop, or similar creative work, then “X99 smashes Skylake out of the water”.
The two systems in question from Overclockers UK are the Titan Riptide X99 based Gaming PC for £1140.97 and the Titan Bayonet Skylake Gaming PC for £1192.99 when specced with equivalent parts including 16GB 2400MHz memory, 2TB 7200RPM Hard Drive and a Nvidia GTX 970 graphics card.