Intel Skylake i7-6700K Benchmarks Leaked

Another batch of Skylake benchmarks have leaked out a little under a month before the expected launch. This time we have the Intel i7-6700K on an ECS Z170-Claymore paired with 16GB of 2133Mhz DRR4, 128GB SSD and a GTX970. For comparison an i7-4790K on an MSI Z97A Gaming 6 with 8GB of 1600Mhz DDR3 with the same GPU and SSD. Both systems used the stock Intel heatsink with the copper core.

PCMark 8, 3DMark, Cinebench R15, and Sandra 2015 were tested with the 6700K coming first in the images with the 4790K following. As you can see Skylake trades blows with Haswell in PCMark 8, only managing to pull ahead significantly in the Home test. In the two Firestrike tests, Haswell manages to pull ahead but Skylake manages wins in Cloud Gate and Sky Diver.

Cinebench R15 shows a win for Skylake with a notable improvement in multicore efficiency. OpenGL shows a big jump due to the improved iGPU on Skylake. For Sandra 2015, the red line is Haswell and blue for Skylake. The two trade blows in the arithmetic test, but Skylake pulls ahead in multimedia, cryptography and memory bandwidth. The final two are expected given additional instruction support for cryptography and DDR4 with Skylake.

As we pretty much expected, Skylake is a minor bump in terms of IPC gains, being able to pull ahead of Haswell despite being clocked lower. One can’t forget that the extra bandwidth offered by DDR4 might be giving a boost to Skylake so those with 2133Mhz DDR3  Haswell might see fewer gains. Drivers for the motherboard are still in beta, but not too much is likely to change in that field. These benchmarks serve to confirm the general trend shown by previous leaks and the hardware looks set for a much leaked August launch.

Thank you TechBang for providing us this information

iBuyPower Noctis Intel Z97 Review


Once again, it is review time at eTeknix HQ and iBuyPower gives us the chance to test their Noctis Intel Z97. The case is a brand new iBuyPower version of the equally new NZXT Noctus 450. Inside we have an Intel i7 4790K, an EVGA Superclocked GTX 980, 16GB of DDR3 1600, and a 240GB SSD. Cooling the 4790K is a 120mm AIO CPU liquid cooler with two fans in a push-pull configuration. The 4790K has a Turbo frequency up to 4.4GHz, and with the EVGA Superclocked GTX 980 running up to 1505MHz core and 3505MHz memory makes this system well suited for some great gaming performance.

The system was put together using the iBuyPower Z97 system configurator, and parts were chosen to make a system that would make a very capable gaming system while not going overboard and trying to stay budget conscious. I was trying to stay under the $2,000 and what I ended up with was a system that comes out to an affordable $1,530, so lets give it a go and see how it does. I will also look for ways I could improve on the build while still staying within that $2,000 budget that I was aiming for.


  • Name: iBuyPower Noctis Intel Z97
  • Case: NZXT Noctis 450 iBuyPower Version – Blue
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z97-D3H (Socket 1150) DDR3 ATX Motherboard
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4790K Quad Core Haswell Processor
  • Processor Cooler: 120mm CPU Water Cooler
  • System Memory: 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory (2 x 8GB sticks)
  • Main Boot Drive: 240GB Kingston V300 SSD
  • Additional Storage Drive(s): None
  • Graphics card: EVGA GeForce GTX 980 4GB Superclocked
  • Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART SP-650 650W 80PLUS Bronze
  • Optical DriveNone
  • Wireless: Not included
  • Monitor: Not included
  • Peripherals: Not included
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit
  • Warranty: Three Year Standard Warranty
  • Price: $1549 as configured Delivered

The shipping box is immense and will likely need two people to move it unless you are capable of carrying large precarious objects safely.

Inside is the box for the iBuyPower NZXT Noctis 450, well padded with heavy foam that will be great for keeping the systems intact.

Inside the Notcis case box, the original case packaging is used, with closed cell foam keeping it very secure and stable.

The unboxed system is striking with the matte black finish and the blue mesh accents.  The matte finish can pick up fingerprints and dust so keep some cleaner and a microfiber cloth handy if you are picky about that kind of thing. There is a piece of printed paper on the side of the case illustrating how to remove the Instapak foam that keeps the internals of the system secure while shipping.



Overclockers UK Offer Two Titan-Z for the Price of One

Overclockers UK are offering a FREE NVIDIA GTX Titan Z SLI Upgrade with their new Battlebox systems as part of the NVIDIA Battlebox range. Introduced today are the Battlebox Titan Z and Battlebox Titan Z Hydro Edition Gaming systems featuring the latest cutting edge technology, built and configured by experts over at Overclockers UK.

Whether your battlefield is a digital wonderland, a rendered warzone or even the world of business, the Battlebox is the perfect weapon. The Titan Z is the pinacle of graphics performance, combining two exceptional GPUs with a monstrous 12GB of VRAM. Just as at home creating games as playing them, the Titan Z is the ultimate, all encompassing graphics card and thanks to Overclockers UK’s current, unbelievable offer, you get two of these incredible beasts for the price of one.

The Battlebox Titan Z Edition Extreme System is powered through Intel’s latest i7 4970K Devil’s Canyon series processor overclocked to 4.6GHz on an Asus Z97 Maximus VII Formula motherboard. Overclockers UK have left the customer in control of choices for memory up to 32GB, choice of primary and secondary hard drive with defaults being a Samsung 256GB 840 Evo and Seagate Barracuda 2TB along with a further option for a tertiary hard drive if the user requires all wrapped in Phantek’s Enthoo Pro Mid Tower.

The Battlebox Titan Z Edition Hydro Extreme System offers all the same options as the nonhydro edition but includes watercooling on the CPU enabling even higher overclockers up to 4.7GHz and for the SLI NVIDIA GTX Titan Z graphics cards for even quicker performance.

Producing the beautiful intricate graphics is the NVIDIA GTX Titan Z, a powerful dual GPU graphics card featuring 12GB of VRAM memory, effortlessly rendering and calculating even the most high resolution gaming graphics at extreme FPS. Overclockers UK are topping up the gaming system, giving a FREE NVIDA GTX Titan Z evolving the system into a twin powerhouse SLI monster, ready to immerse the customer in an experience like never before slicing through 4K resolutions without breaking a sweat.

The experts of Overclockers UK will assemble the system providing the same amount of care, accuracy and love for detail for each and every complete PC. Their high level of know-how and inside knowledge of computers has been praised by demanding customers for years which ensures that computers bought at Overclockers UK are not just out of the box solutions, but rather feature specialities like pre-assembled custom water cooling, perfectly sound-insulated cases or powerful upgrade OC bundles.

Featuring neat and precise cable management and every system needing to pass quality control before shipment, Overclockers UK ensure a hassle free experience along with optional warranty and build services. Hitachi Finance plans are also available giving easy to manage payment solutions.

Battlebox Titan Z Edition Specifications: (Link)

  • Phanteks Enthoo Pro Mid Tower Case with Window
  • SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB per card (one FREE)
  • Intel Core i7 4790K (Devil’s Canyon) @ 4.6GHz Overclocked CPU
  • Asus Z97 Maximus VII Formula motherboard
  • Choice of Memory up to 32GB – default 16GB 2400MHz
  • Choice of Solid State drive – default Samsung 256GB 840 Evo Series
  • Choice of Secondary Hard Drive – default Seagate Barracuda 2TB
  • Choice of Tertiary Hard Drive
  • Fast DDR3 memory as 8GB or 16GB kit
  • Optional: Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 (64-bit) pre-installed
  • Free GRID Auto Sports
  • Free Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Battlebox Titan Z Hydro Edition Specifications: (Link)

  • Phanteks Enthoo Pro Mid Tower Case with Window
  • Watercooled Intel Core i7 4790K (Devil’s Canyon) @ 4.7GHz Overclocked CPU
  • Asus Z97 Maximus VII Formula motherboard
  • Watercooled SLI NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB per card (one FREE)
  • Choice of Memory up to 32GB – default 16GB 2400MHz
  • Choice of Solid State drive – default Samsung 256GB Evo Series
  • Choice of Secondary Hard Drive – default Seagate Barracuda 2TB
  • Choice of Tertiary Hard Drive
  • Fast DDR3 memory as 8GB or 16GB kit
  • Optional: Microsoft Windows 7 or 8 (64-bit) pre-installed
  • Free GRID Auto Sports
  • Free Borderlands The Pre-Sequel

Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Overclockers UK.

Devil’s Canyon, Haswell-E and Broadwell Plans Detailed in Intel’s Official Roadmap

Having AMD release its official roadmap, Intel is apparently not far behind in releasing such information. An official roadmap detailing Intel’s plans for this year has been revealed. The roadmap states that Intel is planning to delay its Devil’s Canyon CPU launch date from June 2nd 2014 to Q3 2014.

Intel will only announce its Devil’s Canyon processors at Computex 2014 in June, where sources indicate it will also hold an overclocking competition as well, where users can test out the Core i7-4790K and Core i5-4690K processors. It is also said that a few retailers have already listed the Core i7-4790K, Core i5-4690K and Pentium G3258 CPUs for pre-order. However, they will not start shipping until September. Also, most motherboard manufacturers are holding out until Devil’s Canyon release before they start shipping the Z97 motherboards.

In terms of specifications for Devil’s Canyon, a list and details can be viewed below:

Intel’s Core i7-4790K apparently will be the first 22nm consumer CPU from the Haswell Refresh lineup to come with a clock speed of a staggering 4 GHz and a boost speed of 4.4 GHz, featuring 4 cores and 8 threads. It is also stated to come with an unlocked design, allowing users to overclock the CPU over its limits thanks to its improved thermal design and updated package material. The Core i7-4790K is said to feature a TDP of 88W and feature the latest Intel HD 4600 graphics chip clocked at 1250 MHz. A price for this chip is suggested by pre-ordering sites at around $359.99.

The Core i5-4690K seems to be the fastest i5 series Intel CPU, with a stock speed of 3.5 GHz and boost of 3.9 GHz. It will feature 4 cores and 4 threads along with an unlocked design as the i7-4790K, having a similar TDP of 88W and HD 4600 graphics clocked at 1250 MHz. The price specified or this Haswell Refresh i5 is stated to be around $249.99.

The roadmap also seems to confirm the Haswell-E shipping date, planned for September 2014. The Haswell-E is dubbed the true HEDT platform targeted for enthusiasts and overclockers alike, featuring support for next generation 8 and 6 core SKUs based on Haswell’s 22nm architecture and also the first to support the latest DDR4 memory.

The last announcement on Intel’s roadmap features the Broadwell, which is stated to have a launch date set for late Q1 2015. Rumors also speculate of the lineup being pushed beyond the Q1 2015 date to Q2, while the Broadwell Mobility lineup is said to be coming somewhere in Q4 2014. The Broadwell lineup will be Intel’s first 14nm consumer chip heading for mobility platforms late this year and desktop platforms somewhere in the first two quarters of next year.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information
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