Skylake: Intel's Core i7-6700K And i5-6600K

Results: Desktop Publishing And Multimedia

Adobe CC

We’re using Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, all of which are included in Adobe’s CC package, as well as PCMark 8 Professional to control the workloads. The details of each benchmark are available in the table below.

The storage subsystem and background processes influence the benchmark results, since they include opening and closing each application, as well as loading and saving files. For this reason, PCMark 8 natively reports back the geometric mean of three benchmark trials (GEOMEAN).

In stark contrast to our other benchmarks, we noticed significant performance differences between Windows 8.1 and 10. Consequently, wherever these differences were significantly above the margin of measurement error, we included both results in our graphs. And of course, we're using the most up-to-date drivers available for each platform.

Adobe Photoshop Light


PicturesFile Size
Picture Size
Source
143.9 to 17.6MB2500x1677
6048x4032
Target
14388 to 778KB1200x800
Actions
- Start Application and Load Data File
- Change Color Balance
- Add Auto Level
- Adjust Shadows and Glare
- Downscale with Bicubic Interpolation
- Compute and Add Unsharp Mask
- Save Results in Files and Close Application


Adobe Photoshop Heavy


File Size
Picture Size
Resolution
Layer
Source PSD
113MB5184x7744
300 DPI  
1
PSD Export
1320MB7000x10457
300 DPI 4
TIFF Export
476MB7000x10457
300 DPI
None
JPEG Export
177KB1000x1494
300 DPINone
Actions
- Start Application and Load PSD File
- Upscale with Bicubic Interpolation
- Change Color Depth to 16-bit per Channel
- Create Color Range and Copy to New Layer
- Merge Two Picture Layers and Insert as New Layer in Front
- Compute and Add Unsharp Mask to this Foreground Layer
- Create and Delete Elliptical Selection in this Layer
- Merge All Layers into One Layer
- Add Gaussian Blur
- Add and Delete Gradient Mask
- Decrease Layer's Opacity
- Export File to PSD, TIFF and JPEG
- Flatten Picture and Downscale with Bicubic Interpolation
- Compute and Add Unsharp Mask
- Export as JPEG and Close Application


Adobe InDesign


File Size
Pages
Pictures
Source File
385MB40
42
Target File
378MB40
40
PDF Export64.7MB40
40
Actions
- Start Application and Load Data File
- Change Picture Size and Reposition Pictures
- Add Colored Rectangle as Decorative Element
- Change Border Settings
- Insert Text
- Save Document as New File
- Export as PDF File and Close Application


Adobe Illustrator


Original File
Saved File
Exported PDF
File
733KB6.2MB
5.6MB
Actions
- Start Application and Load Data File
- Change Picture Sizes and Reposition Pictures
- Add Translucent Filled Rectangle for Color Effect
- Vectorize Pictures in Document
- Add Text Fields, Lines, Rectangles, Ellipses, Stars and Spines
- Save the Documents in a New File
- Export as PDF
- Close Document and Application


Intel’s Skylake CPUs show much-improved performance under Windows 10 in some applications compared to both their competitors and their own Windows 8.1 performance. We’ll certainly look into this more in the future, since some of the gains are massive. Why AMD’s A10-7850K does so well with Illustrator also remains a mystery to us. We repeated the benchmark with the same results.

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  • vertexx
    Why no discrete graphics tests?
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  • stairmand
    Quote:
    Still 4 cores.... Im sticking to my Q6600.


    Then you really are missing out, 4 cores or not a current i5 (let alone an i7) will simply destroy the old Q6600 C2Q. It was great in the day but it's very old hat now and the lack of features on the board worse still.
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  • karab
    Quote:
    Still 4 cores.... Im sticking to my Q6600.


    This is a good joke. You are a funny person.
    16
  • Other Comments
  • rantoc
    Yawn... its easy to see that intel have to little competition, they have stagnated in the cpu performance department!
    11
  • daniel266
    Can we have comparisons of rendering software using win 8.1 and win 10 ??
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  • cats_Paw
    Still 4 cores.... Im sticking to my Q6600.
    -22
  • Vlad Rose
    What the heck Intel? So, you provide great integrated graphics into Broadwell, then nerf it for Skylake? I guess you had to find a way to help sell your 'paper launch' of Broadwell. I really hope Xen makes you guys wake up; although it more than likely won't.
    6
  • Bartendalot
    At least Skylake HEDT should be powerful. Unless DX12 pulls a rabbit out of a hat, this doesn't look promising for anyone who has Sandy or higher.
    3
  • stairmand
    Quote:
    Still 4 cores.... Im sticking to my Q6600.


    Then you really are missing out, 4 cores or not a current i5 (let alone an i7) will simply destroy the old Q6600 C2Q. It was great in the day but it's very old hat now and the lack of features on the board worse still.
    18
  • salgado18
    Quote:
    Still 4 cores.... Im sticking to my Q6600.

    You do know that your Q6600 is astronomically slower than Skylake in every single department, right? By your logic, the Phenom II X6 is better than the i7 6700K.

    I think you should consider upgrading. You won't regret, promise.
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  • salgado18
    Quote:
    What the heck Intel? So, you provide great integrated graphics into Broadwell, then nerf it for Skylake? I guess you had to find a way to help sell your 'paper launch' of Broadwell. I really hope Xen makes you guys wake up; although it more than likely won't.

    Do you mean Shen, from LoL? Or Zen? XD

    I believe the cost of the integrated memory chips would make these processors too expensive and niche to be viable products.
    2
  • Lmah
    Good upgrade for 1st Gen i5/i7 users. Though I think they targeted it at the 2nd Gen i5/i7 users, doesn't seem like a huge improvement for them though.
    1
  • vertexx
    Why no discrete graphics tests?
    22
  • Cryio
    Skylake, the 1st worthy upgrade for Sandy Bridge users. If average IPC improvements from Sandy to Broadwell are ~13%, Skylake should make this difference even higher. Lower power usage, same OC ability or higher and we have a winner.
    0
  • Vlad Rose
    Anonymous said:
    Quote:
    What the heck Intel? So, you provide great integrated graphics into Broadwell, then nerf it for Skylake? I guess you had to find a way to help sell your 'paper launch' of Broadwell. I really hope Xen makes you guys wake up; although it more than likely won't.

    Do you mean Shen, from LoL? Or Zen? XD

    I believe the cost of the integrated memory chips would make these processors too expensive and niche to be viable products.


    Xen- AMD's next generation CPU.
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  • logainofhades
    Anonymous said:

    Xen- AMD's next generation CPU.


    It is Zen, not Xen.

    I am not all that impressed, really. I see no real reason to upgrade from my 3570k. Taking a step backwards, on the IGP, makes 0 sense, also.
    10
  • Yuka
    Quote:
    Anonymous said:

    Xen- AMD's next generation CPU.


    It is Zen, not Xen.

    I am not all that impressed, really. I see no real reason to upgrade from my 3570k. Taking a step backwards, on the IGP, makes 0 sense, also.


    I disagree completely in the iGPU part. You don't need every generation of mainstream CPUs to have performance improvements so massive in terms of iGPU. Intel still has a lot of work to do driver wise and pulling better and better hardware doesn't put them in a better position.

    Plus, a better iGPU means less actual CPU. If you ask me, I think this OC is possible because they held back on iGPU and process maturity helped a lot.

    Cheers!
    0
  • karab
    Quote:
    Still 4 cores.... Im sticking to my Q6600.


    This is a good joke. You are a funny person.
    16
  • ubercake
    Quote:
    Anonymous said:

    Xen- AMD's next generation CPU.


    It is Zen, not Xen.

    I am not all that impressed, really. I see no real reason to upgrade from my 3570k. Taking a step backwards, on the IGP, makes 0 sense, also.


    I know. I keep waiting for a reason to upgrade my 3930K setup and this is yet another gen I won't bother with. I thought they'd at least start giving us 6 cores standard with this gen. Not so.
    4
  • Math Geek
    i like the pricing for the chips which is basically the same as current 5th gen i5/i7. too bad the new mobo and ddr4 ram will drive the total cost way skyward in the beginning. can't wait for those prices to drop and match current ddr3 and z97 mobo's. then we're talking a bit better.

    and why the hate on the igp? the AMD apu's have had a solid igp for a long time now yet all they get is hate since "no gamer uses an igp anyway" so now intel gets the igp hate as if folks will use it? so gamer will use the intel igp but not the amd one? come on folks can we at least be marginally consistent with the hate?? do gamers/enthusiasts care about igp or not?

    i'm more confused than a hungry baby in a strip club!!
    9
  • royalcrown
    I do like the platform upgrades, specifically thunderbolt and new USB speeds. We just need more stuff that would use them. As far as the CPU, not so excited, like most of you.

    How many would upgrade if there was lots of thunderbolt and USB peripherals, and they weren't stupidly expensive ?
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  • xenol
    I'm not bummed about the IGPU taken a step back because for the most part, most people who buy one of these aren't going to use it anyway. Unless Intel and others have finally implemented desktop switchable graphics.
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  • wtfxxxgp
    I don't understand the negativity. It's brand new. Even the mobos and memory will be fresh and new. I honestly think that Intel still has a sucker-punch waiting to be revealed depending on what Zen is capable of. Why bring out your very best when mediocre is enough to beat your closest competitor, after all? It's far more lucrative to keep providing small incremental updates and charge a premium for every iteration than it is to say wham-bam and provide the masses with your very best effort and then have to charge a massive premium for it. I say be happy, every new bit of tech comes with advantages. I AM disappointed about the IGP though. These days I find myself playing MOBA games that don't require a lot of muscle - I'd love it if I could get a brilliant CPU and more than adequate IGP without having to shell out more money for a discrete GPU. I hope they do release something more top tier in both areas on the same CPU - I'll definitely purchase something like that.
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