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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz Xeon E5-2690
Red Dead Redemption 2 9% 21%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 33% 41%
Cyberpunk 2077 23% 33%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 50% 57%
Need For Speed Heat 23% 33%
The Outer Worlds 2% 14%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2% 14%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 9% 21%
Borderlands 3 9% 21%
FIFA 20 35% 43%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Xeon E5-2690 is massively better than the Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Core i7-6700K 4-Core was released over three years more recently than the Xeon E5-2690, and so the Core i7-6700K 4-Core is likely to have far better levels of support, and will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the Xeon E5-2690 when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Xeon E5-2690 has 4 more cores than the Core i7-6700K 4-Core. 8 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Core i7-6700K 4-Core is more than enough for gaming purposes. However, if you intend on running a server with the Xeon E5-2690, it would seem to be a decent choice.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Core i7-6700K 4-Core and Xeon E5-2690 are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Core i7-6700K 4-Core has a 1.1 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the Xeon E5-2690 is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Xeon E5-2690 has a 1024 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i7-6700K 4-Core, which means that it, at worst, wins out in this area, and at best, will provide superior gaming performance and will work much better with high-end graphics cards.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

The Core i7-6700K 4-Core has a 44 Watt lower Maximum TDP than the Xeon E5-2690, and was created with a 18 nm smaller manufacturing technology. What this means is the Core i7-6700K 4-Core will consume significantly less power and consequently produce less heat, enabling more prolonged computational tasks with fewer adverse effects. This will lower your yearly electricity bill significantly, as well as prevent you from having to invest in extra cooling mechanisms (unless you overclock).

The Core i7-6700K 4-Core has an on-board GPU, which means that it will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card. The Xeon E5-2690, however, does not, and you will probably have to look for a dedicated card if you wish to use it at all.

For in-depth GPU comparisons with the HD i7 6700K, click on the following GPU overview comparison icon (visible throughout Game-Debate), and choose a GPU from the list to compare against:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU CodenameSkylake-SSandy Bridge-EP
MoBo SocketLGA 1151LGA 2011/Socket R
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date05 Aug 201506 Mar 2012
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs8
CPU Threads8vs-
Clock Speed4 GHzvs2.9 GHz
Turbo Frequency4.2 GHzvs-
Max TDP91 Wvs135 W
Lithography14 nmvs32 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs512 KB
L2 Cache Size1024 KBvs2048 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs20 MB
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Memory Channels-vs-
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsHD i7 6700Kno
Base GPU Frequency350 MHzvs-
Max GPU Frequency1150 MHzvs-
DirectX12.0vs-
Displays Supported-vs-
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Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewCore i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz is a high-end CPU based on the 14nm, Skylake MicroArchitecture.

It offers 4 Physical Cores (8 Logical), initially clocked at 4.0GHz, which may go up to 4.2GHz and 8MB of L3 Cache.
Among its many features, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost 2.0 and Virtualization are activated and the processor has its multiplier unlocked.

The processor integrates Powerful Graphics called HD i7 6700K, with 24 Execution Units, initially clocked at 350MHz and that go up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode which share the L2 Cache and system RAM with the processor.
Both the processor and integrated graphics have a rated board TDP of 91W.

Its performance is exceptionally good and enough for even the most demanding applications.
Intel's Xeon E5-2690, as of September 2012, is the best of the Sandy Bridge-EP family of server processors. Sporting 8 cores, clocked at 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 3.8 GHz, as well as Intel's Hyperthreading technology, and 20MB of L3 cache, Xeon E5-2690 is best suited for extreme workloads beyond the realm of gaming.

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