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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R7 7860K HD i7 6700K
Red Dead Redemption 2 515% 664%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 515% 664%
Halo: Reach 95% 143%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 745% 950%
Cyberpunk 2077 745% 950%
Borderlands 3 549% 707%
FIFA 20 228% 307%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 608% 780%
eFootball PES 2020 320% 421%
Detroit: Become Human 831% 1057%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R7 7860K are noticeably better than the Intel HD i7 6700K.

The Radeon R7 7860K has a 407 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 6700K. This results in the Radeon R7 7860K providing 18.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon R7 7860K has a 407 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD i7 6700K and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon R7 7860K providing 3.3 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The Radeon R7 7860K was released less than a year after the HD i7 6700K, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The Radeon R7 7860K and the HD i7 6700K have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the Radeon R7 7860K and the HD i7 6700K are the same, which means the Radeon R7 7860K and the HD i7 6700K have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The Radeon R7 7860K has 512 Shader Processing Units and the HD i7 6700K has 24. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon R7 7860K is 252 and the actual shader performance of the HD i7 6700K is 221. The Radeon R7 7860K having 31 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Radeon R7 7860K delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i7 6700K.

The HD i7 6700K transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon R7 7860K. This means that the HD i7 6700K is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon R7 7860K.

The Radeon R7 7860K requires 65 Watts to run and the HD i7 6700K requires 91 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the Radeon R7 7860K and a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 6700K. The HD i7 6700K requires 26 Watts more than the Radeon R7 7860K to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD i7 6700K to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon R7 7860K.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed757 MHzvs350 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1150 MHz
ArchitectureKaveri SpectreSkylake GT2-R0
OC Potential None vs None
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date02 Feb 2016vs05 Aug 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
1920x1080 - vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory Speed1067 MHzvs1067 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR4
Memory Bandwidth34.1GB/secvs34.1GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs24
Actual Shader Performance12%vs11%
Texture Mapping Units32vs16
Texture Rate24.2 GTexel/svs5.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units8vs8
Pixel Rate6.1 GPixel/svs2.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power65 Wattsvs91 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs300 Watts & 20 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.3vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD APU A10-7860K Quad-CorevsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R7 7860K is an integrated Graphics Card in the APU A10-7860K.

It is based on the Graphics Core Next Architecture and offers 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The memory bus-width will depend on whether or not the system's RAM is dual-channeled and the operating memory clock, on its frequency. Thus, it can be either 64-bit or 128-bit and up to 1067MHz.
The Graphics Card also shares the processor's L2 Cache of 4MB, reducing the impact of its low memory bandwidth.

Overall, the Graphics Card's performance depends a lot on the system configuration. Best case scenario, expect performance superior to Intel's powerful Iris Pro Graphics 5200 and almost similar to the dedicated Radeon HD 7750.
The card is thus suited for 720p gaming and most modern demanding games can be played at least on medium settings.
Intel HD i7 6700K is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 530 Desktop that is integrated in the Core i7-6700K Processor.

The Skylake Core includes support for DirectX 12.1, OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.4. Additionally, it also supports DDR4 Memory.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GT2 which offers 24 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 350MHz and goes up to 1150MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU Shares the System's RAM which varies from laptop to laptop. Typically, the GPU reserves 1.7GB. Depending on whether or not the system's RAM is Dual-Channeled, it can access either a 64-bit or 128-bit memory interface. The operating memory clock also depends on the at which speed the System's RAM is running and is limited by the highest operating speed that the Processor supports. In this case, it is 1067MHz.
It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance almost on level with a dedicated GeForce 920M.

System Suggestions
Intel HD i7 6700K is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1366x768. We recommend a Decent Processor and 4GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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