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Intel Core i7-6850K vs Intel Core i5-8600K gaming benchmark

Intel Core i7-6850K vs Intel Core i5-8600K

Processor comparisons   19-02-2022
   Let's say you can't decide which CPU to buy, you can make a decision after reading the full tests Intel Core i7-6850K vs Intel Core i5-8600K and see which is better for games or simple use for machine learning, video editing, streaming, rendering, programming. Here you can find all information from real streaming and video editing tests or different benchmarks. A step-by-step analysis of all the technical characteristics, to make it easier to read, is presented in the form of the table.
   From the video comparison, you can get the results of joint testing in synthetic type tests like AIDA64, Cinebench 23 (20, 15), 7zip, PCMark 10, UserBenchmark, Gears 5, World of Tanks enCore Benchmark, RealBench, WPrime, MATLAB, PassMark, SuperPi, Prime95, 3DMark, VeraCrypt, Blender, Handbrake, Furmark, DaVinci Resolve Studio, Geekbench 5.2, Blender, Dolphin Emulator.
   Gaming performance of processors in:
  • Halo Infinite
  • Valheim
  • Last Man Standing
  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla
  • Watch Dogs Legion
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • Valorant
  • Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare
  • Overwatch
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Fortnite
  • Apex Legends
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • DOOM: Eternal
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Death Stranding
  • Borderlands 3
  • World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
  • Fallout 76

   After reading the results of joint benchmarks and videos, you can already make an informed decision about which processor is better to buy for gaming Intel Core i5-8600K or Intel Core i7-6850K.

 
Intel Core i7-6850K
Intel Core i5-8600K

Summary benchmark results

As a percentage of the maximum value based on a sample from the entire base of all processors

Processor Benchmark
Core i7-6850K56% Core i5-8600K55%
This shows the performance of the processors in single-threaded and multi-threaded mode. In this comparison, Core i7-6850K is 1% better than Core i5-8600K. The data source is several popular tests. More detailed information of the benchmarks is below.

Gaming performance
Summary result of all game benchmarks.
Core i7-6850K56% Core i5-8600K55%
For the maximum in this test, the results of the most powerful processor in the site database are taken. And of course, this is a server processor, on which no one will play games. Because this processor costs several tens of thousands of dollars. And if it seems to you that the selected CPU has a little game result, look at the FPS that it produces in real games in the summary table below.
List of other games in which CPU comparisons were performed: League of Legends (LOL), Ghostrunner, Monster Hunter World, Forza Horizon 4, Hitman 3, Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Metro Exodus, Control, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Half-Life: Alyx, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS GO), NBA 2K20, Microsoft Flight Simulator, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG), DOTA 2A, Horizon Zero Dawn.

Gaming benchmark

Fortnite99.096.9
Valorant112.5110.1
Cyberpunk 207763.061.7
Apex Legends105.7103.5
Call of Duty Warzone84.482.6
Overwatch91.189.2
Red Dead Redemption 277.676.0
DOOM Eternal56.255.1
Warzone87.785.9
Assassin's Creed94.592.5
Valheim93.491.4
The numbers in this table indicate the maximum FPS that was received on the device with the corresponding processor. Depending on the configuration of the computer (RAM size and Video Card) and graphics quality settings (Ultra, Medium, Normal), the results may differ quite significantly. We recommend that you better study the results of the Cinebench, GeekBench and Passmark becnmarks.
The tested computers not only did they have different amounts of RAM and different video cards. But users also tested them at different screen resolutions: 2K, FullHD or 4K. So the game benchmark data is approximate. But all video cards met the average system requirements of games. To be sure exactly how much performance the processor will be in games, if you compare it in one assembly with the video card that is installed in your computer.


Power consumption
Core i7-6850K28% Core i5-8600K41%
To make a final decision on which processor is better, you should also consider the generation of its core. It is clear that the newer the generation, the better the performance of the processor in games and benchmarks, as well as its energy efficiency. In this case the Core i5-8600K is more energy efficient than the Core i7-6850K as it consumes less power: 140W vs. 95W. Power consumption is particularly important for laptops. And TDP should be taken into account when choosing a processor cooling system. You need to buy a cooler that has the TDP data specified in the specification was greater than the TDP of the compared processor.


Software benchmarks

For example you want to use the processor not only for gaming, but also for programming, video editing or video rendering, machine learning, streaming, then the main parameter for you is its performance in multi-threaded mode. In this mode, the CPU uses all threads and cores that it has to the maximum to reach maximum performance. You will find out this data from the benchmark tables below. Before you take into account the data from these tests, be sure to check whether the program you are going to use on your computer supports multi-threaded mode. Because there are still many programs that can use only one core to work, and all the benefit of multi-core mode turns out to be unnecessary.
Cinebench 23, 20 an 15
The results of this benchmark show Single-threaded and Multi-threaded CPU performance
Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i5-8600K
Cinbench 15 Single-core182183
Cinbench 15 Multi-core11691040
Cinbench 20 Single-core436406
Cinbench 20 Multi-core26252181
Cinbench 23 Single-core11011318
Cinbench 23 Multi-core68387339

Passmark
This popular benchmark displays Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i5-8600K
Single-Core24372600
Multi-Core1119210237

GeekBench 5.2
This benchmark shows Multi-threaded and Single-threaded processor performance
Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i5-8600K
Single-Core12001191
Multi-Core71135753

Comparison of specifications

In the specification comparison table, the most helpful will be the the possibility of overclocking it and release date of the processor. The later the processor is released, the longer it will last in your computer. And the easier it will be to upgrade the system later. The same can be said about overclocking. When the processor can be overclocked, increasing its performance, then it will continue to maintain maximum FPS even in the newest games. The savings are obvious! It turns out that you do not need to buy a new CPU to enjoy the games any longer.

Intel Core i7-6850K Intel Core i5-8600K
Announcement dateJune 13, 2016October 12, 2017
TypeDesktopDesktop
SocketFCLGA2011-3FCLGA1151
Core nameBroadwell ECoffee Lake
Architecturex86x86
Generation68
Turbo Frequency3.8 MHz4.3 MHz
Frequency3.6 MHz3.6 MHz
Cores66
Threads126
Bus rate8 GT/s
Bit6464
Lithography14 nm14 nm
Transistors count2800 millions2460 millions
Power consumption (TDP)140 W95 W
Memory typeDDR4 2400/2133DDR4-2666
Max. Memory128 Gb128 Gb
Memory Frequency
Memory bandwidth41.6 GB/s
L1 cache
L2 cache
L3 cache15 MB9 MB
OverclockingNoNo
Supports ECCNoNo
Part numberExpansion Options
In this comparison block, you should pay attention to the differences in clock speed and the number of cores. Also keep in mind that high CPU frequency affects battery life through power consumption (relevant for laptops).

Result:
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i7-6850K is better: 19
The number of parameters for which Intel Core i5-8600K is better: 11
   Although it should be realized that the summary data in the text above do not mean that taking them into account you should totally trust a simple comparison of these figures. Be sure to watch benchmarks video and read the reviews of of people who bought Intel Core i7-6850K and Intel Core i5-8600K before making a selection which CPU to buy for gaming and which not.
•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score


Versus Battle of the Processors
• Vs Ryzen 5 3500
• Vs Ryzen 5 PRO 4650U
• Vs Ryzen 3 3300X
• Vs Core i7-9700E
• Vs Core i7-10850H
• Vs Core i7-5960X
• Vs Core i7-7800X
• Vs Core i7-10750H
• Vs Core i5-10400F
• Vs Core i7-8700B
• Vs Core i5-10400

•  Cinebench r15 score
•  Cinebench r20 score
•  Cinebench r23 score
•  GeekBench 5 score


Versus Battle of the Processors
• Vs Core i7-9850H
• Vs Core i7-9750HF
• Vs Ryzen 3 4300G
• Vs Core i5-1140G7
• Vs Core i7-1185G7
• Vs Ryzen 3 PRO 4350GE
• Vs Core i7-1160G7
• Vs Ryzen 5 4500U
• Vs Core i7-9750H
• Vs Ryzen 3 PRO 4200GE
• Vs Ryzen 3 PRO 4350G
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