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Intel Skylake i5-6500, i5-6400 & i3-6100 Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: February 21, 2016
Product Name: i5-6500, i5-6400 & i3-6100
Part Number: BX80662I56500 / BX80662I56400 / BX80662I36100
Warranty: 3 Years
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Test Setups & Methodology


For this review, we have prepared a number of different test setups, representing many of the popular platforms at the moment. As much as possible, the test setups feature identical components, memory timings, drivers, etc. Aside from manually selecting memory frequencies and timings, every option in the BIOS was at its default setting.


For all of the benchmarks, appropriate lengths are taken to ensure an equal comparison through methodical setup, installation, and testing. The following outlines our testing methodology:

A) Windows is installed using a full format.

B) Chipset drivers and accessory hardware drivers (audio, network, GPU) are installed.

C)To ensure consistent results, a few tweaks are applied to Windows 8.1 and the NVIDIA control panel:
  • UAC Disabled
  • Indexing Disabled
  • Superfetch Disabled
  • System Protection/Restore Disabled
  • Problem & Error Reporting Disabled
  • Remote Desktop/Assistance - Disabled
  • Windows Security Center Alerts Disabled
  • Windows Defender Disabled
  • Screensaver Disabled
  • Power Plan High Performance
  • V-Sync Off

D) Windows updates are then completed installing all available updates

E) All programs are installed and then updated.

F) Benchmarks are each run three to eight times, and unless otherwise stated, the results are then averaged.

G) All processors had their energy saving options / c-states enabled
 
 
 

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