Intel i3 6300T and 6320 Skylake Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Intel Core i3-6300T and Core i3-6320 Review

Introduction

Budgetary constraints are something which we all have to deal with, especially as PC Hardware becomes more capable and yet more expensive. 

We've often mentioned how, if money is tight, you're far better off putting the majority of your budget into your graphics card, as that will bring the most obvious rewards. Today we're putting that to the test with a look at two of Intel's new Skylake Core i3 processors paired up to our regular test bed.

Can you spend so little on your processor yet still reap the benefits of DDR4 and blazing gaming frame rates? Or is the Core i3 and modern physics intensive gaming just too much of a step down from the range-topping models to achieve smooth gaming? Let's find out.

Technical Specifications

Both of the processors on test today are Core i3 models, and both are dual-core with hyperthreading. We have the i3-6300T, a very low power offering clocked at 3.3GHz, and the i3-6320 which is still frugal on our planets resources whilst being capable of a not-inconsiderable 3.9GHz. 

Intel Core i3-6300T and Core i3-6320 Review  

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Most Recent Comments

06-11-2015, 05:41:29

Feronix
What the actual F happened to Intel prices? An i3 for €170? That's not budget at all, it's literally cheaper to buy an 8320. Used to be able to buy an i5 for that money, but now these are all over €240 including 3 gen old chips like the 3570k, that used to be the price of a low end i7 a year ago.

At least £95 in the UK still seems more reasonable, but even there prices have inflated stupid amounts.Quote

06-11-2015, 06:50:25

Warchild
Could be something to do with value of the Euro maybe?

I'm guesstimating here, but for me, since the Norwegian Kroner has crashed so bad, things are getting even more pricey then before for us. Still not as expensive as the UK though.Quote

06-11-2015, 13:02:14

dwatterworth
The increase in price is definitely in the US too. All of the Skylake SKUs seem to be around a 17%-20% price increase compared to the equivalent CPU's of generations past.
Not a huge increase for the i3 chips but the i5 and i7 chips definitely push you back to 1150. Motherboards for 1150 seem to be the things in short supply now, most of the big E-tailers are giving big discounts on 4790k chips.Quote

06-11-2015, 14:11:02

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
What the actual F happened to Intel prices? An i3 for €170? That's not budget at all, it's literally cheaper to buy an 8320. Used to be able to buy an i5 for that money, but now these are all over €240 including 3 gen old chips like the 3570k, that used to be the price of a low end i7 a year ago.

At least £95 in the UK still seems more reasonable, but even there prices have inflated stupid amounts.
And i think i'd still go for a i5 4460 and a £50 mobo over a new i3 tbh if i was tight on cash.Quote

06-11-2015, 14:23:30

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by cooperman View Post
And i think i'd still go for a i5 4460 and a £50 mobo over a new i3 tbh if i was tight on cash.
Well, with an i3 being €170 over here and pairing that up with an average low end ish €70 board that's €240 just for a low end CPU and board.

You know what else I can get for that price? An 8320E with MSI 970 Gaming motherboard and a Hyper 212 Evo. Not a difficult choice at all then is it Quote
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