Intel i3 6300T and 6320 Skylake Review

Conclusion

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

Conclusion

Does the old OC3D adage that you're better off spending a fortune on your GPU if you're mainly going to game hold true? Unquestionably.

The new Skylake chipset is positively bristling with desirable features from the support from the immense bandwidth and speeds of DDR4, to the equally impressive capabilities of USB 3.1. Like most new chipsets they require a new processor, and this is usually the sticking point of an upgrade. You want the modern technologies, but don't want to spend the earth having to obtain them. That is the basis of why we say you need to set aside the majority of your budget for graphics, because that is a transferable piece of hardware much like a golden PSU.

The object though is to see whether the new Core i3 CPUs had enough performance to produce usable gaming frame rates whilst retaining the affordability and well-roundedness that might otherwise stop you upgrading. Obviously nobody would intend to form the next Pixar, or have a Core i3 at the heart of an HD editing suite and the results we obtained backs this up. Both the i3-6300T and i3-6320 are not terrible by any stretch, but neither are they such calculation powerhouses that you're making the best of them by utilising them in that manner. One of our favourite "old" processors was the Pentium Anniversary edition, and these two i3s steal a march on it in nearly every test, despite having no overclocking capabilities.

Once we move from synthetic benchmarks into the avenues of real-world usage it becomes clear that both of these CPUs might be dual-core but they combine beautifully with the rest of our hardware to give surprising responsiveness. When you consider the other options in our graph are all based around the quadcore/octothread i7-6700K, a CPU that's easily more than double the price of either of these two i3s, then the ability of these little dual-core offerings is even more impressive.

Gaming is absolutely the star of the show though. At lower resolutions the GPU is idle enough that a better CPU makes a difference, but once you move into the realms of 1080P with a little anti-aliasing it's obvious that there is nothing to choose between the stock 3.2GHz Core i3-6300T and a 4.8GHz Core i7-6700K. We don't mean "nothing much considering the price", we mean nothing. At all. So if gaming is the main area of use for your home computer, with some light every day tasks mixed in, you'd be foolish to spend more than you have to just so that the specifications read better than the actual results. These Intel Core i3s are both brilliant processors with plenty of performance at an affordable price, and both win our OC3D Value For Money awards.

Thanks to Intel for enabling the Core i3 6300T and Core i3 6320 review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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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
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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
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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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