i5-6600K Versus i7-6700K for Photoshop?

The tests tell me that photoshop is not sufficiently multithreaded to take advantage of the added hyperthreads that the i7 offers.
I think for your app, the i5 will be equally good. The i5 and i7 can both be overclocked to similar levels.
Spend the $100 saved for extra ram which photoshop can use as workspace in lieu of the hard drive.
That will get you 32gb instead of 16gb.
 

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I use Photoshop a lot, and I've learned that you can have the oldest cpu out there and still get great performance. But--- with anything with less than 16gb of RAM. It just sucks the life out of the computer. Especially with all the history, and layers one might use.
I'm about to build a 5820K setup with 32gb of ram. the 5820K is for workstation builds, and can handle itself quite well. I don't think you need to spend too much on an Intel Skylake, as it gives minimal performance upgrades compared to the 5820K.

My build is for a 3D rendering/ Graphic design heavy use. So if you'll only be using Photoshop and say AI... I'd save the money for later. Get better RAM, and a 5820K, and since you're already considering the Skylake, I don't think the 5820K is out of the question.
 


Unless something has changed, Photoshop has been very CPU intensive in the past. Of course, adequate RAM is very important too. That's why I'm surprised by this z170 benchmark.
 
The tests tell me that photoshop is not sufficiently multithreaded to take advantage of the added hyperthreads that the i7 offers.
I think for your app, the i5 will be equally good. The i5 and i7 can both be overclocked to similar levels.
Spend the $100 saved for extra ram which photoshop can use as workspace in lieu of the hard drive.
That will get you 32gb instead of 16gb.
 

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Agreed, a strong cpu helps but ram and storage setup is also important. As with anything, no one component makes the system it's a sum of the parts working together. For moderate to heavy photoshop/illustrator use you'll want at least 16gb of ram. Like 0nard00 mentioned, under 16gb it does suck the life out of the pc as it runs out of ram quickly and begins hitting the swap file a lot. The 5820k would be my choice as well since it's not even $10 more than the 6700k and you get quad channel ddr4 vs dual channel, 15mb of cache rather than 8mb and 6c12t vs 4c8t. Right now the 6700k is one of the worst values and the premium price for z170 motherboards makes x99's look much more attractive.

Consider a 3 drive setup, a 240gb ssd for your boot/os/programs, a 60-120gb ssd (inexpensive) for your scratch drive and 1-2 tb hdd for file storage and your destination drive for output files.
 


That makes sense, yet you would think that the base clock frequency of 4.0 of the 6700k would show some improvement over the 3.5 base clock of the 6600k (and turbo of 4.2 versus 3.9). I'd already planned on 32GB of RAM.
 

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have you built your 5820k setup yet? I too work a lot in photoshop and was aiming for the 5820k, but just can't make up my mind now :??:
 


Don't consider the 5820k unless you plan to overclock. Having fast cores is the most important. Some of the Lightroom tasks will benefit from extra cores if you use that program. The i7 6700k (and presumably the i5 6600k) does show some performance advantage in Photoshop over the Haswell 4790k (and presumably the 5820k).

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Haswell-vs-Skylake-S-i7-4790K-vs-i7-6700K-641/

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Photoshop-CC-Multi-Core-Performance-625/
 

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I do plan on overclocking. I work most of my time in photoshop. But i do some video editing, that's why i was aiming for the 5820k. Not sure how well 6700k does with rendering in video editing.
 


An overclocked 5820K will be a good choice for video editing.

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-Premiere-Pro-CC-Multi-Core-Performance-698/

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-After-Effects-CC-2015-Multi-Core-Performance-714/

https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Adobe-After-Effects-CC-2014-Multi-Core-Performance-716/
 

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I didnt get the 5820K...I went with 6700K. Even tho 5820K has more cores and threads PS cant take advantage of them. read some article, I'll try and post it when I get a chance
 

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Ok thanks
 

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