Average Bench: 98.6% (17th of 1122)

Based on 2,583 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000406F1, 1FABFBFF000406F1, 0000000000000000, 0F8BFBFF000406F1, 1F8BFBFF000406F1 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6900K CPU @ 3.20GHz

The Core i7-6900K is one of four new Broadwell-E prosumer CPUs. This model has eight cores with base and turbo frequencies of 3.2 and 4.0 GHz respectively. The 6900K is based on a 14 nm architecture, it has a TDP of 140 watts, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes and no integrated graphics. Because of its MSRP of $1,100, the 6900K only makes sense for very niche use cases which include top end graphics design and video production. Comparing the 6900K and 6700K shows that for typical desktop use the 6900K only offers a gain of around 12% for a whopping three fold price increase. This is because desktop computing largely depends on single core performance and the Skylake i7-6700K is both clocked higher and has higher IPC due to its one generation lead over the 6900K. That said, as a workstation CPU the 6900K is bested only by the $2,000 flagship ten core 6950X. (6900K vs 6950X[Jun '16 CPUPro]

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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6900K averaged just 1.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-6900K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,298Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,119Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6900K is 29.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 110Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 116Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,583 samples)
Min Avg Max
89.5 SC Int 110 130
99.2 SC Float 122 143
93.5 SC Mixed 116 137
92.7% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
375 QC Int 447 519
412 QC Float 493 572
391 QC Mixed 470 548
106% 470 Pts
Min Avg Max
960 MC Int 1,119 1,306
1,123 MC Float 1,298 1,512
1,039 MC Mixed 1,215 1,419
181% 1,211 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 134
108% 135 Pts
QC Int 507
QC Float 528
QC Mixed 488
115% 508 Pts
MC Int 1,257
MC Float 1,478
MC Mixed 1,359
204% 1,365 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 105
SC Mixed 116
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 454
QC Float 483
QC Mixed 473
107% 470 Pts
MC Int 1,110
MC Float 1,294
MC Mixed 1,206
180% 1,204 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.25 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 131
SC Mixed 116
95% 119 Pts
QC Int 451
QC Float 483
QC Mixed 461
105% 465 Pts
MC Int 1106
MC Float 1,281
MC Mixed 1201
179% 1,196 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 122
SC Mixed 112
92% 114 Pts
QC Int 453
QC Float 483
QC Mixed 471
106% 469 Pts
MC Int 1067
MC Float 1,238
MC Mixed 1,156
172% 1,154 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 10,354,448 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1100 @ launch in Jun '16
BHPhotoUS $1,05010 months
NeweggUS $1,0771 month
AmazonUS $1,08511 mins
EbayUS $1,21919 mins
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Typical Core i7-6900K Builds (Compare 2,772 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 113%
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Desktop
Desktop 118%
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Workstation
Workstation 121%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $482

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $2,502

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-6900K Processor (20M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Code NameBroadwell E
Launch DateQ2'16
Processor Numberi7-6900K
# of Cores8
# of Threads16
Cache20 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.2 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency4 GHz
Scalability1S Only
Max TDP140 W

Graphics

Processor GraphicsNone

Memory

Max Memory Size128 GB
Memory TypesDDR4 2400/2133
Memory Channels4
ECC Memory SupportedNo

Expansion Options

PCI Express Revision3.0
Max # of PCI Express Lanes40

Data Protection

AES New InstructionsYes

Advanced Technologies

Turbo Boost 3.0 TechYes
Virtualization Tech (VT-x)Yes
Intel 64Yes
Idle StatesYes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® TechYes
Turbo Boost Tech2.0
Hyper-Threading TechYes
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)Yes
VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)Yes
vPro TechNo
Smart Response TechYes

Package

Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA2011-v3

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo

 Comments

Added 2 years ago.

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1 month ago.

Amazing chip!!! Worth every penny!!


Poor

14 months ago.

Paired with a 980 Ti for video editing and gaming, best experience ever. Slightly disappointed that they kept 2011-V3 though


Good

2 years ago.


Terrible

10 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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