Average Bench: 111% - 1st / 934

Based on 539 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000406F1 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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Poor: 95%Average: 111% Great: 128%
Gaming
Gaming 111%
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Desktop
Desktop 97%
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Workstation
Workstation 106%
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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-6900K averaged 10.7% higher 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 1,302Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,106Pts
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Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6900K is 32.6%. 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 107Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 114Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 539 samples)
Min Avg Max
87.4 SC Int 107 128
96.9 SC Float 121 143
91.8 SC Mixed 114 135
91.2% 114 Pts
Min Avg Max
364 QC Int 440 514
415 QC Float 492 573
395 QC Mixed 467 542
106% 466 Pts
Min Avg Max
943 MC Int 1,106 1,292
1,114 MC Float 1,302 1,513
1,046 MC Mixed 1,223 1,424
181% 1,210 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 121
SC Float 144
SC Mixed 134
106% 133 Pts
QC Int 517
QC Float 562
QC Mixed 538
122% 539 Pts
MC Int 1,317
MC Float 1,459
MC Mixed 1,393
208% 1,390 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 89.5
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 105
83% 104 Pts
QC Int 521
QC Float 575
QC Mixed 546
124% 547 Pts
MC Int 1,312
MC Float 1,507
MC Mixed 1,430
212% 1,416 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 122
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 128
102% 128 Pts
QC Int 489
QC Float 533
QC Mixed 509
116% 510 Pts
MC Int 1,240
MC Float 1,417
MC Mixed 1335
199% 1,331 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 106
SC Float 115
SC Mixed 110
88% 110 Pts
QC Int 419
QC Float 456
QC Mixed 437
99% 437 Pts
MC Int 1,050
MC Float 1,206
MC Mixed 1119
168% 1,125 Pts

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,606,311 CPUs tested.

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Desktop 123%
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Workstation 125%
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Motherboard: Asus X99-DELUXE II - $400

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 99% - Outstanding Total price: $2,283

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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

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Excellent

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


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