Average Bench: 100% (14th of 1110)

Based on 2,465 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 0.0% 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 Integer Speed 1,137Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,316Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6900K is 28.4%. 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 111Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 118Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,465 samples)
Min Avg Max
89.9 SC Int 111 131
101 SC Float 123 144
95.9 SC Mixed 118 137
93.9% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
386 QC Int 452 519
424 QC Float 501 574
400 QC Mixed 477 547
108% 477 Pts
Min Avg Max
965 MC Int 1,137 1,307
1,125 MC Float 1,316 1,515
1,043 MC Mixed 1,233 1,421
184% 1,229 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 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 131
SC Float 145
SC Mixed 136
110% 137 Pts
QC Int 522
QC Float 566
QC Mixed 538
123% 542 Pts
MC Int 1,310
MC Float 1,528
MC Mixed 1,432
213% 1,424 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 128
SC Float 142
SC Mixed 135
108% 135 Pts
QC Int 495
QC Float 568
QC Mixed 539
121% 534 Pts
MC Int 1,290
MC Float 1,487
MC Mixed 1,394
208% 1,391 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 104
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 102
86% 108 Pts
QC Int 407
QC Float 456
QC Mixed 433
98% 432 Pts
MC Int 1,040
MC Float 1,192
MC Mixed 1,121
167% 1,118 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,314,735 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1100 @ launch in Jun '16
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Typical Core i7-6900K Builds (Compare 2,570 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 114%
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Desktop 118%
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Workstation
Workstation 121%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $480

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 80% - Very good Total price: $2,610

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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.

Poor

12 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

8 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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