Average Bench: 99.9% (13th of 980)

Based on 2,161 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 0.1% 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 1,311Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6900K is 27.6%. 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 112Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 117Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,161 samples)
Min Avg Max
90 SC Int 112 130
103 SC Float 123 144
96.7 SC Mixed 117 137
94% 117 Pts
Min Avg Max
382 QC Int 452 519
433 QC Float 502 574
412 QC Mixed 477 547
108% 477 Pts
Min Avg Max
975 MC Int 1,137 1,309
1,134 MC Float 1,311 1,513
1,064 MC Mixed 1,231 1,415
183% 1,226 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 4.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.4
SC Float 131
SC Mixed 140
97% 122 Pts
QC Int 507
QC Float 503
QC Mixed 549
118% 520 Pts
MC Int 1,262
MC Float 1,452
MC Mixed 1,340
202% 1,352 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 126
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 476
QC Float 527
QC Mixed 489
113% 498 Pts
MC Int 1,201
MC Float 1,383
MC Mixed 1,290
193% 1,292 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 124
SC Mixed 117
94% 117 Pts
QC Int 461
QC Float 512
QC Mixed 486
110% 486 Pts
MC Int 1,127
MC Float 1,310
MC Mixed 1,220
182% 1,219 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 120
SC Mixed 116
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 417
QC Float 463
QC Mixed 438
100% 439 Pts
MC Int 1,052
MC Float 1,217
MC Mixed 1,142
170% 1,137 Pts
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Typical Core i7-6900K Builds (Compare 1,816 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Desktop 119%
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Workstation 121%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $485

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 83% - Excellent Total price: $2,505

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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 18 months ago.

Good

18 months ago.


Good

5 months ago.

WOW the best


Poor

5 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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