Average Bench: 103% (1st of 956)

Based on 822 user benchmarks.  Device: BFEBFBFF000406F1 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6950X CPU @ 3.00GHz

The Core i7-6950X is Intel’s new top of the range prosumer CPU. This flagship model has a whopping ten cores with base and turbo frequencies of 3.0 and 4.0 GHz respectively. The 6950X is based on the 14 nm Broadwell-E architecture. It has a TDP of 140 watts, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes and no integrated graphics. Because of its ridiculously high MSRP of around $2,000, this CPU only makes sense for very niche use cases which could include top end graphics design or video production workstations. Comparing the 6950X and 6700K shows that for typical desktop use the 6950X only offers a gain of around 20% for a whopping 6 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 6950X. That said, if you want the most powerful desktop processor money can buy, then the 6950X hits the spot. [Jun '16 CPUPro]

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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 2.8% higher than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-6950X near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Multi Core Integer Speed 1,415Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,621Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 34.9%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6950X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 111Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 116Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 822 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.5 SC Int 111 132
92.9 SC Float 121 144
89.4 SC Mixed 116 137
93% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
365 QC Int 448 527
407 QC Float 494 576
385 QC Mixed 470 549
107% 471 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,209 MC Int 1,415 1,642
1,373 MC Float 1,621 1,879
1,288 MC Mixed 1,528 1,772
227% 1,521 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 134
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 514
QC Float 564
QC Mixed 535
122% 538 Pts
MC Int 1614
MC Float 1,848
MC Mixed 1,738
259% 1,733 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
SC Int 121
SC Float 136
SC Mixed 109
98% 122 Pts
QC Int 491
QC Float 560
QC Mixed 534
120% 528 Pts
MC Int 1,618
MC Float 1,844
MC Mixed 1,752
260% 1,738 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 125
100% 126 Pts
QC Int 479
QC Float 508
QC Mixed 500
112% 496 Pts
MC Int 1,492
MC Float 1728
MC Mixed 1,594
240% 1,605 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 124
97% 122 Pts
QC Int 478
QC Float 520
QC Mixed 498
113% 498 Pts
MC Int 1,464
MC Float 1,667
MC Mixed 1,594
235% 1,575 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 107
87% 108 Pts
QC Int 415
QC Float 454
QC Mixed 436
99% 435 Pts
MC Int 1,314
MC Float 1,510
MC Mixed 1,412
211% 1,412 Pts
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 972 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 117%
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Desktop 124%
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Workstation
Workstation 128%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $561

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $3,057

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition (25M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
Code NameBroadwell E
Launch DateQ2'16
Processor Numberi7-6950X
# of Cores10
# of Threads20
Cache25 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3 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 10 months ago.

Poor

2 days ago.

lol


Good

10 months ago.


Good

1 month ago.

Its a good CPU, but not worth it for the price, is not much better than the 6700k or the 4770k i7.


Good

5 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

21 days ago.

The Best Processor of all. The CPU Number 1 in the World.


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