Average Bench: 99.4% (14th of 1117)

more Based on 1,980 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000406F1, 1FABFBFF000406F1, BFEBFBFF000306A9, BFEBFBFF00020652, 178BFBFF00800F11, BFEBFBFF000506E3 Models: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6950X CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6950X CPU @ 3.99GHz, Core i7-6950X Processor Extreme Edition CPU @ 3.50 GHz

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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Poor: 84%Average: 99.4% Great: 117%
Gaming
Gaming 99%
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Desktop
Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 116%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 0.5% lower 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 Floating Point Speed 1,570Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,356Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 33.2%. 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 107Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 113Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,980 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.8 SC Int 107 128
97 SC Float 119 141
90.6 SC Mixed 113 134
90.2% 113 Pts
Min Avg Max
358 QC Int 433 512
393 QC Float 478 562
376 QC Mixed 455 536
103% 456 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,159 MC Int 1,356 1,593
1,338 MC Float 1,570 1,849
1,244 MC Mixed 1,470 1,722
219% 1,466 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 136
SC Float 147
SC Mixed 137
112% 140 Pts
QC Int 539
QC Float 584
QC Mixed 534
125% 552 Pts
MC Int 1,646
MC Float 1,916
MC Mixed 1,794
267% 1,785 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
SC Int 126
SC Float 137
SC Mixed 132
105% 132 Pts
QC Int 504
QC Float 535
QC Mixed 511
117% 517 Pts
MC Int 1536
MC Float 1,767
MC Mixed 1,644
246% 1,649 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 122
93% 116 Pts
QC Int 455
QC Float 499
QC Mixed 474
108% 476 Pts
MC Int 1381
MC Float 1,628
MC Mixed 1,522
226% 1,510 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
EbayUS $1,4685 hrs
NeweggUS $1,6502 months
AmazonUS $1,6835 hrs
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,664 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 114%
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Desktop
Desktop 119%
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Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $482

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 75% - Very good Total price: $2,930

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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 2 years ago.

Good

5 months ago.

Best processor in multi-core performance with high OC potential (up to 4.5 Ghz all core sync.)


Terrible

2 months ago.

BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Excellent

11 months ago.

You don't necessarily need this beast, but if you can afford it, this thing will not disappoint you


Good

2 years ago.


Terrible

7 months ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

14 months ago.

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


Terrible

9 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

20 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

15 months ago.

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


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