Average Bench: 101% (10th of 980)

more Based on 1,578 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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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 1.0% 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 1,379Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,586Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 29.5%. 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 108Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 114Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,578 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.5 SC Int 108 130
97.9 SC Float 120 143
93.2 SC Mixed 114 137
91.3% 114 Pts
Min Avg Max
373 QC Int 440 522
424 QC Float 486 570
397 QC Mixed 463 547
105% 463 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,190 MC Int 1,379 1,619
1,351 MC Float 1,586 1,862
1,275 MC Mixed 1,494 1,755
222% 1,486 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 133
104% 131 Pts
QC Int 502
QC Float 519
QC Mixed 533
117% 518 Pts
MC Int 1,484
MC Float 1,793
MC Mixed 1,698
248% 1,659 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 126
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 476
QC Float 531
QC Mixed 499
114% 502 Pts
MC Int 1,493
MC Float 1,732
MC Mixed 1,622
242% 1,616 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.9 GHz (avg)
SC Int 95.5
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 111
90% 113 Pts
QC Int 473
QC Float 529
QC Mixed 494
113% 499 Pts
MC Int 1,476
MC Float 1,719
MC Mixed 1,608
239% 1601 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 98
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 104
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 396
QC Float 435
QC Mixed 407
94% 413 Pts
MC Int 1,278
MC Float 1,474
MC Mixed 1385
206% 1379 Pts
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 1,829 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 114%
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Desktop 120%
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Workstation
Workstation 127%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $469

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $2,870

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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 18 months ago.

Good

3 months ago.

amd now dead.


Poor

3 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Good

18 months ago.


Terrible

12 days ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

6 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

2 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

13 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

8 months ago.

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


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