Average Bench: 102% (5th of 968)

Based on 1,242 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 2.3% 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 1,404Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,609Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 31.7%. 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 110Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 115Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,242 samples)
Min Avg Max
89.7 SC Int 110 132
98 SC Float 122 143
92 SC Mixed 115 137
92.6% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
370 QC Int 447 526
420 QC Float 492 575
402 QC Mixed 469 549
106% 469 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,190 MC Int 1,404 1,639
1,377 MC Float 1,609 1,862
1,299 MC Mixed 1,517 1,771
226% 1,510 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 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 126
SC Float 141
SC Mixed 136
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 515
QC Float 557
QC Mixed 536
121% 536 Pts
MC Int 1,590
MC Float 1839
MC Mixed 1,726
257% 1,718 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 122
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 119
99% 123 Pts
QC Int 457
QC Float 496
QC Mixed 479
108% 477 Pts
MC Int 1,359
MC Float 1,582
MC Mixed 1,482
220% 1,475 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 103
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 109
87% 108 Pts
QC Int 418
QC Float 455
QC Mixed 436
99% 436 Pts
MC Int 1,306
MC Float 1,483
MC Mixed 1391
208% 1,393 Pts
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $514

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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 14 months ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

6 days ago.

it is expensive and infrequent


Excellent

17 days ago.

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


Poor

1 month ago.

amd now dead.


Excellent

4 days ago.

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


Excellent

9 days ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

HARDCORE


Good

14 months ago.


Poor

2 months ago.

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


Good

8 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

4 months ago.

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


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