Average Bench: 99.9% (15th of 1104)

more Based on 1,785 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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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 0.0% 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 Integer Speed 1,367Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,581Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 34.3%. 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 1,785 samples)
Min Avg Max
84.1 SC Int 107 128
96.9 SC Float 119 141
90.9 SC Mixed 113 135
90.2% 113 Pts
Min Avg Max
357 QC Int 434 513
393 QC Float 481 563
375 QC Mixed 458 537
104% 458 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,160 MC Int 1,367 1,596
1,323 MC Float 1,581 1856
1,238 MC Mixed 1,482 1,737
221% 1,477 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 GHz (avg)
SC Int 116
SC Float 136
SC Mixed 130
102% 127 Pts
QC Int 471
QC Float 524
QC Mixed 523
115% 506 Pts
MC Int 1,392
MC Float 1,614
MC Mixed 1,544
227% 1,517 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 114
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 441
QC Float 494
QC Mixed 463
106% 466 Pts
MC Int 1,408
MC Float 1627
MC Mixed 1,527
227% 1,521 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 101
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 106
85% 106 Pts
QC Int 403
QC Float 445
QC Mixed 423
96% 424 Pts
MC Int 1,225
MC Float 1,424
MC Mixed 1,337
198% 1,329 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 68.7
SC Float 67.6
SC Mixed 80.8
58% 72.4 Pts
QC Int 226
QC Float 302
QC Mixed 246
58% 258 Pts
MC Int 548
MC Float 773
MC Mixed 419
86% 580 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
EbayUS $1,49411 mins
AmazonUS $1,5663 mins
NeweggUS $1,65025 days
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,479 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 114%
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Desktop
Desktop 118%
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Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $404

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 71% - Very good Total price: $3,038

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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 23 months ago.

Good

3 months ago.

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


Terrible

4 days ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Good

23 months ago.


Terrible

5 months ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

12 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

7 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

18 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

13 months ago.

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


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