Average Bench: 100% (12th of 1052)

more Based on 1,814 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]


Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 0.4% 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.


Multi Core Integer Speed 1,372Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,587Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 30.4%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6950X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.


Single Core Integer Speed 107Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 113Pts

Average Bench

(Based on 1,814 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.5 SC Int 107 129
96.3 SC Float 119 142
90.4 SC Mixed 113 135
90.4% 113 Pts
Min Avg Max
357 QC Int 436 514
412 QC Float 484 567
396 QC Mixed 461 539
104% 460 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,178 MC Int 1,372 1,606
1,364 MC Float 1,587 1,861
1,256 MC Mixed 1,489 1,745
222% 1,483 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 2.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 107
SC Float 134
SC Mixed 119
96% 120 Pts
QC Int 468
QC Float 534
QC Mixed 485
112% 496 Pts
MC Int 1,404
MC Float 1,537
MC Mixed 1478
220% 1,473 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 109
SC Float 121
SC Mixed 116
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 440
QC Float 483
QC Mixed 461
104% 461 Pts
MC Int 1,379
MC Float 1,594
MC Mixed 1,500
223% 1491 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.85 GHz (avg)
SC Int 99.3
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 105
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 400
QC Float 435
QC Mixed 421
95% 419 Pts
MC Int 1,266
MC Float 1,462
MC Mixed 1,371
204% 1,366 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.95 GHz (avg)
SC Int 92.1
SC Float 98.4
SC Mixed 87.3
74% 92.6 Pts
QC Int 409
QC Float 470
QC Mixed 443
100% 440 Pts
MC Int 1,294
MC Float 1503
MC Mixed 1,376
208% 1,391 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 112
SC Mixed 109
86% 108 Pts
QC Int 405
QC Float 442
QC Mixed 422
96% 423 Pts
MC Int 1,066
MC Float 1154
MC Mixed 1,060
164% 1,093 Pts
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Gaming 115%
Desktop 119%
Workstation 127%

Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $485

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 78% - Very good Total price: $2,815

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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


Processor GraphicsNone


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


Max CPU Configuration1
Sockets SupportedLGA2011-v3

Platform Protection

Execute Disable BitYes
Trusted Execution TechNo


Added 21 months ago.


1 month ago.

amd now dead.


1 month ago.

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


1 month ago.



7 months ago.

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


1 month ago.

well done


21 months ago.


3 months ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


10 months ago.

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


5 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


16 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


11 months ago.

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