Average Bench: 120% - 1st / 934

Based on 472 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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Poor: 103%Average: 120% Great: 139%
Gaming
Gaming 120%
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Desktop
Desktop 102%
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Workstation
Workstation 129%
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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 20.5% 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 Floating Point Speed 1,645Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,400Pts
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Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 36%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6950X performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Single Core Integer Speed 110Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 116Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 472 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.1 SC Int 110 129
96.6 SC Float 121 144
92.2 SC Mixed 116 136
92.5% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
367 QC Int 444 515
410 QC Float 496 574
386 QC Mixed 470 544
107% 470 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,202 MC Int 1,400 1,624
1,424 MC Float 1,645 1,889
1,336 MC Mixed 1,545 1,783
229% 1,530 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 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 135
SC Float 150
SC Mixed 141
113% 142 Pts
QC Int 540
QC Float 592
QC Mixed 565
128% 566 Pts
MC Int 1,669
MC Float 1917
MC Mixed 1,805
269% 1,797 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 129
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 134
108% 134 Pts
QC Int 514
QC Float 561
QC Mixed 537
122% 537 Pts
MC Int 1,622
MC Float 1,858
MC Mixed 1,755
261% 1,745 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 128
SC Float 140
SC Mixed 134
107% 134 Pts
QC Int 515
QC Float 561
QC Mixed 538
122% 538 Pts
MC Int 1,587
MC Float 1,818
MC Mixed 1,740
256% 1,715 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 122
SC Mixed 115
93% 116 Pts
QC Int 434
QC Float 471
QC Mixed 458
103% 454 Pts
MC Int 1,281
MC Float 1,465
MC Mixed 1,402
207% 1,383 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 98.6
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 110
86% 107 Pts
QC Int 419
QC Float 457
QC Mixed 450
100% 442 Pts
MC Int 1340
MC Float 1,535
MC Mixed 1,446
215% 1,440 Pts

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,606,311 CPUs tested.

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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 528 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 138%
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Desktop 128%
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Workstation 133%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $535

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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 7 months ago.

Good

7 months ago.


Very good

5 hrs ago.

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


Good

1 month ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


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