Average Bench: 101% (11th of 980)

more Based on 1,426 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 1.1% 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 1,382Pts
Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,585Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 30.7%. 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 109Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 114Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 1,426 samples)
Min Avg Max
87.3 SC Int 109 131
98 SC Float 120 142
92.9 SC Mixed 114 137
91.6% 114 Pts
Min Avg Max
369 QC Int 441 522
419 QC Float 486 569
393 QC Mixed 463 545
105% 464 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,162 MC Int 1,382 1,621
1,312 MC Float 1,585 1,857
1,260 MC Mixed 1,494 1,749
222% 1,487 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 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 133
SC Mixed 125
98% 123 Pts
QC Int 476
QC Float 521
QC Mixed 499
113% 499 Pts
MC Int 1,468
MC Float 1,698
MC Mixed 1,564
236% 1,577 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 122
SC Mixed 113
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 440
QC Float 478
QC Mixed 454
104% 457 Pts
MC Int 1,367
MC Float 1,584
MC Mixed 1,481
221% 1,477 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91.1
SC Float 105
SC Mixed 107
81% 101 Pts
QC Int 382
QC Float 487
QC Mixed 449
99% 439 Pts
MC Int 1,469
MC Float 1,706
MC Mixed 1,544
235% 1,573 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 108
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 423
QC Float 458
QC Mixed 439
100% 440 Pts
MC Int 1,318
MC Float 1,500
MC Mixed 1,424
211% 1,414 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 107
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 106
87% 109 Pts
QC Int 406
QC Float 446
QC Mixed 431
97% 428 Pts
MC Int 1238
MC Float 1,496
MC Mixed 1,371
204% 1,368 Pts
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 1,600 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 115%
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Desktop
Desktop 120%
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Workstation
Workstation 127%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $339

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 82% - Excellent Total price: $2,487

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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 16 months ago.

Good

1 month ago.

amd now dead.


Poor

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

HARDCORE


Good

16 months ago.


Good

2 months ago.

good


Poor

5 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

26 days ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

11 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

6 months ago.

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


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