Average Bench: 121% - 0th / 945

Based on 571 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: 102%Average: 121% Great: 140%
Gaming
Gaming 121%
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Desktop
Desktop 103%
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Workstation
Workstation 129%
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Outstanding average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 20.8% 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 1,638Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,413Pts
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Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 38.1%. 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 111Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 116Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 571 samples)
Min Avg Max
85.5 SC Int 111 132
94.1 SC Float 122 144
89.6 SC Mixed 116 137
93% 116 Pts
Min Avg Max
360 QC Int 448 526
404 QC Float 497 576
385 QC Mixed 472 549
107% 472 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,203 MC Int 1,413 1,646
1403 MC Float 1,638 1,895
1,316 MC Mixed 1,542 1,789
229% 1,531 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CPUSocket, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 138
SC Float 149
SC Mixed 137
113% 141 Pts
QC Int 550
QC Float 603
QC Mixed 575
130% 576 Pts
MC Int 1,721
MC Float 1,991
MC Mixed 1873
278% 1,862 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 135
SC Float 147
SC Mixed 141
113% 141 Pts
QC Int 540
QC Float 591
QC Mixed 563
128% 565 Pts
MC Int 1,706
MC Float 1,957
MC Mixed 1,849
275% 1,838 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 132
SC Float 144
SC Mixed 137
110% 138 Pts
QC Int 525
QC Float 574
QC Mixed 548
124% 549 Pts
MC Int 1649
MC Float 1,890
MC Mixed 1,784
265% 1,774 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 131
SC Mixed 125
100% 125 Pts
QC Int 488
QC Float 530
QC Mixed 504
115% 507 Pts
MC Int 1,523
MC Float 1,746
MC Mixed 1,642
245% 1,637 Pts

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,896,108 CPUs tested.

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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

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8 months ago.


Poor

19 days ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


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