Average Bench: 99.1% (17th of 1128)

more Based on 2,215 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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Poor: 83%Average: 99.1% Great: 117%
Gaming
Gaming 99%
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Desktop
Desktop 95%
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Workstation
Workstation 115%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 0.9% 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 Floating Point Speed 1,567Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,349Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 34.1%. 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 2,215 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.4 SC Int 107 128
92.9 SC Float 118 140
90.1 SC Mixed 113 134
89.9% 112 Pts
Min Avg Max
354 QC Int 431 512
392 QC Float 475 562
374 QC Mixed 454 536
103% 453 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,125 MC Int 1,349 1,587
1,315 MC Float 1,567 1,849
1,223 MC Mixed 1,463 1,722
218% 1,460 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 4.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 127
SC Float 139
SC Mixed 131
106% 132 Pts
QC Int 457
QC Float 524
QC Mixed 522
114% 501 Pts
MC Int 1,537
MC Float 1,807
MC Mixed 1,701
251% 1682 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4.15 GHz (avg)
SC Int 120
SC Float 132
SC Mixed 125
101% 126 Pts
QC Int 467
QC Float 498
QC Mixed 492
110% 486 Pts
MC Int 1429
MC Float 1660
MC Mixed 1,556
231% 1,548 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 109
SC Mixed 104
84% 105 Pts
QC Int 395
QC Float 419
QC Mixed 421
93% 412 Pts
MC Int 1,230
MC Float 1,446
MC Mixed 1,345
200% 1,340 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.3
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 103
82% 103 Pts
QC Int 401
QC Float 435
QC Mixed 416
94% 417 Pts
MC Int 1,228
MC Float 1,439
MC Mixed 1,334
199% 1,333 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
SC Int 98.5
SC Float 111
SC Mixed 90.8
80% 100 Pts
QC Int 313
QC Float 400
QC Mixed 359
81% 357 Pts
MC Int 1,518
MC Float 1767
MC Mixed 1,649
246% 1,645 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
EbayUS $1,45913 hrs
NeweggUS $1,6504 months
AmazonUS $1,68613 hrs
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,876 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 114%
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Desktop
Desktop 119%
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Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $482

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 79% - Very good Total price: $2,739

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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 2 years ago.

Good

7 months ago.

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


Terrible

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

13 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.


Terrible

9 months ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

16 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

12 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

22 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

17 months ago.

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


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