Average Bench: 81.6% (44th of 1182)

Based on 3,832 user benchmarks.  Devices: BFEBFBFF000406F1, 1FABFBFF000406F1, 0000000000000000, 0F8BFBFF000406F1, 1F8BFBFF000406F1 Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6900K CPU @ 3.20GHz

The Core i7-6900K is one of four new Broadwell-E prosumer CPUs. This model has eight cores with base and turbo frequencies of 3.2 and 4.0 GHz respectively. The 6900K is based on a 14 nm architecture, it has a TDP of 140 watts, 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes and no integrated graphics. Because of its MSRP of $1,100, the 6900K only makes sense for very niche use cases which include top end graphics design and video production. Comparing the 6900K and 6700K shows that for typical desktop use the 6900K only offers a gain of around 12% for a whopping three 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 6900K. That said, as a workstation CPU the 6900K is bested only by the $2,000 flagship ten core 6950X. (6900K vs 6950X[Jun '16 CPUPro]

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Poor: 71%Average: 81.6% Great: 95%
Gaming
Gaming 82%
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Desktop
Desktop 80%
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Workstation
Workstation 80%
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Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-6900K averaged just 18.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Intel Core i7-6900K near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed 460Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 856Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6900K is 24.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6900K performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,177Pts
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 228Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,832 samples)
Min Avg Max
95.5 1-Core 115 134
193 2-Core 228 268
80.8% 172 Pts
Min Avg Max
398 4-Core 460 537
688 8-Core 856 1,044
81.8% 658 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,013 64-Core 1,177 1,376
79% 1,177 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
1-Core 117
2-Core 226
81% 172 Pts
4-Core 474
8-Core 853
83% 663 Pts
64-Core 1,187
80% 1,187 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
1-Core 106
2-Core 230
78% 168 Pts
4-Core 470
8-Core 817
81% 643 Pts
64-Core 1,114
75% 1,114 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 8 cores, 16 threads
Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 111
2-Core 221
78% 166 Pts
4-Core 438
8-Core 870
80% 654 Pts
64-Core 1,115
75% 1,115 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,207,839 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1100 @ launch in Jun '16
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Typical Core i7-6900K Builds (Compare 3,484 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $450

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $2,116

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 Specifications

Essentials

DescriptionIntel® Core™ i7-6900K Processor (20M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
Code NameBroadwell E
Launch DateQ2'16
Processor Numberi7-6900K
# of Cores8
# of Threads16
Cache20 MB
Instruction Set64-bit
Embedded Options AvailableNo
Lithography14 nm
Recommended PriceN/A
Clock Speed3.2 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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Good

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Terrible

24 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


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