Average Bench: 76.9% (73rd of 1206)

more Based on 3,910 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: 66%Average: 76.9% Great: 94%
Gaming
Gaming 77%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 76%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 87%
Aircraft carrier

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 23.0% 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

Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed 1,424Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 869Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 28.5%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Intel Core i7-6950X performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed 218Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 109Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 3,910 samples)
Min Avg Max
83.6 1-Core 109 135
181 2-Core 218 268
76.8% 163 Pts
Min Avg Max
374 4-Core 441 536
701 8-Core 869 1,065
80.8% 655 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,175 64-Core 1,424 1,721
95.6% 1,424 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Extreme
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)
1-Core 118
2-Core 219
80% 168 Pts
4-Core 484
8-Core 993
91% 739 Pts
64-Core 1,594
107% 1,594 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
1-Core 113
2-Core 234
81% 173 Pts
4-Core 447
8-Core 860
81% 653 Pts
64-Core 1,362
91% 1,362 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 110
2-Core 220
77% 165 Pts
4-Core 437
8-Core 888
81% 662 Pts
64-Core 1,419
95% 1,419 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
1-Core 110
2-Core 214
76% 162 Pts
4-Core 439
8-Core 876
81% 658 Pts
64-Core 1,422
96% 1,422 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 108
2-Core 216
76% 162 Pts
4-Core 427
8-Core 855
79% 641 Pts
64-Core 1,392
93% 1,392 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 3,779 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 99%
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Desktop
Desktop 97%
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Workstation
Workstation 105%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $485

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 43% - Average Total price: $3,114

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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 3 years ago.

Good

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.


Terrible

2 years ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

2 years ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Poor

16 days ago.

Probably one of the most disappointing CPU releases Intel have done, 10 core 20 thread for $1723? You probably guessed that the interest toward HEDT went down thanks to this. Back to the topic, this 10 core 20 thread CPU has 3.0GHz base clock with 3.5GHz boost clock and offered 40 PCIe lanes. This CPU has significant overclocking headroom which you can tap for more performance but that depends on your cooling and power delivery though.

Comment  cpu.userbenchmark.com/...

You'll never be buying this CPU today as you could even buy i9-9900X or i9-10900X at lower prices instead and offers more performance at same core thread counts.

Comment  cpu.userbenchmark.com/...

The Intel's own i9-9900K outperformed this CPU even with 2 lower cores and 4 lower threads, and at vastly lower prices. That is enough sir!


Excellent

4 months ago.

Vicious. For its age as a '17 processor on the 14 nm process, its overclock ceiling and core count hold up tremendously for entry-level workstation needs. Cheaper alternatives exist as of today, though, for similar perf.


Good

3 years ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Poor

4 months ago.

During it's time the costly 10 core 20 thread cpu was the business. Compared to alternatives, the 6 core 6 thread i5 9400f has a higher average bench. The value and sentiment is negative. Rather you should buy and i9 9900k or ryzen 9 3900x


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 months ago.

Only one that handles multiple file-handling operations, next to browsing, A/V encoding, zipping large files without a glitch. Can easily be cooled passively if you have the space and don't overpower it with high Voltages. Does require manual settings of/in your OS (both Windows and Linux), otherwise it will handle its power adversely. Superb for multiple open Virtual Machines and best with at least 32GB RAM. Want to maximize your X99 board and still want Windows 7 to fully support its powers? This is the one you want.


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