Average Bench: 98.3% (21st of 1137)

more Based on 2,338 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: 84%Average: 98.3% Great: 116%
Gaming
Gaming 98%
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Desktop
Desktop 94%
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Workstation
Workstation 114%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 1.6% 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 1,549Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,333Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 32.5%. 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 112Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,338 samples)
Min Avg Max
87.7 SC Int 107 128
90 SC Float 116 140
90.3 SC Mixed 112 134
89.3% 112 Pts
Min Avg Max
355 QC Int 429 510
391 QC Float 470 561
374 QC Mixed 451 534
102% 450 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,110 MC Int 1,333 1,580
1,289 MC Float 1,549 1,843
1,192 MC Mixed 1,446 1,716
216% 1,443 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 4.4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 132
SC Float 144
SC Mixed 137
110% 137 Pts
QC Int 526
QC Float 575
QC Mixed 551
125% 551 Pts
MC Int 1,611
MC Float 1,866
MC Mixed 1,761
261% 1,746 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 111
SC Float 121
SC Mixed 116
93% 116 Pts
QC Int 444
QC Float 483
QC Mixed 462
105% 463 Pts
MC Int 1,362
MC Float 1,584
MC Mixed 1,486
221% 1,477 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 110
SC Float 120
SC Mixed 114
92% 115 Pts
QC Int 439
QC Float 481
QC Mixed 460
104% 460 Pts
MC Int 1,332
MC Float 1,541
MC Mixed 1,438
215% 1,437 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
SC Int 106
SC Float 116
SC Mixed 111
89% 111 Pts
QC Int 407
QC Float 459
QC Mixed 430
98% 432 Pts
MC Int 1,244
MC Float 1,456
MC Mixed 1,365
202% 1,355 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 93.9
SC Float 107
SC Mixed 106
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 375
QC Float 439
QC Mixed 416
93% 410 Pts
MC Int 1,228
MC Float 1,467
MC Mixed 1353
202% 1,349 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
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AmazonUS $1,55330 mins
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,400 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 113%
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Desktop
Desktop 119%
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Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $429

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 81% - Excellent Total price: $2,555

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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

8 days ago.

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


Terrible

6 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 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

11 months ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

18 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

14 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

24 months ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

19 months ago.

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


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