Average Bench: 78.5% (51st of 1182)

more Based on 3,549 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: 78.5% Great: 94%
Gaming
Gaming 79%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 77%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 88%
Aircraft carrier

Good average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged 21.4% 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 1,428Pts
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed 872Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 28.6%. 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 3,549 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.9 1-Core 109 134
173 2-Core 218 267
77% 164 Pts
Min Avg Max
368 4-Core 442 533
692 8-Core 872 1,060
80.9% 657 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,201 64-Core 1,428 1,710
95.8% 1,428 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 2.9 GHz (avg)
1-Core 107
2-Core 218
76% 163 Pts
4-Core 426
8-Core 880
80% 653 Pts
64-Core 1,414
95% 1,414 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
1-Core 103
2-Core 207
73% 155 Pts
4-Core 418
8-Core 805
76% 611 Pts
64-Core 1328
89% 1328 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz
1-Core 105
2-Core 210
74% 157 Pts
4-Core 416
8-Core 827
76% 622 Pts
64-Core 1,366
92% 1,366 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 1.3 GHz (avg)
1-Core 37.6
2-Core 75
26% 56.3 Pts
4-Core 150
8-Core 324
29% 237 Pts
64-Core 972
65% 972 Pts
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,370,293 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
EbayUS $1,38031 mins
AmazonUS $1,55625 mins
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 3,397 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 108%
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Desktop
Desktop 99%
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Workstation
Workstation 108%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $460

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 47% - Average Total price: $2,718

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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

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month 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

20 months 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

23 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Excellent

12 days 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

2 years ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Poor

15 days 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.


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