Average Bench: 86.9% (95th of 1358)

more Based on 4,996 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]

Poor: 78%Average: 86.9% Great: 98%
Gaming
Gaming 87%
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Desktop
Desktop 86%
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Workstation
Workstation 90%
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Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 13.0% 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 1,522Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 88.9Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 20.8%. 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 228Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 113Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,996 samples)
Min Avg Max
80.7 Memory 88.9 96.1
89.9 1-Core 113 138
188 2-Core 228 277
83.1% 143 Pts
Min Avg Max
378 4-Core 456 548
731 8-Core 885 1,093
82.8% 670 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,308 64-Core 1,522 1,824
102% 1,522 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Normal Heavy Server
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.4
1-Core 133
2-Core 265
94% 164 Pts
4-Core 518
8-Core 1,032
95% 775 Pts
64-Core 1,581
106% 1,581 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.45 GHz (avg)
Memory 93
1-Core 108
2-Core 215
82% 139 Pts
4-Core 448
8-Core 882
82% 665 Pts
64-Core 1,473
99% 1,473 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Memory 88.8
1-Core 121
2-Core 235
86% 148 Pts
4-Core 464
8-Core 881
83% 673 Pts
64-Core 1,555
104% 1,555 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
Memory 84.6
1-Core 76.2
2-Core 149
64% 103 Pts
4-Core 218
8-Core 377
37% 298 Pts
64-Core 1,454
98% 1,454 Pts
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 Prices

MSRP ≈ $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,101 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 97%
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Desktop
Desktop 92%
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Workstation
Workstation 100%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $187

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 64% - Good Total price: $1,116

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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

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15 months ago.

Were this on release I would not recommend it but with the price of them used I would say HELL YES! The 6950x while a bit weak on single core performance and clock speed can still be a excellent choice for both gaming and workstation use it will of course still get beaten by its mainstream consumer brethren but it at the very least keeps up with them. However, like all of the extreme edition cpu's their motherboards are still ungodly amounts of expensive but the cpu itself can be found for pretty reasonable prices. It ain't no 10900k but 10 cores is still 10 cores and for its price right now I'd say go for it.


Excellent

19 months ago.

VERY CHEAP, EXCELLENT VALUE :D


Good

21 months ago.

I bought it used on ebay for 250$ to refresh my x99 platform. It's not the best gaming CPU but the memory bandwith + high core count make it a valuable choice for me. I don't mind losing to 9900k, the main difference is basically the Single core speed. Not disappointed. Running at 4.2ghz with 32GB of 3200mhz memory. It not an AMD 3950x, but for a refresh it perform decently!


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

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


Good

6 years ago.


Terrible

4 years ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

2000 dollar 10 core 2011 platform cpu. killed by 7900x with half price


Terrible

4 years ago.

low perfomance for that price


Poor

2 years 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

3 years 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

5 years ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Poor

3 years 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

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years 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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