Average Bench: 97.5% (27th of 1143)

more Based on 2,376 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: 82%Average: 97.5% Great: 116%
Gaming
Gaming 98%
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Desktop
Desktop 93%
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Workstation
Workstation 113%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 2.4% 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

Multi Core Floating Point Speed 1,537Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,320Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 34.5%. 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 106Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 111Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,376 samples)
Min Avg Max
86.8 SC Int 106 128
89.5 SC Float 115 139
90.5 SC Mixed 111 134
88.5% 111 Pts
Min Avg Max
354 QC Int 426 511
390 QC Float 466 561
366 QC Mixed 447 535
101% 446 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,103 MC Int 1,320 1,578
1,287 MC Float 1,537 1,838
1,191 MC Mixed 1,434 1,716
214% 1,430 Pts
User Benchmarks Bench Single core Quad core Multi core
The fastest CPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 9 cores, 18 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 4 GHz (avg)
SC Int 119
SC Float 130
SC Mixed 123
99% 124 Pts
QC Int 469
QC Float 520
QC Mixed 492
112% 494 Pts
MC Int 1,295
MC Float 1,540
MC Mixed 1,400
211% 1,412 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.7 GHz (avg)
SC Int 107
SC Float 118
SC Mixed 114
90% 113 Pts
QC Int 428
QC Float 449
QC Mixed 452
100% 443 Pts
MC Int 1265
MC Float 1,430
MC Mixed 1,366
202% 1354 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 110
SC Mixed 103
84% 106 Pts
QC Int 422
QC Float 461
QC Mixed 429
99% 438 Pts
MC Int 1,332
MC Float 1,493
MC Mixed 1,430
212% 1,418 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
SC Int 96.2
SC Float 106
SC Mixed 100
81% 101 Pts
QC Int 433
QC Float 443
QC Mixed 431
99% 436 Pts
MC Int 1,319
MC Float 1532
MC Mixed 1,433
213% 1,428 Pts
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 12,866,694 CPUs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
EbayUS $1,45124 mins
AmazonUS $1,57911 mins
NeweggUS $1,6507 months
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,471 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 113%
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Desktop
Desktop 117%
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Workstation
Workstation 126%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $485

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $2,832

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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

30 days ago.

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


Terrible

7 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 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

12 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

2 years ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

20 months ago.

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


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