Average Bench: 87.5% (54th of 1256)

more Based on 4,434 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: 78%Average: 87.5% Great: 99%
Gaming
Gaming 87%
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Desktop
Desktop 87%
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Workstation
Workstation 89%
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Very good average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 12.5% 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 1,435Pts
Avg. Memory Latency 91.4Pts

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 20.3%. 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 222Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 111Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 4,434 samples)
Min Avg Max
82.1 Memory 91.4 97.3
88.5 1-Core 111 135
183 2-Core 222 272
82.5% 141 Pts
Min Avg Max
374 4-Core 448 541
701 8-Core 879 1,071
81.9% 664 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,201 64-Core 1,435 1,730
96.3% 1,435 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 4.15 GHz (avg)
Memory 90.6
1-Core 132
2-Core 261
92% 161 Pts
4-Core 524
8-Core 953
92% 739 Pts
64-Core 1,613
108% 1,613 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.35 GHz (avg)
Memory 93.6
1-Core 119
2-Core 208
84% 140 Pts
4-Core 487
8-Core 1,020
92% 754 Pts
64-Core 1620
109% 1620 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.05 GHz (avg)
Memory 94.5
1-Core 102
2-Core 203
79% 133 Pts
4-Core 432
8-Core 871
80% 651 Pts
64-Core 1,410
95% 1,410 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Memory 85.7
1-Core 106
2-Core 218
79% 137 Pts
4-Core 431
8-Core 811
77% 621 Pts
64-Core 1,373
92% 1,373 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 4,481 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 101%
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Desktop
Desktop 108%
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Workstation
Workstation 106%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $310

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 49% - Average Total price: $2,207

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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 4 years ago.

Good

20 months ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

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


Good

6 months ago.

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


Good

4 years ago.


Terrible

2 years ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Good

9 days ago.

N


Poor

3 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

7 months 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

11 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

11 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

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

10 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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