Average Bench: 96.2% (31st of 1146)

more Based on 2,231 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: 96.2% Great: 115%
Gaming
Gaming 96%
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Desktop
Desktop 92%
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Workstation
Workstation 111%
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Excellent average bench

The Intel Core i7-6950X averaged just 3.8% 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 1,513Pts
Multi Core Integer Speed 1,298Pts

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Intel Core i7-6950X is 31.6%. 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 105Pts
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed 110Pts
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Average Bench

(Based on 2,231 samples)
Min Avg Max
85.4 SC Int 105 128
90.5 SC Float 114 140
89.8 SC Mixed 110 134
87.4% 109 Pts
Min Avg Max
358 QC Int 421 512
394 QC Float 461 556
375 QC Mixed 441 530
99.9% 441 Pts
Min Avg Max
1,145 MC Int 1,298 1,549
1,291 MC Float 1,513 1,817
1,201 MC Mixed 1,411 1,696
210% 1,407 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 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 112
SC Float 120
SC Mixed 110
91% 114 Pts
QC Int 416
QC Float 474
QC Mixed 439
100% 443 Pts
MC Int 1,257
MC Float 1,514
MC Mixed 1,392
207% 1,388 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.55 GHz (avg)
SC Int 105
SC Float 114
SC Mixed 109
88% 109 Pts
QC Int 415
QC Float 456
QC Mixed 430
98% 434 Pts
MC Int 1188
MC Float 1361
MC Mixed 1278
191% 1,276 Pts
SOCKET 2011, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.3 GHz (avg)
SC Int 91
SC Float 90.6
SC Mixed 101
75% 94.1 Pts
QC Int 407
QC Float 454
QC Mixed 432
98% 431 Pts
MC Int 1,308
MC Float 1,524
MC Mixed 1,384
210% 1,405 Pts
SOCKET 0, 1 CPU, 10 cores, 20 threads
Base clock 3 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
SC Int 102
SC Float 113
SC Mixed 92.8
82% 102 Pts
QC Int 418
QC Float 456
QC Mixed 438
99% 437 Pts
MC Int 1,273
MC Float 1,486
MC Mixed 1,384
206% 1,381 Pts
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 Prices

Approx. $1834 @ launch in Jun '16
EbayUS $1,1963 mins
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Typical Core i7-6950X Builds (Compare 2,777 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
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Gaming 112%
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Desktop
Desktop 116%
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Workstation
Workstation 125%
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Motherboard: Asus RAMPAGE V EDITION 10 - $485

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 77% - Very good Total price: $2,753

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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.

Excellent

1 month ago.

I love it


Good

3 months ago.

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


Terrible

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

18 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

14 months ago.

runs very hot, very high power consumption and highly overpriced


Poor

21 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

17 months ago.

low perfomance for that price


Good

2 years ago.

Pretty high price, but so much power...


Outstanding

22 months ago.

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


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