Intel Core i7-6950X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-6950X

Summary

Intel started Core i7-6950X sales 10 March 2016 at a recommended price of $1,723. This is high-end Broadwell-E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at home systems. It has 10 cores and 20 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 4.00 GHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is a FCLGA2011-3 processor with a TDP of 120 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4-2400, DDR4-2133 memory.

It provides good benchmark performance at 68.59 percent of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-9980XE.

General info

Of Core i7-6950X processor market type (desktop or notebook), architecture and sales start time and price.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.73
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Intel Core i7 (Desktop)
 
Achitecture codename
Broadwell-E
 
Release date
10 March 2016
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,723
 
of 8685 (Xeon E5-4650L)
Price now
$1,575.99
 
of 8684.5 (Xeon E5-4650L)

Technical specs

Core i7-6950X's quantitative parameters such as cores and threads number, clocks, manufacturing process, cache size and multiplier lock state. These parameters indirectly say of Core i7-6950X's performance, but to be more precise you have to review its test results.
Number of cores
10
 
Number of threads
20
 
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
of 5 (FX-9590)
FSB
9.6 GT / s / QPI
 
of 6400 (Core i7-990X EE)
L1 cache
320 KB
 
of 768
L2 cache
2.5 MB
 
of 16384
L3 cache
25 MB
 
of 65536
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
of 7
Die size
246 mm2
 
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
of 105
Transistor count
3200 Million
 
of 19200
64 bit support
+
 
Unlocked
+
 

Compatibility

Information on Core i7-6950X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one.
Max number of CPUs in a configuration
1
 
of 8
Socket
FCLGA2011-3
 
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
of 320 (Xeon Phi 7295)

Technologies and extensions

Technological solutions and additional instructions supported by Core i7-6950X. You'll probably need this information if you require some particular technology.
AES-NI
+
 
AVX
+
 
vPro
-
 
Enhanced SpeedStep (EIST)
+
 
Turbo Boost
2.0
 
Hyper-Threading
+
 
Idle States
+
 
Smart Response
+
 
Turbo Boost Max 3.0
+
 

Security technologies

Core i7-6950X technologies aimed at raising security, for example, by protecting against hacks.
TXT
+
 
EDB
+
 

Virtualization technologies

Virtual machine speed-up technologies supported by Core i7-6950X are enumerated here.
VT-d
+
 
VT-x
+
 
EPT
+
 

Memory specs

Types, maximum amount and channel number of RAM supported by Core i7-6950X.
Supported memory types
DDR4-2400, DDR4-2133
 
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
Max memory channels
4
 

Graphics specifications

General parameters of GPU integrated into Core i7-6950X.
Integrated graphics
None
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i7-6950X's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Core i7-6950X. Overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

68.59

3DMark06 CPU

10658

Cinebench 10 32-bit single-core

6231

Cinebench 10 32-bit multi-core

40378

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit single-core

1.9

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit multi-core

20

Cinebench 15 64-bit single-core

156

Cinebench 15 64-bit multi-core

1859

WinRAR 4.0

8450

x264 encoding pass 1

196

x264 encoding pass 2

101

TrueCrypt AES

10.5

Geekbench 2

22114

Geekbench 3 32-bit single-core

3387

Geekbench 3 32-bit multi-core

31129

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit single-core

4049

Geekbench 4.0 64-bit multi-core

26761

Passmark

19977

3DMark Fire Strike Physics

19410

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Core i7-6950X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
105 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good Core i7-6950X is for gaming compared with game system requirements. Remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall Core i7-6950X performance compared to nearest competitors. All CPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Core i7-6950X from AMD is Ryzen Threadripper 1920X, which is slower by 6% and lower by 4 positions in our rating.

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