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 71.91 percent of a leader's which is Intel Core i9-7980XE.

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
 
FSB
9.6 GT / s / QPI
 
of 6400 (Core i7-980X 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
 
Die size
246 mm2
 
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
of 105
Transistor count
3200 Million
 
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
 

CPU benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

71.91

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 Score

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. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.
Fortnite

Fortnite

2018
Fortnite

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Core i3-530
recommended Core i5-650
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Core i3-4340
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
Overwatch

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Phenom X3 8650
recommended Core i5-650
GTA V

GTA V

2015
GTA V

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Core 2 Quad Q6600
recommended Core i5-3470
Rainbow Six Siege

Rainbow Six Siege

2015
Rainbow Six Siege

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Core i3-560
recommended Core i5-2500K
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Pentium D 915
recommended Core 2 Duo E6600
Dota 2

Dota 2

2013
Dota 2

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Pentium D 915
Counter-Strike: GO

Counter-Strike: GO

2012
Counter-Strike: GO

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Celeron 450
recommended Pentium 4 630
League of Legends

League of Legends

2009
League of Legends

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Celeron 2.20
recommended Celeron D 352
Minecraft

Minecraft

2009
Minecraft

Official system requirements

Core i7-6950X performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

Core i7-6950X
minimum Pentium D 915
recommended Pentium D 915

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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