Intel Core i7-6950X: specs and benchmarks

Intel Core i7-6950X

Summary

Intel started Intel Core i7-6950X sales 31 May 2016 at a recommended price of $1,723. This is Broadwell-E architecture desktop processor primarily aimed at office systems. It has 10 cores and 20 threads, and is based on 14 nm manufacturing technology, with a maximum frequency of 4000 MHz and an unlocked multiplier.

Compatibility-wise, this is FCLGA2011-3 processor with a TDP of 140 Watt and a maximum temperature of 72 °C. It supports DDR4-2400, DDR4-2133 memory.

It provides poor benchmark performance at 21.44 percent of a leader's which is AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X.

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)
4.48
 
Type
Desktop
 
Series
Intel Core i7 (Desktop)
 
Architecture codename
Broadwell-E
 
Release date
31 May 2016
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$1,723
 
Price now
$2007
 
of 8685 (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
 
Base frequency
3 GHz
 
of 4.7 (FX-9590)
Maximum frequency
4 GHz
 
Bus support
9.6 GT/s / QPI
 
L1 cache
32K (per core)
 
of 896 (Atom C3950)
L2 cache
256K (per core)
 
of 8192 (Opteron 3380)
L3 cache
25 MB (shared)
 
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
Die size
246 mm2
 
Maximum case temperature (TCase)
72 °C
 
of 105 (Core i7-5557U)
Transistor count
3,800 million
 
of 19200 (Ryzen 7 3700)
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
 
Socket
FCLGA2011-3
 
Power consumption (TDP)
140 Watt
 
of 650 (Atom Z500)

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
 
of 4266 (Ryzen 9 4900H)
Maximum memory size
128 GB
 
Max memory channels
4
 

Peripherals

Specifications and connection of Core i7-6950X's supported peripherals.
PCIe revision
3.0
 
Max number of PCIe lanes
40
 
of 128 (EPYC 7551P)

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

21.44

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

11

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

17430

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 7 2700X, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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