Intel Core i7-6950X Processor Review – 10-core Broadwell-E Benchmarked

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Power Consumption

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Power efficiency remains important to PC users and Intel and AMD have both made great strides to improve power efficiencies. Today we will be looking at a few high-end desktop processors on our Watts Up Pro ES power data logger on the three platforms with each running Windows 8.1 on the balanced power option.

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Benchmark Results: The Intel Core i7-6950X didn’t do that bad when it came to the power numbers, which is great. The new Intel Broadwell-E series appears to have a pretty efficient idle power efficiency as we were right around 77.3 Watts at idle on the ASUS X99 Deluxe II motherboard with UEFI 0601 along with a 16GB kit of DDR4 memory running at 1.2V and a GeForce GTX Titan video card and the Corsair AX860i digital power supply. When running Prime 95 we hit 219 Watts and then when running 3DMark we hit 321 Watts. Overclocking increased the voltage from 1.1V to ~1.25V, so the power consumption was up rather drastically for Prime95 and Handbrake where the CPU was put to full use. Futuremark 3DMark doesn’t use all 20 threads, so the power wasn’t up too much there.

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  • Hussein Mostafa

    what is the max temperature 6950x can go to ? i reached 96C with it and thermal throttling option activated during the load i didnt notice that my Nepton 280L water cooling wasnt working right it ran into this degree for about 30 mins .. could this damaged the processor ?? and what is the safe temperature i can go for 6950x ?

  • Mher Hakobyan

    Can you explain me what does it mean when on the TOP of i7-6950x
    processor is written Intel confidential? and why it is written Intel
    confidential?

  • Travis Santelmann

    I love these 6950X’s… I’m getting one! C’mon tax season, right around the corner. Silicone lottery binned 4.4Ghz 6950X here I come!

    You’d have this CPU for years, and years! And it would still be a beast! I mean look at the i7 980x 6 core, and i7 990X there like 7 or 8 years old.. and there still monsters with 12 threads! And very much a viable workstation CPU solution!

    This 6950X would cost about $4 bucks a week for 5 years. That’s about $16 a month. Well we spent the cost of this CPU on our cell phones over the period of only 1 year! And constantly upgrade them to…

    You can find them for $1399 on sale. It’s a monster!!!!

  • anon

    I would love it compared it to a X5670 or X5690 or even the i7-920 OCed (I know you have one 😉 E5-1660 v1?

    All those old xeon processors can deal a good battle against all this new “super” cpus. And you can find them at a fraction of the price of the new “super” units.

    • Yian Pap

      My i7 920 OCed to 3.8Ghz achieves 4.8 score in the Euler3D benchmark. So, pretty bad compared to this CPU here, 3.5 times slower. (This is with DDR3 at 1.2Ghz). Make no mistake, this “super units” give you a lot more than old and cheap processors.

  • Wookie Groomer

    lol at that pricing… wtf.

  • Coach

    Why do you guys always use the AMD APUs in comparison to Intel CPUs? I know they FX processors don’t hold a candle to these newer Intel models, but at least they generally double the scores of an APU and don’t compare “AS” poorly. I guess maybe it is the test data you have available on the more recent benchmarks, but those APUs don’t have any business in an “E”-series review with benchmarks. I would leave them out. At least the magma-heat emitting 9590 could break up the blue team a little vs. the old Sandy Bridge and maybe Ivy Bridge. My old Phenom II can compete with that i7-920 better than the APUs. Just sayin’. 🙂

    • Nathan Kirsch

      I’ll be updating AMD’s offerings, but like you noted they don’t hold a candle and honestly you are the first to call me out for it. 🙂

      • Coach

        Thanks Nathan. 🙂 I watched the AMD Computex broadcast last night (no Stanley Cup game) 😉 and hopefully Zen breaks up the monopoly of benchmark charts.