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

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Final Thoughts and Conclusions

Intel Core i7-6950X


The Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E CPU features 10-cores that absolutely thrash multi-core benchmarks. This processor is indeed a monster and after using this processor and seeing how fast it tears through tasks we are left impressed. Even the boring single-threaded workloads were made fun to watch thanks to Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology that helps the ‘best’ core in the processor do the simple tasks at the highest clock speed possible. The benchmark numbers for this processor speak for themselves as this is the fastest processor that Intel has ever released to the consumer market. If you have big workloads that have you impatiently waiting at your desk for them to complete then this processor is what you need.

The bad thing about the Intel Core i7-6950X is the price tag. I know that this is the flagship processor and that it does deserve a premium price tag, but $1,723 is tough to swallow. I sure wish Intel would have kept this monster at the $1,000 price point like most all Intel Extreme Edition processors have been over the past decade, but they did not. In fact when we were briefed on this processor the price was slightly lower on all Broadwell-E processors and Intel raised the price even more. When pricing leaked on Broadwell-E it made me laugh as they had the pricing wrong. Only yesterday did I check with Intel and figure out that leaked pricing was right. With the price point this high it is starting to get up into the Intel Xeon territory. For example the Intel Xeon E5-2640 v4 processor has 12-cores/20-threads with 25MB cache for the LGA 2011-v3 platform and only costs $989.99. Sure, it is only clocked at 2.4GHz rather than 3.5GHz, but it’s nearly half the price! It also supports Error-Correcting Code ECC memory and is only 90W TDP!

Intel Broadwell-E Processor Pricing On Newegg:

At the end of the day the Intel Core i7-6950X is amazing, but the price tag is brutal and is reserved for those with rather deep pockets. We won’t give it our recommended award due to the price point, but I will give it the Editor’s Choice Award where price isn’t a concern and the award is given to something above and beyond the rest. The Intel Core i7-6950X is certainly in a class of its own and so is the price.

LR Editors' Choice

This is a fitting end for the X99 platform and we can’t wait to see what Intel does with their next generation Skylake-E processor next year. It is rumored to be using a new LGA 3647 socket and obviously an entirely new platform.

Legit Bottom Line: The Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor is a beast and the new Intel X99 refresh boards have all the latest features!

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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

  • 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.