The Intel Core i7-6950X processor runs up to 3.5GHz out of the box, but we wanted to see how much higher that we could get. The big question is, how well does Broadwell-E overclock compared to previous gen processors? From what we have been told, the average overclocked frequency for 6950X processors is 4.3-4.4GHz.
We didn’t have much time to overclock since we had to benchmark over the memory day weekend, so we played it safe and ran a simple 4.0GHz overclock by raising the CPU multiplier up to 40 and running all cores at 4,000MHz. We hope to get more time to overclock this processor in the future, but 500MHz overclock is a 14.3% increase in the core clocks and should give a very nice boost to performance numbers. We ran all of our benchmarks at stock speeds and then again at 4GHz to give you a good idea of how the 6950X performs at stock speeds and then with a moderate overclock!