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Intel Core i7-6950X Flagship Broadwell-E Processor Tested – Crushes The Core i7-5960X In Multi-Threaded Benchmarks

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted May 16, 2016
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Performance results of Intel’s Core i7-6950X flagship processor have once again been revealed ahead of launch. XFastest is the source of the benchmarks this time who have tested the high-end desktop processor on the X99 platform which will be able to support the latest Broadwell-E family. The Broadwell-E family will be the first high end desktop family to be based on the latest 14nm process node.

Detailed comparison of the Core i7-6950X and Core i7-5960X processors by XFastest.

Intel’s Core i7-6950X Performance Results Leaked Again – Core i7-5960X Replaced By A Powerful, High-Performance Successor

The Core i7-6950X is the flagship product of the Broadwell-E family which is launching at Computex 2016. Intel is going one step ahead with this product by offering the worlds first 10 core consumer chip. This replaces the last gen 8 core processors with higher performance at the same wattage on a smaller process node that offers huge increase in transistor density.

Intel Core i7-6950X Specifications:

The Core i7-6950X is Intel’s latest processor with 10 cores and 20 threads. The processor will run at a base clock of 3.00 GHz and a 3.50 GHz boost clock. The processor will come in an unlocked package to allow overclocking support to enthusiasts. The processor rocks 25 MB of L3 cache (2.5 MB per core) and will be compatible with current generation X99 motherboards that feature the LGA 2011-v3 socket. The processor will retail at a price point of $1569 US (Box Pricing). Specifications of the rest of the family along with their official prices could be seen below:

Intel Broadwell-E Family

Processor NameIntel Core i7-6950XIntel Core i7-6900KIntel Core i7-6850KIntel Core i7-6800K
Process Node14nm14nm14nm14nm
Cores/Threads10/208/166/126/12
Core Clock3.00 GHz3.20 GHz3.60 GHz3.40 GHz
Boost Clock3.50 GHz3.70 GHz3.80 GHz3.60 GHz
L3 Cache25 MB L3 Cache20 MB L3 Cache15 MB L3 Cache15 MB L3 Cache
Unlocked Multiplier (BCLK OC)Yes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OCYes, Full Range OC
ChipsetX99X99X99X99
SocketLGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3LGA 2011-3
PCI-E Lanes40404028
Memory SupportDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHzDDR4-2400 MHz
TDP140W140W140W140W
Launch Price$1723 US$1089 US$617 US$434 US
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Intel Core i7-6950X vs Core i7-5960X Processor Performance Results

The Intel Core i7-6950X is once again being compared to the Core i7-5960X which is the fastest processor from the Haswell-E family. The addition of more cores resulted in a price bump by 50% since the Core i7-6950X will be retailing at a price of $1569 US compared to $999 US of the Core i7-5960X. Intel will be filling the $999 US bracket with the Core i7-6900K but whether users should upgrade to the much pricey 6950X will solely depend on its performance numbers.

A few weeks ago, we covered some performance numbers of the same chip which revealed that it has decent overclocking potential. It was benchmarked at 4.5 GHz but we cannot guarantee everyone these figures since the processor has yet to hit retail market. The Core i7-6950X does deliver incredible increase in performance with just two additional cores in multi-threaded applications. In gaming, most current gen titles don’t utilize the higher potential of multi-threaded or multi-core processors but with modern APIs, that is expected to change. The X99 platform offers higher longevity and shelve time due to which it looks like a great deal for most users who have the budget to build high-performance PCs.

Intel Core i7-6950X vs Core i7-5960X Benchmark Results by XFastest.

The chip was benchmarked at stock speeds against the Core i7-5960X (also at stock speeds). Performance figures from a few benchmarks such as CineBench and CPUMark reveal huge gains. The Core i7-6950X gets 19.74 points against 13.94 points of 5960X in Cinebench R11.5 while the chip scores 1852 Cinebench points against 1286 points of 5960X in Cinebench R15. You can see the rest of the benchmarks below:

ASUS Readies ROG Rampage V Edition 10 Motherboard For Broadwell-E

ASUS ROG Rampage V Edition 10 motherboard pictures by Next Hardware!

Last week, we showed you a range of new X99 motherboards from ASUS that were being developed for the Broadwell-E family. ASUS is also preparing a new flagship class motherboard known as the ROG Rampage V Edition 10 which is the successor to the ROG Rampage V motherboard. The ROG Rampage V Edition 10 has a similar and fancy looking lightning scheme as MSI’s upcoming X99A Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard.

Both motherboards are high-end designs with the best overclocking support and feature loaded designs for Broadwell-E processors. These boards also support Haswell-E processors so users will have a blast using either chip on these products. Expect to see lots of new X99 motherboards ready for Broadwell-E at Computex ’16.

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