Intel Core i7-6950X Overclocked To A Whopping 5.7GHz – See All The Details Here

Omar Sohail
Posted May 31, 2016
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Intel has a new 10-core Broadwell-E gaming chip that is only a few hours old, but overclockers have already nabbed it in order to see how far they can push the stock frequencies of the processor, which stand at 3.0GHz (Turbo Boost takes that speed up to 3.50GHz). Turns out that if you take extreme measures, then 10-core processors can reach a new frequency quite easily.

Intel Core-i7 6950X First Overclocked To 5.2GHz And Then taken To 5.7GHz

PCWorld has reported that during an overclocking event at the Computex 2016 trade show in Taipei on Tuesday, large tanks of liquid nitrogen stood on the ready to help overclockers keep the processors cool and to achieve their new speeds on the deca-core chip. Among them was Roman Hartung, who is a product engineer from Berlin’s CaseKing. After pouring liquid nitrogen continuously on top of the Broadwell-E chip, it was able to run at around -110 degrees Celsius, which is the coldest the chip will run, and if the temperature dropped any further, it would have shutdown to prevent any potential damage.

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According to the source, Intel Core i7-6950X was running at a speed of 5.2GHz, but the overclockers managed to push harder and reach the speed barrier of 5.7GHz. According to Hartung, the powerful chip is miles better than the Haswell-E Extreme Edition (Core i7-5960X), stating that if 6950X was running at a speed of 5.3GHz, it would have still beaten a Haswell-E Extreme Edition processor running at a speed of 5.8GHz, showing that the newly announced processor displays great gaming performance.

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Another overclocker who goes by the nickname LeeghoofD hopes the new Broadwell-E chips will help them beat all the previous overclocking records, many of which were achieved on 8-core processors. He reports his findings that since overclockers have not gotten their hands on a brand new Extreme Edition chip for a long time, it will obviously take them some getting used to when tweaking the settings to help it run stable.

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

“Overclockers haven’t had their hands on the new chips for long, and there’s a learning curve at the beginning with every new processor.”

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The processor will come in an unlocked package to allow overclocking support. The processor rocks 25 MB of L3 cache (2.5 MB per core). Intel will be asking a price of $1723 US for this processor which is an 1.72x increase over the previous flagship (Core i7-5960X). The Intel Core i7-6950X will pack 40 PCI-E lanes. The total TDP of the chip is rated at 140W. All Broadwell-E processors are designed to support quad channel memory clocked at 2400 MHz (native speeds). The CPU is Intel’s first and the world’s first deca-core processor so it’s beyond us why the company would price it ridiculously.

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