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http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Processors/Intel-Core-i7-6950X-10-core-Broadwell-E-Review















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First, let’s talk about the positive side of the Core i7-6950X. It is clearly, and without a shred of doubt, the fastest consumer processor on the market. With the inclusion of Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, Intel was able to improve single-threaded performance enough to keep it within striking distance of the Core i7-6700K using Skylake, all while jamming in 10-cores for maximum performance on multi-threaded workloads. If you do video rendering, encoding or 3D work, the processing capability of this CPU will be a godsend. It’s also great that it still uses the X99 chipset, and most motherboards that exist will support the new Broadwell-E processors with only a firmware update.


Now, to the negative: PRICE! Intel had no solid answer as to why the company decided to charge as much for the 10-cores of the 6950X as they are, even when it was pointed out that the move from 6-core to 8-cores did not result in any kind of similar price hike. For a consumer processor, even a pro-sumer / power user, $1000 seems like a reasonable cap for prices; it was already more than we recommended for 95% of users so it’s hard to see this $1700 price point making it into anything other than our Dream system on the Leaderboard! Obviously every company is allowed to charge whatever they want for their products, I just don’t think the user base is prepared to pay it – even with the incredible performance it provides.

I tell you what Intel – you drop the price of the Core i7-6950X to $1000 and I’ll give it a recommendation for ultra-enthusiasts. Deal?
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Core i7 6950X / 6900K / 6850K & 6800K Processor Review
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You cannot beat the multi-core performance the Core i7 6950X processor offers, if only all software would benefit from 10-cores. That I'm afraid is not the case, and when you combine that with the new near 1,600 USD price tag, this release might be hard to swallow. Obviously you'll get three other choices as well, the 8 and two 6 core processors (which are priced much better). Remember, if you want to tweak then you can and the Core i7 6900K / 6850K and 6800K just make more sense there. The six-core 6850K and 6800K are probably the most interesting models if you are not the transcoding / raytracing / workstation type of user. Today, however, is all about that 10-core product, the Core i7 6950X. The processor is simply attractive from every way that you look at it aside from the price level. The 10 cores unleash a massive amount of performance with fairly fast per-core performance up-to a Turbo frequency of 3.5 GHz per core. Obviously there is room left to tweak. Reaching 4 GHz on the majority of cores would be ideal, up-to 4.5 GHz will be far more challenging, and will require tremendous cooling and sheer luck with a properly binned 'golden' processor. Bear in mind that you can use the Core i7 6950X processor in your current X99 motherboard if you already own one, however make sure you update your system BIOS to the latest revision prior to installing the processor. The Core i7 6950X needs a microcode update in the BIOS, if not present your system will not boot. With the top three SKUs offering 40 PCI Express Gen 3.0 lanes the hardcore multi-GPU discrete savvy users will be pleased. DDR4 memory up-to 128 GB can be installed. From A to Z it has been fun yet challenging benchmarking and tweaking the Core i7 6950X processor and X99 motherboard combo. What if you are already on Haswell-E? Well, there's little reason to upgrade really. In fact I'll even go a step further, if you have a fast quad-core Haswell like the Core i7 4790 or Skylake 6700K, even there from a gamers point of view moving to a 10 core system remains hard to explain. But yeah, this is the enthusiast level hardware we all like so very much. Products like these do not need explanation or justification. They're just there for the ones that want it. And I am one of these guys, I really do want one of these processors.

Last words then, the Core i7 6950X processor with its 10-cores is obviously expensive, not just as a processor, you will need to move to the X99 platform. But I already made that Gulftown remark, I still have such a 6-core system running. Massive core systems seem to last a long time. Likely if you go with something like tested today, it'll last you a good 5 years. We again grant Intel our best hardware award, we just love it...
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Quite impressed with the older chips holding up in performance. Might have to wait with my golden 4790k.

Good read! thumb.gif
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from the bench = 6700k finally reaching parity to 3970X in multi-treading lol
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An extra $700 for two more cores, geez. Those 2 extra cores won't matter for gaming though.
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Looks like 6700k still the most practical gaming CPU.

Anandtech review including 6800K, 6850K, 6900K, 6900X: http://www.anandtech.com/show/10337/the-intel-broadwell-e-review-core-i7-6950x-6900k-6850k-and-6800k-tested-up-to-10-cores

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From the reviews, how do you think the 6900k performs in comparison to the 5960X?
And is there a veredict on Overclock? Better or worse than Haswell-e?

Cheers!
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This is a good time to buy a second hand 5960x smile.gif

Overall its a great chip, but in that price tag, I wouldn't buy it unless loaded with money and I'm just there for overclocking and benchmarking.
For gaming, tbh, waste of money.
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waiting for a 2nd hand 5960x...
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