Rounding up the i7-6950X reviews

Subject: Processors | June 3, 2016 - 04:55 PM |
Tagged: X99, video, Intel, i7-6950X, core i7, Core, Broadwell-E, Broadwell

You have seen our take on the impressively powerful and extremely expensive i7-6950X but of course we were not the only ones to test out Intel's new top of the line processor.  Hardware Canucks focused on the difference between the  ~$1700 i7-6950X and the ~$1100 i7-6900K.  From synthetic benchmarks such as AIDA through gaming at 720p and 1080p, they tested the two processors against each other to see when it would make sense to spend the extra money on the new Broadwell-E chip.  Check out what they thought of the chip overall as well as the scenarios where they felt it would be full utilized.

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"10 cores, 20 threads, over $1700; Intel's Broadwell-E i7-6950X delivers obscene performance at an eye-watering price. Then there's the i7-6900K which boasts all the same niceties in a more affordable package."

Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:


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June 3, 2016 | 06:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The "uncore" has gotten quite large these days. On these Zeon class processors, does the uncore still contain things like hardware accelerated video decode, or does that only come with integrated graphics? The memory controller is on the opposite side of the die, which seems a bit strange. I would think a lot of traffic would be going between the uncore and the memory controller due to DMA between IO devices, especially copy to video card. They also appear to have a black area on the right. Is that totally unused? Perhaps a side effect of this being a cut down design from a larger version. I am still a bit surprised that the uncore takes that much area though. On this 10-core chip, would it still have 3 QPI links for inter-processor communication? I guess it will have quite a few PCI-e links which could take a lot of area to support operation at gen3 speeds.

June 3, 2016 | 07:41 PM - Posted by Shane (not verified)

I consider myself an enthusiast(own a 5960x OC'd and sli), But damn Intel.
You just priced me out of the market for sure, A whopping AU$2579 compared to $1209(now $1549) for the 5960X I paid back in 2014.
More than double the price just for those 2 extra cores with stuff all performance increase,
AMD now is your chance if ever there was one!
Honestly don't see anyone but full time you tubers getting this sucker now, Looks like it's back to the second best chip from now on for me, That extra $1k is better spent on a new gpu or m.2 drive.

June 3, 2016 | 09:01 PM - Posted by Butthurt Beluga

For $999 USD like the 5960X, oh definitely.
But for $1700+, Intel can shove that CPU right where the sun don't shine.

June 3, 2016 | 10:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

$1,723/10 = $172.30 per core!

$172.30 of wallet busting profit milking up the wazoo from the chip pimps at Intel!

Zen is coming!

So stuff those 10 cores far into your dark side Chipzilla!

June 4, 2016 | 03:46 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

How many Motorola 68000 would cost your Zen attitude?

Actually Intel doesn't care about your third world wallet...

June 4, 2016 | 10:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My wallet is Fat enough to afford $1700.00+ dollars(That's walking around money for me), but I'm no fool and 10 lousy cores for for that much, when GPU's give thousands of cores for a few hundred dollars. Really, No one's CPU cores are worth that much. But I’m no fool and the very reason I have the cash is that I never spend it on any Mook level of compute that any CPU provides, the money is much better spent on some good old affordable GPU SKUs from AMD, and Zen will be much more affordable on the Price/Performance metric with respect to what a CPU can provide.

Just because the gaming software ecosystem is currently wedded to the single core IPC performance metric on DX11/earlier APIs does not mean that it is going to stay that way forever, and with the DX12/Vulkan APIs moving gaming onto more cores across and multicore CPUs, and Multi-adaptor GPU functionality becomes more in use, expect there to be even less reliance on any maker's CPU cores going forward for gaming, and especially VR gaming, where more of the gaming compute as well as the gaming graphics will be done on the GPU's thousands of cores!

The real peasants are the ones that let Intel/Nvidia take all of there cash, leaving the fools with nothing left over to feed their growling stomachs!

June 4, 2016 | 10:25 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Edit: and multicore
To: any multicore

June 3, 2016 | 10:07 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Yeah as an X99 user this crap just makes me want to play with Zen.

July 2, 2016 | 11:27 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I was going to buy it but after reading the reviews? noooooooo 2 extra cores isn't worth the price tag and at this point I don't care how many cinebench points it scores

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