Intel Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor (Retail)

Intel Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor (Retail)

Intel Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor (Retail)

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  • 10 Cores & 20 Threads
  • 3.0 GHz Clock Speed
  • 4.0 GHz Maximum Turbo Frequency
  • LGA 2011-v3 Socket
  • 25MB Intel Smart Cache
  • No Integrated Graphics
  • DDR4-2400/2133 Memory
  • Supports up to 128GB of Memory
  • AES New Instructions
  • 6th Generation (Skylake)
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Intel i7-6950 overview

  • 1Description

The Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor from Intel has a base clock speed of 3.0 GHz and comes with features such as Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 and Intel Hyper-Threading technology. With Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, the maximum turbo frequency this processor can achieve is 4.0 GHz. Additionally, this processor features 10 cores with 20 threads in an LGA 2011-v3 socket and has 25MB of Intel Smart Cache memory. Having 10 cores allows the processor to run multiple programs simultaneously without slowing down the system, while the 20 threads allow a basic ordered sequence of instructions to be passed through or processed by a single CPU core. This processor also supports up to 128GB of DDR4-2400/2133 RAM, has AES New Instructions, 14nm lithography, and utilizes 6th Generation (Skylake) technology.

Graphically, the Intel Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor does not contain an integrated graphics controller, meaning that users will need to purchase a dedicated graphics card of their choice. This processor is also unlocked, meaning that it can be overclocked past its maximum turbo frequency. However, overclocking past the maximum turbo frequency is not recommended. Not only will it cause the processor to run much hotter, it will also void the limited 3-year warranty.

Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0
Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 identifies the best performing core(s) on a processor and provides increased performance on those cores through increasing frequency as needed by taking advantage of power and thermal headroom
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology dynamically increases the processor's frequency as needed by taking advantage of thermal and power headroom to give you a burst of speed when you need it, and increased energy efficiency when you don't
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology (Intel HT Technology) delivers two processing threads per physical core. Highly threaded applications can get more work done in parallel, completing tasks sooner
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) continues from the existing support for IA-32 (VT-x) and Itanium processor (VT-i) virtualization adding new support for I/O-device virtualization. Intel VT-d can help end users improve security and reliability of the systems and also improve performance of I/O devices in virtualized environments
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT), also known as Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), provides acceleration for memory intensive virtualized applications. Extended Page Tables in Intel Virtualization Technology platforms reduces the memory and power overhead costs and increases battery life through hardware optimization of page table management
Intel 64
Intel 64 architecture delivers 64-bit computing on server, workstation, desktop, and mobile platforms when combined with supporting software. Intel 64 architecture improves performance by allowing systems to address more than 4GB of both virtual and physical memory
Idle States
Idle States (C-states) are used to save power when the processor is idle. C0 is the operational state, meaning that the CPU is doing useful work. C1 is the first idle state, C2 the second, and so on, where more power saving actions are taken for numerically higher C-states
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology is an advanced means of enabling high performance while meeting the power-conservation needs of mobile systems. Conventional Intel SpeedStep Technology switches both voltage and frequency in tandem between high and low levels in response to processor load. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology builds upon that architecture using design strategies such as Separation between Voltage and Frequency Changes, and Clock Partitioning and Recovery
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology combines the fast performance of a small solid state drive with the large capacity of a hard disk drive
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel AES New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) are a set of instructions that enable fast and secure data encryption and decryption. AES-NI are valuable for a wide range of cryptographic applications, for example: applications that perform bulk encryption/decryption, authentication, random number generation, and authenticated encryption
Execute Disable Bit
Execute Disable Bit is a hardware-based security feature that can reduce exposure to viruses and malicious-code attacks and prevent harmful software from executing and propagating on the server or network
UPC: 735858318044
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Intel Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor (Retail)
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Intel i7-6950 specs

    General
    CPU Model Intel Core i7-6950X
    CPU Socket LGA 2011 v3
    Manufacturing Process 14 nm
    Maximum CPU Configuration 1S
    Maximum Number of PCIe Lanes 40 (Revision 3.0)
    Performance
    Number of Cores 10
    Number of Threads 20
    Base Clock Speed 3.0 GHz
    Maximum Boost Speed 4.0 GHz
    L2 Cache Not Specified by Manufacturer
    L3 Cache 25 MB
    Memory Support
    Maximum Capacity 128 GB
    Memory Support DDR4 2133, 2400 MHz
    ECC Memory No
    Channel Architecture Quad Channel
    Power
    Thermal Design Power (TDP) 140 W
    Thermal Solution Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Technology
    AES Support Yes
    Extension Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Instruction Set 64-Bit
    Virtualization Yes: Intel VT-d, Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
    Integrated Graphics
    Graphics Chipset None
    Intel
    Performance Technologies Hyper-Threading, SpeedStep, Turbo Boost 2.0, Turbo Boost Max 3.0
    Security Technologies Execute Disable Bit
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.0 x 1.7"

    Intel i7-6950 reviews

    Core i7-6950X 3.0 GHz Ten-Core LGA 2011-v3 Extreme Edition Processor (Retail) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bad boy of a chip It's expensive but it does perform really well. It's great if you are a content creator, and for me, works great with the latest Adobe CC apps which fully utilize the 10 cores and 20 threads. If you're a gamer only, you do not need this chip. Make sure you have a compatible and updated bios X99 motherboard in order to run this and also overclock. I was able to overclock my CPU to 4.2GHz at 1.25v on all 10 cores. I could've gone for 4.3GHz but I didn't want to pump more voltage to a very expensive CPU for everyday use.
    Date published: 2016-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10-core extreme powerhouse! This is the centerpiece to my new rig, and boy does it have legs! I had it decently overclocked to 4.2GHz across all cores, and with 128gb of RAM to run along side the MoBo, I am fairly comfortable in rendering and editing at types of media content without the fear of bottlenecking somewhere. The cost of entry may be scary at first, but this is really all about the type of power your need for all your processing needs. I will be working with heavy duty programs and I just didn't see the point in getting middle of the road parts that will only last a short while before I run out of headroom. This should keep things moving along nicely for the foreseeable future! No regrets, just a lot of smiles and effective workflow.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth it? If you are considering this processor, you no doubt have noticed the remarkable price jump from a 6 or even and 8 core processor. But if you are trying to squeeze everything you can out of your single processor mother board, this is clearly a remarkable processor for you. Make sure you NEED all 10 cores before you ante up. Only a few programs fully utilize this power, and if you aren't using one of those, then this processor is a waste of money. Along that same line, it appears that Intel slows down the base clock speed for the entire chip as it adds cores - I am sure it has to do with heat. So be aware of that also as you consider this chip. And, don't consider this chip unless you are willing to install a liquid CPU cooling system. At this moment, my 10 cores are running at 20 degrees Celsius with my liquid cooler, but with Maxwell fully running, the temperature IMMEDIATELY jumps to 40 - 43 degrees Celsius. It clocks at 3 GHZ out of the box, but without any overclocking I notice that it is running at 3.35 - 3.4 GHZ when I am running a Maxwell Render (one of those programs that will grab every available core it can). I have a MSI motherboard and in the next week or two (after I am sure all is well),I will begin to see about overclocking.
    Date published: 2016-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow a demon on wheels If you really are serious about the CPU you put in your build then stop right here. Per it with a new motherboard do not just drop it into an old one serious if you can afford this cpu you can buy a new Motherboard. What I am doing is building a super machine I do this every two years but because Intel took so long to release this CPU it will have all the latest teck on it. I love how fast this cpu acts with all the rest of equipment I have. Make your next build a super build.
    Date published: 2016-07-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reasonable video encoding CPU Very reasonable CPU for running small video encoding jobs / small scale photo processing / some 3D and etc. This CPU is expected to be overclocked a bit. Expect that CPU to go up to 4Ghz with reasonable temperature and voltage. Intel sells for another $50 the Overclock Performance Tuning Protection Plan for that CPU. So, there should be no fear to overclock it a bit. Realistically, do not expect significantly more for 24/7 operation, as day-long AVX2 workloads of video encoding are very demanding and heat producing. When overclocked, single core performance is very good and on-par with it's smaller brothers. Overclocked, multi-core performance it's about as fast as 16-20 core Xeons (which has more cores but slower base speed and no ability to overclock). Obviously, multi-socket monster Xeon (>24 cores) machines are out of reach of this CPU.
    Date published: 2017-01-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overkill!!!!!!!!! If you can afford it, This IS the one. All Super Geeks take note. If you have considered Zeon technology because desktop hardware is just not powerful enough, this will foot the bill. Just make sure you get the rest of the hardware to match.
    Date published: 2017-05-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fastest one!!! Best Processor ever!!!
    Date published: 2016-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast! Just Great!
    Date published: 2016-12-15
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