Intel Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition review – the V10 Broadwell-E is here

There were a lot or rumors about the Intel Broadwell-E CPUs, but this is the independence day, when all the info became public and you can read the Intel Core i7-6950X review. It’s the new flagship and the most awaited CPU as it brings 10 cores / 20 threads to the desktop market.

Intel-Core-i7-6950X-set

Let’s start with the beginning and check what exactly Intel released. We are talking about 4 new CPUs: i7-6800K, i7-6850K, i7-6900K and the mighty i7-6950X Extreme Edition.

Broadwell-E-CPUs

As above table shows, Intel diversified the LGA2011 offer by adding the 10-cores version which also comes almost double priced than the usual $999 of last flagships. Even more, i7-6900K, the replacement of i7-5960X, costs $1089 so we can’t talk about an aggressive pricing but about a price aggression.

Lately the word “VR” (Virtual Reality) is very often spoken so it’s clear where the trend is going. Now the same word appeared in Intel’s presentation of Broadwell-E family along with Gaming, Content Creation and Overclocking. Maybe the reason for the 4th CPU in the series is that a 4th word appeared in the list. :D

Intel-Core-i7-6950X-5960X

You can also compare the pins configuration:

Intel-Core-i7-6950X-pins

As the Skylake introduced a thinner PCB, let’s see how Broadwell-E stands here.

Intel-Core-i7-6950X-PCB

So BD-E has a thinner PCB than Haswell-E, but the HIS is a little taller, for compatibility with actual coolers.

 

Specs:

 

Intel Core i7-6950X

Intel Core i7-6900K

Intel Core i7-5960X

Codename

Broadwell-E

Broadwell-E

Haswell-E

Lithography

14nm

14nm

20nm

Socket

LGA2011-3

LGA2011-3

LGA2011-3

Base clock

3000 MHz

3200 MHz

3000 MHz

Boost

3500 MHz

3700 MHz

3500 MHz

Cores / Threads

10 / 20

8 / 16

8 / 16

Cache

25 MB

20 MB

20 MB

Memory

DDR4-2400

DDR4-2400

DDR4-2133

Memory architecture

Quad channel

Quad channel

Quad channel

PCIE Lanes

40

40

40

TDP

140 W

140 W

140 W

Chipset

X99

X99

X99

 

 

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