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Intel Core i7 6950X vs AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

We compared two desktop CPUs: the 3 GHz Intel Core i7 6950X with 10-cores against the 3.7 GHz AMD Ryzen 7 2700X with 8-cores. On this page, you'll find out which processor has better performance in benchmarks, games and other useful information.

NanoReview Review

General overview and comparison of the processors
Single-Core Performance
Performance in single-threaded apps and benchmarks
Performance
Measure performance when all cores are involved
Power Consumption
The efficiency score of electricity consumption
NanoReview Final Score
Generic CPU rating

Key Differences

What are the key differences between 2700X and 6950X
Advantages of Intel Core i7 6950X
  • Supports up to 128 GB DDR4-2133 RAM
  • Supports quad-channel memory
  • Has 9 MB larger L3 cache size
  • Has 2 physical cores more than the 2700X
Advantages of AMD Ryzen 7 2700X
  • Unlocked multiplier
  • Newer - released 1 year and 11 months later
  • Consumes up to 25% less energy than the Core i7 6950X – 105 vs 140 Watt
  • More modern manufacturing process – 12 versus 14 nanometers
  • 23% higher Turbo Boost frequency (4.3 GHz vs 3.5 GHz)

Benchmarks

Comparing the performance of CPUs in benchmarks
Cinebench R20 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
4939
Passmark CPU (Single-Core)
Passmark CPU (Multi-Core)
20109
Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
9384

Specs

Full technical specification of Intel Core i7 6950X and AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

General

Vendor Intel AMD
Released May 30, 2016 April 19, 2018
Launch price 1723 USD 329 USD
Type Desktop Desktop
Codename Broadwell E Zen+
Model number i7-6950X -
Socket LGA-2011-3 AM4
Integrated GPU No No

Performance

Cores 10 8
Threads 20 16
Base Frequency 3 GHz 3.7 GHz
Turbo Boost Frequency 3.5 GHz 4.3 GHz
Bus frequency 100 MHz 100 MHz
Multiplier 30x 37x
L1 Cache 32K (per core) 96K (per core)
L2 Cache 256K (per core) 512K (per core)
L3 Cache 25MB (shared) 16MB (shared)
Unlocked Multiplier No Yes

Power

Transistors - 4.8 billions
Fabrication Process 14 nm 12 nm
TDP 140 W 105 W
Max. temperature - 85°C

Memory support

Memory types DDR4-2133 DDR4-2933
Memory Size 128 GB 64 GB
Max. Memory Channels 4 2
Max. Memory Bandwidth - 43.71 GB/s
EEC Support No Yes

Misc

Official site Intel Core i7 6950X official page AMD Ryzen 7 2700X official page
PCI Express Version 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Lanes 40 20

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Comments

So which CPU will you choose: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X or Intel Core i7 6950X?