Intel’s Core i7-6950X Is a 10 Cores Wonder

Intel has made a groundbreaking announcement this week by revealing its new Core i7-6950X, which features no less than 10 cores. Was it necessary for Intel to come up with such a big number of cores? Probably not. But should we still be impressed by their accomplishment? Definitely!

"Core i7-6950X "

All four new chips are compatible with existing and new X99-based motherboards.

For the majority of users, and even for gamers, this new product isn’t of much interest. Most games are optimized for two cores use, so there’s no need to level up to ten. And unless you’re doing raw number crunching, you’re probably not going to need 10 cores either.

But Intel addresses to the beyond average user with this new Broadwell-E architecture processor. It’s now the crown jewel of the “Extreme” line, which holds the fastest and most expensive chips.

Together with the Core i7-6950X, Intel has revealed three other models for not so picky users. Consumers can enjoy top quality at 6 and 8 cores as well. Here are the other three processors worth looking into:

Intel Core i7 6900K

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency – up to 3.7 GHz
  • Cores per Thread – 8/16
  • Cache – 20MB
  • PCI Express 3.0 Lanes – 40
  • Memory Support – 4 channels DDR4-2400

Intel Core i7 6850K

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency – up to 3.8 GHz
  • Cores per Thread – 6/12
  • Cache – 15MB
  • PCI Express 3.0 Lanes – 40
  • Memory Support – 4 channels DDR4-2400

Intel Core i7 6800K

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency – 3.4 GHz
  • Cores per Thread – 6/12
  • Cache – 15MB
  • Memory Support – 4 channels DDR4-2400

But the one that steals the show, the Core i7-6950X, has some impressive features:

  • Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 Frequency – up to 3.5 GHz
  • Cores per Thread – 10/20
  • Cache – 25MB
  • Memory Support – 4 channels DDR4-2400

All four new chips are compatible with existing and new X99-based motherboards. To run the chip, the BIOS has to be updated.

As for the price, you’d better sit down before you read what’s next. If you want the big player, and we’re talking about the Core i7-6950X, you have to pay $1,723. You might think the lesser models would be more affordable, but they’re still pricey. The 8-core Intel Core i7 6900K is $1,089; the 6-core i7 6850K comes at $647, and the ‘tiny” 6-core i7 6800K costs $434. It’s time to start saving up if you want to brag about your new 10 cores processor.

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