A leak of the benchmarks for Intel’s flagship Core i7-6950X has managed to find its way to the masses just a few weeks before the rumoured unveiling of Intel’s Broadwell-E lineup at Computex this year. The leak was posted on Overclock.net’s forums via a user called “Silicon Lottery”.
Rumour has it that the Intel Core i7-6950X will be shipping with 10 cores and 20 threads, which is significantly higher compared to the 8 Core, 16 thread Core i7-5960X. Aside from the number of cores and threads, both processors features almost similar base core clock speeds. Process technologies used for the Core i7-6950X are slightly smaller (14nm) compared to the Core i7-5960X (22nm).
Bear in mind that the processor used in the benchmark test by Silicon Lottery isn’t the Core i7-5960X, but rather its Xeon equivalent and performance difference between the two should be barely noticeable. When put at the highest overclock setting, the Core i7-6950X was able to hit a clock speed of 4.50GHz and scored a Cinebench R15 score of 2,327.
When overclocked to 4GHz, the Cinebench R15 scores for the Core i7-6950X were recorded at 1,904, which is 19% faster compared to the i7-5960X (also clocked at 4GHz). In addition, both processors were also benchmarked using the AIDA64 memory test. Interestingly, memory read speeds of both processors were almost identical; memory write speeds, however, turned out 37% faster on the Core i7-6950X. Oddly, the memory copy speeds of the Core i7-6950X were about 10.5% slower compared to the Core i7-5960X.
Despite this, it must be said that due to the fact that these are unofficial benchmarks of the Intel Core i7-6950X, it’s best to take it with a grain of salt. More benchmark scores and details can be found here.