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Intel’s Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition
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Intel’s Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition 

The company’s 10-core Xeon CPU designed for servers has been around for about five years now, the Core i7-6950X now promises to bring more performance to desktop workstations.

The new chip runs at 3GHz. It has 25MB of cache and comes with Intel’s Turbo Boost 3.0 technology.

Most desktop users should be fine with Intel’s Core i5 and i7 chips. Intel also offers a choice of quad-core chips that provide various levels of power and performance combinations. The company’s Skylake Core i7-6700K desktop chip also offers enough speed for many people.

But for people looking for more, the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition could be the ticket.

The new chip is twice as fast as the quad-core i7 6700K when it comes to 3D rendering, and 35 percent faster than the last-gen Core i7-5960X, reports Engadget.

The Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition is 65 per cent faster that the same quad-core chip in editing 4K video and 25 per cent faster than the older i7 chip.

Gamers will find the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition 25 per cent faster than the 5960X when playing in 4K. It has 40 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes, 25MB of L3 cache, and Hyperthreading, and it does it all within the same 140W TDP as the other processors, according to ArsTechnica.

Perhaps the only “main downside,” according to the publication, is the CPU’s price tag. The Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition sells for US$1.723. That’s almost $700 more than the 8-core 6900K.

Are you really getting enough bang for your buck on this one?

“…you need to spend 60 per cent more money to get 25 per cent more cores; you could buy a capable quad-core gaming PC complete with monitor and operating system for less than the cost of the 6950X by itself,” says ArsTechnica’s Andrew Cunningham.“It’s not the same bang-for-the-buck you get with the 6800K, which costs around 28 per cent more than the i7-6700K (plus the price increases associated with the more expensive motherboards) but offers 50 per cent more cores.”

Still the Core i7-6950X Extreme Edition, according to Devindra Hardawar, of Engadget, puts Intel a step ahead of rival AMD, whose cheaper and current high-end processor tops out at eight cores.

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