Best Motherboards for i7 6950x

Best Motherboards for i7 6950x – Intel has coined a new marketing term, “megatasking”, to describe situations that warrant having 10 cores and 20 threads. Not all software can take advantage of them, so Intel imagines users will do several things at once, such as playing a game, encoding video of it on the fly, and broadcasting live over the Internet. While users with such demands are exactly the kind to spend multiple lakhs on a gaming rig, the Core i7-6950X in particular serves a very, very tiny niche.

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The other selling point, lots of PCIe lanes to host multiple graphics cards, is largely pointless now that Nvidia has killed off multi-way SLI. If you’re only after the best gaming performance and don’t need to “megatask”, you’re actually better off with Skylake.

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If you do decide to go for it, Asus’ X99 Deluxe II is a worthy match to such a high-end CPU. We loved its feature set, especially the connectivity options. An investment now will do you well over the next several years. The only real downside is that you can get X99 motherboards for a lot less if you don’t want all the bells and whistles that Asus jammed in here.

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1.ASUS ROG Strix X299-E

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2.Asus ROG Strix TRX40-E

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3.ASUS ROG Rampage V Extreme

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4.Asus TUF X99 LGA2011-V3

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5.ASUS TUF H470-PRO

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6.ASUS TUF Z390-Plus

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7.ASUS TUF X570-PRO

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8.Asus TUF B365M-PLUS

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9.ASUS PRIME Z270-K LGA1151

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10.ASUS PRIME H270M-PLUS

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Best Motherboards for i7 6950x – BUYER’S GUIDE

Audio is handled by a high-end Realtec AC1150 codec which supports 192KHz/24-bit audio. Audio circuitry is isolated from the rest of the motherboard to reduce interference, with a dedicated power regulator. The Ethernet controllers are both from Intel, and bundled software lets you set priorities for different applications. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0.

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i7-6950X Overclocked Performance

Overclocking a 10-core processor ends up being a rather difficult task, and understandably so. The i7-6950X has a 140W TDP, just like the other LGA2011-3 enthusiast parts, but it hits that TDP by managing clock speeds. The maximum official clock of the 6950X is 3.5GHz, though Turbo Boost Max could potentially take a single core higher. Compare that to the i7-6700K’s 4.2GHz peak clock, or the i7-6850K’s 3.8GHz peak clock, and Intel is obviously lowering clocks on the 10-core part to keep power use in check.

The primary beneficiaries are the people who would be looking at buying workstations and servers with Xeon processors. But if you don’t need some of the extra features (remote management, ECC, RAS, etc.) found in such systems, and if you’d benefit more from higher clock speeds rather than pure core counts, the i7-6950X might prove an interesting alternative. It can also save on costs, though that’s not the primary consideration for most workstations.

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Frequently Asked Questions

how much money is your time worth?

Those who are looking to build a PC around the Core i7-6950X for whatever reason will find that the absolute minimum outlay required is around Rs. 3,00,000. The CPU, motherboard and RAM alone are going to cost over half of that amount, plus you’ll need a discrete graphics card (and there’s no point skimping there), a high-end power supply, a dedicated CPU cooler, at least one big NVMe SSD, and a solid cabinet to hold it all.

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WRAP UP

Performance results of Intel’s Core i7-6950X flagship processor have once again been revealed ahead of launch. XFastest is the source of the benchmarks this time who have tested the high-end desktop processor on the X99 platform which will be able to support the latest Broadwell-E family.

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