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Gaming Performance

The Core i7-6950X is aimed on professional tasks, not on gaming. However, as many hardware gamers can be thinking about buying it, we test it on games too. We pick two games that we know demand a lot of CPU power, since most games simply don’t take advantage of a high-end CPU, as we proved in our article “Is a high-end CPU a real need for a gaming computer?

Dirt Rally

Dirt Rally is an off-road racing game released in April 2015, using Ego engine. To measure performance using this game, we ran the performance test included in the game, in 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and image quality configured as “medium” and MSAA off.

The results below are expressed in frames per second (fps).

Core i7-6950X benchmark

On Dirt Rally, the Core i7-6950X was 10% faster than the Core i7-5960X.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V, or simply GTA V, is an open-world action game released for PCs in April of 2015, using the RAGE engine. In order to measure the performance on this game, we ran the performance test of the game, measuring the framerate with FRAPS. We ran GTA V at Full HD, with image quality set as “normal” and MSAA off.

The results below are expressed in frames per second.

Core i7-6950X benchmark

On GTA V, the Core i7-6950X was 7% faster than the Core i7-5960X.