IntelBX80662I56500
IntelBX80684I78700K

4 Cores, 4 Threads
@3.2GHz Skylake (2015)

6 Cores, 12 Threads
@3.7GHz Coffee Lake (2017)

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 118,013 user samples
56,101 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 80% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 58% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 58% Great: 80%
SPEED RANK: 98th / 1089
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 72%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat
61,912 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 126% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.3 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 94% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 94% Great: 126%
SPEED RANK: 7th / 1089
Gaming
Gaming 111%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 107%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 97%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
73.5 % 110 % Much faster effective speed.
+50%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
101 Pts 140 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+39%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
381 Pts 537 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+41%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
391 Pts 1100 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
+181%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
112 Pts 157 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+40%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
415 Pts 621 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+50%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
420 Pts 1259 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
+200%
Market Share
Based on 8,436,789 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.79 % 4.05 % Hugely higher market share.
+413%
Value
Value For Money
85.4 % 105 % Better value.
+23%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
80 % 142 % Much more popular.
+78%
Price
Price (score)
$195 Much cheaper.
+41%
$330
Age
Newest
31 Months 6 Months Hugely more recent.
+81%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+200%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+16%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
+31%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
109 Pts 154 Pts Much faster single-core int speed.
+41%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
116 Pts 160 Pts Much faster single-core fp speed.
+38%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
406 Pts 610 Pts Much faster quad-core int speed.
+50%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
429 Pts 636 Pts Much faster quad-core fp speed.
+48%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
407 Pts 1159 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
+185%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
431 Pts 1331 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
+209%
Series
CPU Architecture
Skylake (2015) Coffee Lake (2017)
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 530 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'15 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
6 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
Yes No
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$192.00 - $202.00 N/A
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015C (65W) PCG 2015C (130W)
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V DDR4-2666
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.05 GHz 1.20 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4

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The i7-8700K is Intel’s latest, top of the range, 8th generation Coffee Lake processor. Like Kaby Lake and Sky Lake before that, Coffee Lake is based on Intel’s 14nm architecture which has been slightly optimized on each iteration. Following AMD’s modus operandi, Intel has upped the cores and threads across the range of their CPUs. In previous generations, a 6-core processor would have been a high-end desk-top (HEDT) processor, however the i7-8700K is the first Intel CPU with 6 cores and 12 threads to be classified (and priced) as a mainstream consumer processor. Specifically, the i7-8700K features a base clock speed of 3.7 GHz which boosts to 4.7 GHz (4.5 GHz for the previous generation i7-7700k), 12MB of smart (L3) cache and 2 channels of DDR4 RAM. The majority of the performance improvements over the 7th generation stem from the higher core count which results in a 50% increase in multi-core speed between the i7-7700k and i7-8700k. A new motherboard will need to be factored into the budget when upgrading to the 8700K as it requires a new Intel Z370 chipset which has supposedly been designed to better deliver power to CPUs with a greater number of cores. Also available in this latest release of CPUs is the 6 core 6 thread i5-8600k which is a more rational option (around $100 cheaper) for the vast majority of users that don’t require hyper-threading. Sandy bridge owners can finally justify an upgrade but with the next iteration of AMD's Zen architecture just around the corner the CPU market will be a lot faster moving now that Intel, once again, has to compete. [Sep '17 CPUPro]

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