IntelBX80623I72600K
IntelBX80684I78700K

4 Cores, 8 Threads @3.4GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 196,873 user samples
56,788 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 86% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 4.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 55% Base clock 3.4 GHz
Poor: 55% Great: 86%
SPEED RANK: 148th / 1128
Gaming
Gaming 69%
Battle cruiser
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 50%
Yacht
140,085 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 91% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 91% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 9th / 1128
Gaming
Gaming 107%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 104%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
69.3 % 107 % Much faster effective speed.
+54%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
99.7 Pts 136 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+36%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
337 Pts 519 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+54%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
498 Pts 1073 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
+115%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
119 Pts 155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+30%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
440 Pts 611 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+39%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
608 Pts 1243 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
+104%
Market Share
Based on 10,932,422 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.52 % 3.67 % Hugely higher market share.
+606%
Value
Value For Money
63.1 % 98.8 % Much better value.
+57%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
67 % 149 % Hugely more popular.
+122%
Price
Price (score)
$375 $360 +4%
Age
Newest
92 Months 11 Months Hugely more recent.
+88%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 12 threads Much higher thread count.
+50%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+56%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
+9%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+24%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
119 Pts 150 Pts Faster single-core int speed.
+26%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
120 Pts 159 Pts Much faster single-core fp speed.
+32%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
435 Pts 594 Pts Much faster quad-core int speed.
+37%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
436 Pts 635 Pts Much faster quad-core fp speed.
+46%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
586 Pts 1146 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
+96%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
602 Pts 1318 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
+119%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'11 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
8 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
32 nm 14 nm
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI 8 GT/s DMI3
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3 1066/1333 DDR4-2666
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 3000 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
850 MHz 350 MHz
# of Displays Supported
# of Displays Supported ‡
2 3
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.35 GHz 1.20 GHz
Virtualization for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel® Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d) ‡
No Yes
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro™ Technology ‡
No Yes
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
No Yes
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
2.0 3.0

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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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