4 Cores, 8 Threads
@3.4GHz Sandy Bridge (2011)

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 84,794 user samples
38,291 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 55% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 1.1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 55% Great: 89%
SPEED RANK: 107th / 1052
Gaming 71%
Desktop 72%
Workstation 51%
46,503 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 127% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 93% Base clock 3.7 GHz
Poor: 93% Great: 127%
SPEED RANK: 5th / 1052
Gaming 110%
Desktop 107%
Workstation 97%
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Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
71 % 110 % Much faster effective speed.
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
101 Pts 140 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
348 Pts 537 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
511 Pts 1104 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
122 Pts 158 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
451 Pts 624 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
625 Pts 1263 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
Market Share
Based on 7,906,321 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.75 % 3.59 % Hugely higher market share.
Value For Money
66.8 % 105 % Much better value.
User Rating
UBM User Rating
74 % 142 % Hugely more popular.
Price (score)
$343 $330 +4%
86 Months 5 Months Hugely more recent.
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads 12 threads Much higher thread count.
Manufacturing process
32 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.4 GHz 3.7 GHz Slightly faster base frequency.
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.8 GHz 4.7 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
122 Pts 154 Pts Faster single-core int speed.
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
122 Pts 161 Pts Much faster single-core fp speed.
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
453 Pts 612 Pts Much faster quad-core int speed.
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
456 Pts 638 Pts Much faster quad-core fp speed.
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
603 Pts 1165 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
622 Pts 1336 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge (2011) Coffee Lake (2017)
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 FCLGA1151
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'11 Q4'17
8 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
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 i7-2600K Sandy Bridge processor is two generations old and nearly three years out of date. The numerous owners of this superb processor should feel in no hurry to upgrade as it's still one of the fastest consumer processors, even by today's standards. The benchmark figures indicate that in terms of real-world performance this processor is only 5% slower than the third generation Ivy Bridge i7-3770K, not bad considering its age. That said new buyers will find both better energy efficiency and marginal performance improvements elsewhere[Feb '12 CPUPro]


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]


Processor Rankings (Price vs Performance) March 2018 CPU Rankings.

We calculate effective speed which measures real world performance for typical consumers. Effective speed is adjusted by current prices to yield a value for money rating which is geared towards gamers. Our calculated values are checked against thousands of individual user ratings. The customizable table below combines these factors to bring you the definitive list of top CPUs. [CPUPro]


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