Real World Speed
Performance profile from 112,221 user samples
81,827 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% Base clock 4.9 GHz, turbo 6 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 74% Base clock 4 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 74% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 15th / 961
Gaming
Gaming 88%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 64%
Destroyer
30,394 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 80% Base clock 2.1 GHz, turbo 2.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 57% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Poor: 57% Great: 80%
SPEED RANK: 69th / 961
Gaming
Gaming 73%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 71%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Speed boat
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
87.8 % Faster effective speed.
+20%
73.4 % -20%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
123 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+22%
101 Pts -22%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
432 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+14%
380 Pts -14%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
646 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
+65%
391 Pts -65%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+21%
112 Pts -21%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
505 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+22%
415 Pts -22%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
730 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+75%
418 Pts -75%
Market Share
Based on 4,068,111 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
2.11 % Hugely higher market share.
+80%
1.17 % -80%
Value
Value For Money
83 % -12% 92.7 % Slightly better value.
+12%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
89 % More popular.
+19%
75 % -19%
Price
Price (score)
$339 -54% $156 Much cheaper.
+54%
Age
Newest
36 Months -42% 21 Months Much more recent.
+42%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
88 Watts -26% 65 Watts More energy efficient.
+26%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 0% 4 cores 0%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
8 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
4 threads -100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm -36% 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
4 GHz Faster base frequency.
+25%
3.2 GHz -25%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.4 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+22%
3.6 GHz -22%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
139 Pts Faster single-core int speed.
+29%
108 Pts -29%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
140 Pts Faster single-core fp speed.
+21%
116 Pts -21%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
511 Pts Faster quad-core int speed.
+26%
404 Pts -26%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
515 Pts Faster quad-core fp speed.
+19%
431 Pts -19%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
698 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+72%
405 Pts -72%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
736 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+71%
431 Pts -71%
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell (2013) Skylake (2015)
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1150 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 4600 HD 530
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q2'14 Q3'15
Cache
Cache
8 MB SmartCache 6 MB SmartCache
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
No Yes
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$339.00 - $350.00 $192.00 - $202.00
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI2 8 GT/s DMI3
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2013D PCG 2015C (65W)
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR3-1333/1600, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.5V DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V
Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory Bandwidth
25.6 GB/s 34.1 GB/s
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 4600 Intel® HD Graphics 530
Graphics Output
Graphics Output
eDP/DP/HDMI/DVI/VGA eDP/DP/HDMI/DVI
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.25 GHz 1.05 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
2 GB 64 GB
Graphics and IMC Lithography
Graphics and IMC Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
No Yes
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro Technology ‡
No Yes
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
No Yes
Trusted Execution Tech
Trusted Execution Technology ‡
No Yes

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