IntelBX80684I78700K
IntelBX80684I58400

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

6 Cores, 6 Threads @2.8GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 144,716 user samples
117,504 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 93% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.2 GHz (avg)
Poor: 93% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 7th / 1122
Gaming
Gaming 108%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 105%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 96%
Nuclear submarine
27,212 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 94% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 3.8 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 80% Base clock 2.8 GHz, turbo 0.75 GHz (avg)
Poor: 80% Great: 94%
SPEED RANK: 32nd / 1122
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 65%
Destroyer
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
108 % Faster effective speed.
+21%
89.4 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
138 Pts Faster single-core speed.
+18%
117 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
525 Pts Faster quad-core speed.
+16%
454 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1083 Pts Much faster multi-core speed.
+65%
657 Pts
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+26%
123 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
615 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+29%
477 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1234 Pts Much faster OC multi-core speed.
+76%
703 Pts
Market Share
Based on 10,346,816 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
4.1 % Hugely higher market share.
+166%
1.54 %
Value
Value For Money
103 % 107 % +4%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
143 % More popular.
+28%
112 %
Price
Price (score)
$330 $180 Much cheaper.
+45%
Age
Newest
10 Months 10 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
6 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz Much faster base frequency.
+32%
2.8 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.7 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+17%
4 GHz
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
151 Pts Faster single-core int speed.
+28%
118 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
160 Pts Faster single-core fp speed.
+25%
128 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
595 Pts Faster quad-core int speed.
+29%
462 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
635 Pts Faster quad-core fp speed.
+27%
499 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
1140 Pts Much faster multi-core int speed.
+68%
678 Pts
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
1316 Pts Much faster multi-core fp speed.
+78%
739 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 UHD 630
Cache
Cache
12 MB 9 MB
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015C (130W) PCG 2015C (65W)
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.20 GHz 1.05 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
Yes No
TSX-NI
Intel® TSX-NI
Yes No
vPro Tech
Intel® vPro™ Technology ‡
Yes No
Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel® Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Yes No
Trusted Execution Tech
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
Yes No

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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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The i5-8400 is a competitively priced hex-core processor from Intel’s 8th generation of Core processors (Coffee Lake). Along with the release of the unlocked i5-8600K, this is the first time that six-core processors have featured in the i5 line-up. Like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8400 is based upon an improved version of Intel’s 14nm architecture which featured in both Skylake and Kaby Lake. Early benchmarks reveal that for average quad core usage (most games employ a maximum of four cores) the i5-8400 performs way above its pay grade. It achieves quad core mixed speeds close to Intel’s outgoing 2017 flagship the $300, quad-core, 8 thread i7-7700k, which to date has been a strong favourite for high-end gaming setups. On paper, the i5-8400 has a base clock of 2.8 GHz (Intel are significantly downplaying the performance of this SKU by giving it a relatively low nominal base clock), an all core boost of 3.8 GHz (this is the effective base clock figure that counts) and a single core boost of 4 GHz. This compares reasonably well to the i5-8600K which has a base clock of 3.6 GHz, all core boost of 4.1 GHz and a single core boost of 4.3 GHz. The i5-8400 also features 9MB of L3 cache and an energy-thrifty TDP of 65W. Priced at under $190, the i5-8400 offers fantastic value for money. Unfortunately, like the other Coffee Lake processors, the i5-8400 will require a new 300 series motherboard, and at the time of writing, the only available version is Intel’s high-end Z370 which isn't an ideal pairing for the i5-8400. The Z series motherboards are designed to cater for the unlocked and overclockable "K" SKUs. Cheaper 300 series motherboards will be available in 2018 at which time the 8400 will offer even better value for money. [Oct '17 CPUPro]

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