IntelBX80684I78700K
IntelBX80623I72600K

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

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

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

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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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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]

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