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IntelBX80684I78700K

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 477,748 user samples
99,802 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 95% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 81% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 2.85 GHz (avg)
Poor: 81% Great: 95%
SPEED RANK: 30th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 90%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 76%
Battleship
377,946 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 78% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 78% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
88.8 % 92.3 % +4%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
131 Pts 136 Pts +4%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
258 Pts 267 Pts +3%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
496 Pts 516 Pts +4%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
813 Pts 835 Pts +3%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts 155 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+14%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
271 Pts 308 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+14%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
541 Pts 608 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+12%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
880 Pts 984 Pts Slightly faster OC octa-core speed.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 22,641,434 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
3.34 % Hugely higher market share.
+88%
1.78 %
Value
Value For Money
98.6 % Slightly better value.
+15%
86 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
160 % Slightly more popular.
+7%
150 %
Price
Price (score)
$190 Much cheaper.
+47%
$360
Age
Newest
5 Months Hugely more recent.
+81%
26 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
12 threads 12 threads
Lithography
Manufacturing process
7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.2 GHz 4.7 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+12%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
1132 Pts 1223 Pts Slightly faster OC 64-core speed.
+8%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
1051 Pts 1051 Pts
Series
CPU Architecture
Zen2 Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
AM4 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
None UHD 630
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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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