Intel
IntelBX80684I78700K

2 Cores, 4 Threads @3.1 GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date ≤ Q1 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 378,589 user samples
643 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 45% Base clock 3.1 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 28% Base clock 3.1 GHz
Poor: 28% Great: 45%
SPEED RANK: 523rd / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 40%
Jet ski
Desktop
Desktop 45%
Speed boat
Workstation
Workstation 20%
Surfboard
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
39.9 % 92.3 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+132%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
73.4 Pts 136 Pts Hugely faster single-core speed.
+85%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
128 Pts 267 Pts Hugely faster dual-core speed.
+109%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
187 Pts 516 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+176%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
190 Pts 835 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+339%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
81.8 Pts 155 Pts Hugely faster OC single-core speed.
+89%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
157 Pts 308 Pts Hugely faster OC dual-core speed.
+96%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
214 Pts 608 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
+184%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
214 Pts 984 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+360%
Market Share
Based on 22,645,051 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0 % 1.8 % Insanely higher market share.
+∞%
Value
Value For Money
52.1 % 86 % Much better value.
+65%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
50 % 150 % Hugely more popular.
+200%
Price
Price (score)
$105 Much cheaper.
+71%
$360
Age
Newest
71+ Months 26 Months Much more recent.
+63%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
215 Pts 1223 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+469%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
193 Pts 1051 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+445%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q2'11 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
3 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
32 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$134.00 N/A
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
1.1 GHz 1.20 GHz
Turbo Boost Tech
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
No 2.0
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
AES New Instructions
Intel® AES New Instructions
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 i7-8700K 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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