IntelBX80646I34160
IntelBX80684I78700K

2 Cores, 4 Threads @3.6GHz, Haswell.
Release date: Q3 2014.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 338,135 user samples
23,925 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 61% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 36% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 3.6 GHz (avg)
Poor: 36% Great: 61%
SPEED RANK: 326th / 1173
Gaming
Gaming 54%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 61%
Destroyer
Workstation
Workstation 32%
Sail boat
314,210 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 124% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.35 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 90% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.45 GHz (avg)
Poor: 90% Great: 124%
SPEED RANK: 25th / 1173
Gaming
Gaming 108%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 105%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 94%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
53.7 % 108 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+100%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
94.2 Pts 138 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+46%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
246 Pts 523 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+113%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
256 Pts 1063 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
+315%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
106 Pts 155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+46%
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
280 Pts 612 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
+119%
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
282 Pts 1234 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
+338%
Market Share
Based on 18,630,089 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.18 % 2.24 % Insanely higher market share.
+1,144%
Value
Value For Money
74.9 % 101 % Much better value.
+34%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
60 % 157 % Hugely more popular.
+162%
Price
Price (score)
$120 Much cheaper.
+66%
$350
Age
Newest
58 Months 21 Months Much more recent.
+64%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
54 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+43%
95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
2 cores 6 cores Hugely higher core count.
+200%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+200%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
22 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+36%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 3.7 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
+31%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
106 Pts 150 Pts Much faster single-core int speed.
+42%
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
107 Pts 159 Pts Much faster single-core fp speed.
+49%
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
266 Pts 599 Pts Hugely faster quad-core int speed.
+125%
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
285 Pts 636 Pts Hugely faster quad-core fp speed.
+123%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
267 Pts 1116 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
+318%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
286 Pts 1315 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
+360%
Series
CPU Architecture
Haswell Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1150 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 4400 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'14 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
3 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Lithography
Lithography
22 nm 14 nm
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$117.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
5 GT/s DMI2 8 GT/s DMI3
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2013C PCG 2015C (130W)
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 DDR4-2666
ECC Memory Supported
ECC Memory Supported ‡
Yes No
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 4400 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.15 GHz 1.20 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
2 GB 64 GB
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
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
Intel® Trusted Execution Technology ‡
No Yes
PCI Express Revision
PCI Express Revision
Up to 3.0 3.0
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
Up to 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4

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The Intel Core i3-4160 is a dual-core four threaded 4th generation (Haswell) processor. It was released in Q3 2014 and scores a respectable 91 for effective speed. With its base frequency of 3.6 GHz, the 4160 is fast enough to run the vast majority of applications smoothly and it’s very reasonably priced for its performance which make it a sensible choice even when considering building a gaming PC. Although the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4400 are absolutely fine for general desktop use such as web browsing and word processing they may bottleneck a gaming machine. A 20% price premium would buy the slightly older i3-4350 which has a 33% larger (4MB) cache but its only about 1% faster (full comparison here). Overall the i3-4160 represents the best value for money I have seen outside Intel's Pentium and Celeron range of CPUs. [Nov '14 CPUPro]

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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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