Real World Speed
Performance profile from 101,563 user samples
101,563 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 117% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 100% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 2.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 100% Great: 117%
SPEED RANK: 50th / 1452
Gaming
Gaming 109%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 110%
UFO
Workstation
Workstation 111%
UFO
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
109 % +2% 107 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
80 Pts 82.7 Pts +3%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Speed
194 Pts +5% 185 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Speed
382 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+5%
363 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Speed
736 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+5%
701 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Speed
1223 Pts +2% 1,199 Pts
Memory
OC Memory Latency
91.1 Pts 92.3 Pts +1%
1-Core
OC Single Core Speed
207 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+6%
196 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Speed
416 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+7%
387 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Speed
813 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+7%
757 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Speed
1367 Pts +5% 1,303 Pts
Market Share
Based on 68,075,134 CPUs tested
User Rating
UBM User Rating
98 % +3% 95.2 %
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.95 % 1 % Slightly higher market share.
+6%
Price
Price (score)
$164 Cheaper.
+27%
207 USD
Value
Value For Money
126 % Slightly better value.
+5%
120 %
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
125 Watts 98.3 Watts More energy efficient.
+27%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
10 cores 10.7 cores Slightly higher core count.
+7%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
16 threads 17.3 threads Slightly higher thread count.
+8%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
10 nm 9.78 nm +2%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+13%
3.28 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.9 GHz +1% 4.87 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Speed
1926 Pts 2,062 Pts Slightly faster OC 64-core speed.
+7%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Speed
1743 Pts 1,932 Pts Faster 64-core speed.
+11%
Age
Newest
31 Months +3% 31.9 Months
Series
CPU Architecture
Alder Lake   —
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1700   —
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 770   —
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