IntelBX80623I52500K
$246
AMDYD170XBCAEWOF
 $246 

4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.3GHz, Sandy Bridge.
Release date: Q1 2011.

8 Cores, 16 Threads @3.4GHz, Zen.
Release date: Q1 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 108,424 user samples
69,535 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 89% Base clock 3.3 GHz, turbo 5.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 52% Base clock 3.3 GHz
Poor: 52% Great: 89%
SPEED RANK: 128th / 1137
Gaming
Gaming 71%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 70%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 43%
Speed boat
38,889 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 99% Base clock 4.05 GHz
Worst Bench: 76% Base clock 3.4 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 76% Great: 99%
SPEED RANK: 38th / 1137
Gaming
Gaming 89%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 86%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 95%
Nuclear submarine
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
71 % 88.6 % Faster effective speed.
+25%
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
98.7 Pts 105 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+6%
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
366 Pts 413 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+13%
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
374 Pts 1164 Pts Hugely faster multi-core speed.
+211%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
122 Pts +4% 117 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
469 Pts +1% 466 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
474 Pts 1318 Pts Hugely faster OC multi-core speed.
+178%
Market Share
Based on 12,269,894 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.7 % Slightly higher market share.
+15%
0.61 %
Value
Value For Money
75.6 % 114 % Much better value.
+50%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
70 % 111 % Much more popular.
+59%
Price
Price (score)
$246 $150 Much cheaper.
+39%
Age
Newest
94 Months 20 Months Much more recent.
+79%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 8 cores Hugely higher core count.
+100%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 16 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+300%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
32 nm 14 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+56%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.3 GHz 3.4 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.7 GHz 3.8 GHz +3%
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
122 Pts Slightly faster single-core int speed.
+9%
112 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
122 Pts 122 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
471 Pts Slightly faster quad-core int speed.
+6%
446 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
472 Pts 486 Pts +3%
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
472 Pts 1276 Pts Hugely faster multi-core int speed.
+170%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
475 Pts 1334 Pts Hugely faster multi-core fp speed.
+181%
Series
CPU Architecture
Sandy Bridge Zen
Socket
Motherboard Socket
LGA1155 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 3000 None
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