IntelBX80662I56500
IntelBX80684I78700K

4 Cores, 4 Threads @3.2GHz, Skylake.
Release date: Q3 2015.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 429,439 user samples
110,378 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 64% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 41% Base clock 3.2 GHz
Poor: 41% Great: 64%
SPEED RANK: 205th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 57%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 66%
Battle cruiser
Workstation
Workstation 35%
Sail boat
319,061 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 109% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.35 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 77% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.05 GHz (avg)
Poor: 77% Great: 109%
SPEED RANK: 14th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
56.8 % 92.6 % Much faster effective speed.
+63%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
96.9 Pts 137 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+41%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
192 Pts 270 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+41%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
353 Pts 522 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+48%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
360 Pts 846 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+135%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
364 Pts 1059 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+191%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
110 Pts 155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+41%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
213 Pts 308 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+45%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
404 Pts 614 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+52%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
405 Pts 987 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+144%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
408 Pts 1224 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+200%
Market Share
Based on 19,404,473 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.66 % 2.07 % Hugely higher market share.
+214%
Value
Value For Money
68.1 % 87.6 % Better value.
+29%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
68 % 115 % Much more popular.
+69%
Price
Price (score)
$144 Much cheaper.
+58%
$340
Age
Newest
47 Months 22 Months Much more recent.
+53%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
95 Watts
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
4 cores 6 cores Much higher core count.
+50%
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
4 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+200%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.2 GHz 3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+16%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
3.6 GHz 4.7 GHz Much faster turbo frequency.
+31%
Series
CPU Architecture
Skylake Coffee Lake
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 FCLGA1151
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
HD 530 UHD 630
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q3'15 Q4'17
Cache
Cache
6 MB SmartCache 12 MB
Instruction Set Extensions
Instruction Set Extensions
SSE4.1/4.2, AVX 2.0 SSE4.1/4.2, AVX2
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
Yes No
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$192.00 - $202.00 N/A
Thermal Solution Specification
Thermal Solution Specification
PCG 2015C (65W) PCG 2015C (130W)
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-1866/2133, DDR3L-1333/1600 @ 1.35V DDR4-2666
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 530 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.05 GHz 1.20 GHz
Hyper-Threading Tech
Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology ‡
No Yes
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 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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