Intel
IntelBX80684I78700K
  

2 Cores, 4 Threads @2.60 GHz, Kaby Lake.
Release date ≈ Q1 2017.

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

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 390,463 user samples
10,383 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 59% Base clock 2.7 GHz, turbo 3.5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 31% Base clock 2.7 GHz, turbo 2.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 31% Great: 59%
SPEED RANK: 355th / 1203
Gaming
Gaming 50%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 56%
Gunboat
Workstation
Workstation 25%
Surfboard
380,080 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 78% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 78% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 20th / 1203
Gaming
Gaming 92%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
50 % 92.5 % Hugely faster effective speed.
+85%
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
89.7 Pts 136 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+52%
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
161 Pts 268 Pts Much faster dual-core speed.
+66%
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
240 Pts 516 Pts Hugely faster quad-core speed.
+115%
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
243 Pts 836 Pts Hugely faster octa-core speed.
+244%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
108 Pts 155 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+44%
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
197 Pts 308 Pts Much faster OC dual-core speed.
+56%
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
287 Pts 607 Pts Hugely faster OC quad-core speed.
+111%
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
288 Pts 983 Pts Hugely faster OC octa-core speed.
+241%
Market Share
Based on 22,395,104 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.08 % 2 % Insanely higher market share.
+2,400%
User Rating
UBM User Rating
59 % 149 % Hugely more popular.
+153%
Age
Newest
34+ Months 26 Months More recent.
+24%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
290 Pts 1218 Pts Hugely faster OC 64-core speed.
+320%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
245 Pts 1044 Pts Hugely faster 64-core speed.
+326%
Launch Date
Launch Date
Q1'17 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
Embedded Options Available
Embedded Options Available
Yes No
Recommended Price
Recommended Customer Price
$281.00 N/A
Bus Speed
Bus Speed
4 GT/s OPI 8 GT/s DMI3
Max Memory Size
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type)
32 GB 64 GB
Memory Types
Memory Types
DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600 DDR4-2666
Processor Graphics
Processor Graphics ‡
Intel® HD Graphics 620 Intel® UHD Graphics 630
Graphics Base Frequency
Graphics Base Frequency
300.00 MHz 350 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency
1.10 GHz 1.20 GHz
Graphics Video Max Memory
Graphics Video Max Memory
32 GB 64 GB
Package Size
Package Size
42mm X 24mm 37.5mm x 37.5mm
PCI Express Configurations
PCI Express Configurations ‡
1x4, 2x2, 1x2+2x1 and 4x1 Up to 1x16 or 2x8 or 1x8+2x4
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
Max # of PCI Express Lanes
12 16

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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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