IntelBX80684I59600K
AMDYD1600BBAEBOX

6 Cores, 6 Threads @3.7GHz, Coffee Lake.
Release date: Q4 2018.

6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.2GHz, Zen.
Release date: Q2 2017.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 132,109 user samples
3,614 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 118% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.05 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 90% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 90% Great: 118%
SPEED RANK: 22nd / 1143
Gaming
Gaming 103%
UFO
Desktop
Desktop 100%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 75%
Battleship
128,495 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% Base clock 4.15 GHz, turbo 4.1 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 68% Base clock 3.2 GHz, turbo 3.4 GHz (avg)
Poor: 68% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 74th / 1143
Gaming
Gaming 80%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 78%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 74%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
103 % Faster effective speed.
+29%
80.3 %
SC Mixed
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
136 Pts Much faster single-core speed.
+35%
101 Pts
QC Mixed
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
525 Pts Much faster quad-core speed.
+36%
387 Pts
MC Mixed
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
758 Pts 850 Pts Slightly faster multi-core speed.
+12%
SC Mixed
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
153 Pts Much faster OC single-core speed.
+33%
115 Pts
QC Mixed
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
602 Pts Much faster OC quad-core speed.
+32%
455 Pts
MC Mixed
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
872 Pts 977 Pts Slightly faster OC multi-core speed.
+12%
Market Share
Based on 12,865,761 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.7 % 1.47 % Hugely higher market share.
+110%
Value
Value For Money
111 % Slightly better value.
+8%
103 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
61 % 145 % Hugely more popular.
+138%
Price
Price (score)
$240 $150 Much cheaper.
+37%
Age
Newest
1 Months Hugely more recent.
+95%
20 Months
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 65 Watts Much more energy efficient.
+32%
Cores
CPU Processing Cores
6 cores 6 cores
Threads
CPU Processing Threads
6 threads 12 threads Hugely higher thread count.
+100%
Lithography
Manufacturing process
14 nm 14 nm
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz Faster base frequency.
+16%
3.2 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Faster turbo frequency.
+28%
3.6 GHz
SC Int
Single Core Integer Speed
147 Pts Much faster single-core int speed.
+32%
111 Pts
SC Float
Single Core Floating Point Speed
161 Pts Much faster single-core fp speed.
+34%
120 Pts
QC Int
Quad Core Integer Speed
578 Pts Much faster quad-core int speed.
+33%
436 Pts
QC Float
Quad Core Floating Point Speed
637 Pts Much faster quad-core fp speed.
+34%
474 Pts
MC Int
Multi Core Integer Speed
827 Pts 946 Pts Slightly faster multi-core int speed.
+14%
MC Float
Multi Core Floating Point Speed
940 Pts 984 Pts +5%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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