IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000031BOX

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

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6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.6GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

CSGO
Dust 2 1080p Max
280 EFps Better CSGO EFps.
+20%
233 EFps
GTAV
Franklin & Lamar 1080p Max
110 EFps Slightly Better GTAV EFps.
+9%
101 EFps
Overwatch
Temple of Anubis 1080p Max
138 EFps Slightly Better Overwatch EFps.
+5%
131 EFps
PUBG
M249 Training 1080p Max
135 EFps Better PUBG EFps.
+13%
119 EFps
Fortnite
UserBenchmark Island 1080p Max
133 EFps +2% 131 EFps
Real World Speed
Performance profile from 416,888 user samples
135,173 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 105% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.2 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 86% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 4.3 GHz (avg)
Poor: 86% Great: 105%
SPEED RANK: 10th / 1239
Gaming
Gaming 96%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 97%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 81%
Aircraft carrier
281,715 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 93% Base clock 4.4 GHz, turbo 4.4 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 75% Base clock 3.6 GHz, turbo 0.55 GHz (avg)
Poor: 75% Great: 93%
SPEED RANK: 68th / 1239
Gaming
Gaming 85%
Aircraft carrier
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 80%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
96 % Faster effective speed.
+13%
85.3 %
Memory
Avg. Memory Latency
93.5 Pts Lower memory latency.
+16%
80.5 Pts
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts Slightly faster single-core speed.
+5%
130 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
272 Pts Slightly faster dual-core speed.
+7%
255 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
532 Pts Slightly faster quad-core speed.
+10%
484 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
764 Pts 800 Pts +5%
Memory
OC Memory Latency
97.5 Pts Slightly lower OC memory latency.
+8%
90.3 Pts
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Faster OC single-core speed.
+14%
136 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
310 Pts Faster OC dual-core speed.
+14%
271 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
616 Pts Faster OC quad-core speed.
+14%
539 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
895 Pts +1% 882 Pts
Market Share
Based on 28,602,306 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.26 % 4.6 % Hugely higher market share.
+265%
Value
Value For Money
105 % Slightly better value.
+8%
97.3 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
204 % +3% 198 %
Price
Price (score)
$199 $172 Cheaper.
+13%
Age
Newest
19 Months 10 Months Much more recent.
+47%
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 7 nm Much newer manufacturing.
+50%
Base Clock
Base Clock Speed
3.7 GHz +3% 3.6 GHz
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz Slightly faster turbo frequency.
+10%
4.2 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
898 Pts 1136 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+27%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
770 Pts 1044 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+36%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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