IntelBX80684I59600K
AMD100-100000022BOX

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

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6 Cores, 12 Threads @3.8GHz, Zen2.
Release date: Q3 2019.

Real World Speed
Performance profile from 102,093 user samples
76,026 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 106% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 81% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 1.35 GHz (avg)
Poor: 81% Great: 106%
SPEED RANK: 16th / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 94%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 94%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
26,067 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 83% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 3.1 GHz (avg)
Poor: 83% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 21st / 1206
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 92%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 79%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
93.6 % +2% 91.5 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts +1% 135 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
270 Pts +2% 266 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
528 Pts +4% 509 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
750 Pts 835 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+11%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+10%
141 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
309 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+11%
279 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
604 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+10%
548 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
877 Pts 904 Pts +3%
Market Share
Based on 22,612,092 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
0.77 % 1.62 % Hugely higher market share.
+110%
Value
Value For Money
102 % Slightly better value.
+8%
95.2 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
180 % Much more popular.
+67%
108 %
Price
Price (score)
$200 Cheaper.
+17%
$240
Age
Newest
13 Months 5 Months Much more recent.
+62%
TDP
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
95 Watts 95 Watts
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 3.8 GHz +3%
Turbo Clock
Turbo Clock Speed
4.6 GHz +5% 4.4 GHz
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
881 Pts 1134 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+29%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
756 Pts 1081 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+43%
Series
CPU Architecture
Coffee Lake Zen2
Socket
Motherboard Socket
FCLGA1151 AM4
Graphics
Integrated Graphics
UHD 630 None
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Early Q3 of 2019 sees the release of the new Ryzen 5 3600X: a hex-core, 12-thread processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which delivers approximately 13% better IPC than the previous 12nm Zen+. For workstation builds the 3600X is viable, however, the $200 USD Ryzen 5 3600 represents a far better value proposition. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X basically buys a better cooler (Spire vs Stealth). This allows for an extra 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz on the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. Neither of the stock coolers on the 3600 or 3600X are as effective as a $20 USD aftermarket cooler such as the Gammaxx 400. The 3600 with a Gammaxx 400 outperforms the 3600X with a Spire cooler and when both use a Gammaxx 400 they are more or less identical. The 3600X SKU is basically a marketing gimmick designed to milk unsuspecting consumers. Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600X has 29% faster 64-core speed, it is around 11% worse for gaming (sub eight core performance). Additionally, the 3600X's memory controller, although significantly improved over previous Ryzen iterations, still has limited bandwidth and high latency which can also impact gaming. The arrival of Zen 2 marks the end of the "Sandy Bridge (i5-2500K)" era, Intel can no longer rely exclusively on their single-core advantage to dominate the market, they must also compete on price. [Jul '19 CPUPro]

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