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 66,024 user samples
54,985 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 107% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 5.15 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 3.7 GHz, turbo 0.7 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 107%
SPEED RANK: 12th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 93%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 95%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 66%
Battle cruiser
11,039 User Benchmarks
Best Bench: 97% Base clock 3.8 GHz, turbo 4.35 GHz (avg)
Worst Bench: 79% Base clock 0.8 GHz, turbo 0.8 GHz (avg)
Poor: 79% Great: 97%
SPEED RANK: 18th / 1182
Gaming
Gaming 91%
Nuclear submarine
Desktop
Desktop 93%
Nuclear submarine
Workstation
Workstation 78%
Battleship
Effective Speed
Effective CPU Speed
92.8 % +2% 90.6 %
1-Core
Avg. Single Core Mixed Speed
137 Pts +1% 135 Pts
2-Core
Avg. Dual Core Mixed Speed
272 Pts +2% 266 Pts
4-Core
Avg. Quad Core Mixed Speed
530 Pts +4% 510 Pts
8-Core
Avg. Octa Core Mixed Speed
750 Pts 831 Pts Slightly faster octa-core speed.
+11%
64-Core
Avg. Multi Core Mixed Speed
758 Pts 1075 Pts Much faster 64-core speed.
+42%
1-Core
OC Single Core Mixed Speed
155 Pts Slightly faster OC single-core speed.
+11%
140 Pts
2-Core
OC Dual Core Mixed Speed
310 Pts Slightly faster OC dual-core speed.
+12%
278 Pts
4-Core
OC Quad Core Mixed Speed
612 Pts Slightly faster OC quad-core speed.
+12%
547 Pts
8-Core
OC Octa Core Mixed Speed
894 Pts 902 Pts +1%
64-Core
OC Multi Core Mixed Speed
888 Pts 1136 Pts Faster OC 64-core speed.
+28%
Market Share
Based on 20,344,320 CPUs tested.
Market Share
Market Share (trailing 30 days)
1.03 % Much higher market share.
+49%
0.69 %
Value
Value For Money
98.4 % +4% 94.5 %
User Rating
UBM User Rating
150 % Much more popular.
+47%
102 %
Price
Price (score)
$225 Slightly cheaper.
+6%
$239
Age
Newest
11 Months 2 Months Hugely more recent.
+82%
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
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, PCIE 4.0 enabled processor. AMD are releasing five new CPUs based on their latest Zen 2 microarchitecture which features a 7nm manufacturing process that 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 better value proposition, especially for consumers who are willing to overclock. The additional $40 USD for the 3600X buys 200 MHz of extra base and boost clock: 3.8 / 4.4 GHz for the 3600X vs 3.6 / 4.2 GHz on the 3600, this translates to approximately 2% higher overclocked performance for 20% more money. The 3600X ships with a more powerful Wraith Spire cooler (compared to a Wraith Stealth on the 3600). Comparing the 3600X to Intel’s overclocked flagship i5-9600K shows that although the 3600 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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